Undergraduate major

Community Development

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.

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Murdoch code

MJ-CMDA

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Full Time or Part Time

Selection rank

70

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Overview

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.

3 reasons to study Community Development at Murdoch

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Murdoch has received a 5-star rating for median graduate salary in the fields of Humanities, Culture 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

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.

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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 tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous 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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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

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.

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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