Postgraduate course

Graduate Certificate in Community Development

Are you passionate about finding creative solutions to get communities together and involved? This course is for those wanting to make a difference through positive changes and set up projects to make their neighbourhoods better places.

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Murdoch code

C1107

Study mode

Part Time

Duration (years)

1

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Overview

This course will introduce you to the community development ideas and practices used to create and foster community-led change in settings around Australia and beyond.

This course is designed for community work practitioners and graduates with an interest in moving into emerging fields that embrace the ideas and practices of community development, and want to broaden their knowledge through an introductory postgraduate course.

You'll study real and living community projects that build on cultural strength in remote areas, urban agriculture and sustainability projects, grassroots creative arts projects, activism work and much more. Combine case studies, documentaries, films and other creative digital forms that showcase examples of community work and attend workshops designed to teach creative ways of getting the community involved.

6 reasons to study a Graduate Certificate in Community Development at Murdoch

  • Be taught by leading academics who have themselves worked for community organisations and still carry out research on community-based projects including work with local government authorities, Indigenous Australian groups, and in the cultural development, arts and film industries.
  • Build a course that suits your career goals by choosing from a range of core units and electives.
  • Put theory into practice by undertaking a community development internship in a migrant resource centre, state or local government office, international development agency or through an alternative education project or community arts project.
  • Choose full-time, part-time, on-campus or online options to help you fit study into your working life. If you’re an international student, you’ll need to study full-time to meet your visa requirements.
  • Units completed in this course count as course credit for our Graduate Diploma in Community Development if you want to take your studies further.
  • Looking to continue on and complete a masters in as little as 24 months? Units completed in this course also count as credit for our Master of Community Development.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • community development in Indigenous communities
  • building links between community, industry and local government
  • social policy activism and community change
  • sustainable and ecological community development
  • understanding the dynamics of cultural diversity in the workplace and community.

Your career

When you graduate you could work in many industry areas such as community and social services, local government, humanitarian organisations, NGOs, aid work, economic and social planning, sustainable development and Indigenous governance.

Careers could include:

  • Community Arts, Development or Service Coordinator
  • Federal or State Government Policy Advisor
  • International Aid Worker
  • Engagement Officer
  • Place and Activations Officer.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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