Explore how to get people more involved in locally designed projects, experience different examples of community development projects and learn about the history of community work, policy and the diversity of communities.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
In this course, you’ll learn how to make a difference in local communities by working closely with schools, local councils, ecologists, Indigenous groups, social services organisations, resource companies, universities and other groups.
You’ll explore how to encourage people to get more involved in locally designed projects, experience different examples of community development projects and learn about the history of community work, policy and the diversity of communities. Your core units will include ‘Introduction to Community Development’, ‘Creative Ways to Work with Community’, ‘Social Policy and Community Action’, and ‘Indigenous Community Development’.
When you graduate, you will be well equipped for a career in local government, community services, remote area education, Indigenous communities, community arts and cultural development, overseas aid work, sustainable development, social work-related areas, or economic, social and urban planning.
At the end of your degree, you will graduate with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work in a range of scenarios.
6 reasons to study Community Development at Murdoch
- Throughout your degree, you will have the opportunity to intern with community groups, private organisations, non-government agencies (NGOs), or government departments through our Work Integrated Learning program.
- Study two majors in 3 years and graduate with 2 specialisations (for example, combining Community Development with International Aid and Development) to expand your expertise and career prospects.
- Alternatively, you can combine the Community Development major with two minors (for example, in Asian Studies and Australian Indigenous Studies) to further enhance your career prospects with 3 specialisations.
- You’ll create an e-portfolio of your work to showcase to employers when you graduate.
- Murdoch has received a 5-star rating for median graduate salary in the fields of Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences*.
- Murdoch is ranked number one in WA for full-time employment in Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences*.
*Source: The Good Universities Guide 2020
What you’ll learn
Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:
- creative ways to work with community
- overseas aid and international development
- Indigenous community development
- social policy and community action
- sustainable urban communities.
Customise your course
Customise your course with a second major or combined degree. Adding a second major or combined degree enhances your career prospects and allows you to specialise in two areas of study. Here are some combinations we recommend:
Your future career
With a degree in Community Development, you could work in local communities in a range of roles in Australia or overseas.
Careers could include:
- Community Project Manager
- Youth Engagement Officer
- Regional Development Coordinator
- International Aid/Development Worker
- Community Development Officer.
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus or external
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
Required short work placement or practice project component
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
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