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Master of Community Development (MCommDev)


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Title Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Course Code M1212
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr David Palmer | Email: D.Palmer@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2288

Qualification Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description People involved with government, neighbourhood groups, social action, overseas aid, schools, local councils, sustainability, Indigenous groups, social services, the arts, business and tourism are all talking about community development as a new way of doing things. The Master of Community Development provides you with an understanding of the practice of community development, the broad range of settings in which it is carried out, social research methods and social policy forces that impact on practice. It also involves students undertaking an original, substantive investigation of a community development issue under the supervision of a Murdoch University staff member.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent training, though not necessarily in an area directly related to the course, or satisfactory preparation through previous study or professional experience.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Employment Prospects This course will enhance practitioners' qualifications and open opportunities for those interested in undertaking social research in settings such as community and social services, local government, overseas aid work, economic and social planning, sustainable development and Indigenous governance.
Main research areas Social Policy, Community Studies, Sociology.
Nested Awards Students can opt out of the Masters and exit with the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Community Development subject to satisfying the course requirements.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

University regulations require completion of a minimum of 24 points at 600-level and a maximum of 24 points at 500-level for a 48-point Masters by Coursework degree.

Core Units - 27 to 36 credit points

Theory - 21 credit points

COD545 Community Development Theory and Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

COD505 Mining, Communities and Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

AST650 Culture, Communities and Sustainability in Asia - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS512 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS611 Resilient Regions: People and Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: SUM-internal (quota of 10 places), SUM-external, U-internal (quota of 10 places), U-external

COD508 Community Development Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Capstone Experience - 6 to 15 credit points

Select either:

ART610 Masters by Coursework Research Dissertation - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external


ART604 Advanced Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external


ART6401 Masters by Coursework Research Project - 6 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external, U-internal, U-external, Y-internal, Y-external

Specified Electives - 12 to 21 credit points

Select from the Professional or Policy Electives below.

Professional Electives

MBS685 Project Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, W-internal, W-external

SWM621 Ethics and Global Justice - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN546 Dynamics of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace and the Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ART6071 In-Country Studies Indonesia - 12 points
Not available this year

Policy Electives

AST558 Gender in Asian Societies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENV680 Climate Change Adaptation: Ecosystems and Societies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SUS523 Cities and Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

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