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Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Course Code G1061
Study Level Graduate Diploma
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description In addition to building upon students' knowledge of community development theory and practice, the Graduate Diploma in Community Development is designed to develop knowledge of social research and community participatory methods. The course combines the study of community development theory, settings and policy formation with the development of knowledge and skills in community planning, research methods and program evaluation. As part of their studies students will either undertake a placement with a community organisation or carry out a community-based research project.
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.
Employment Prospects This course will enhance practitioners qualifications and open opportunities for those interested in social research and working in industry areas 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.
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 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 18 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

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

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

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

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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