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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)
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Academic Contacts

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

Academic Chair: Mr Cameron Tero | Email: C.Tero@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2992

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.
This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
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.
Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the Masters in Community Development students should be able to:

· examine the history of community development in Australia
· demonstrate essential knowledge necessary for a career in community work
· identify the practices and methodologies needed to work across a range of community settings
· critically evaluate key policy and legislative drivers that shape work in social and community development
· evaluate programmes and initiatives designed to improve the circumstances of communities
· respond to formal and informal feedback to improve the quality of written work
· produce well-structured and clear written work across a range of professional and academic styles.
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 - 30 to 36 credit points

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

COD505 Community, Industry and Local Government - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

COD504 Community, Policy and Change - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

COD502 Community Development in Indigenous Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

COD601 Community Development Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

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

COD608 Community Development Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: Y-internal, Y-external

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


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

Specified Electives - 12 to 18 credit points

TLC501 Communication Skills for Postgraduate Study - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

SUS611 Resilient Regions: People and Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: SUM-internal (quota of 120 places), SUM-external

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

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

SWM511 Critical Approaches to Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

MBS685 Project Management - 3 points
Not available this year

SWM628 Development and Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: WSP3-internal

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

EDN546 Dynamics of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace and the Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

MBS651 Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organisations - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

GRD503 Design Thinking Tools - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

GRD508 Innovation Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

MBS589 Social Enterprise, Social Innovation And Profit For Purpose - 3 points
Not available this year

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