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Good development promotes justice, reduces poverty, and builds environments for people to lead productive, creative and fulfilling lives.
Development programs and project work for poverty reduction are major areas of professional employment. Demand is high for people with a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to undertake projects that benefit the communities in which they work.
Longest established program
Deakin's International and Community Development program is one of the longest established in Australia, giving you the assurance of many years experience in teaching this highly developed course.
What our academics say:
“Community Development is emerging as a major area of employment in Australia and overseas. There is a growing need for people who have the balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to undertake projects that benefit the communities in which they work. We have designed the Deakin Community Development program so that graduates gain the expertise to instigate exciting, creative, empowering and strategic ways of responding to social issues. It is important to work globally as well as locally in order to learn from others working in different programs throughout the world.”
Professor Sue Kenny
“Our communication with practitioners, policy makers and students allows us to respond in ways that keep this course lively, relevant and effective, helping to keep Deakin's MICD at the forefront of the field.”
Professor Damien Kingsbury
International and Community Development studies:
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Knowledge and skills
The courses cover the progress of ideas, thinking on key issues, understanding concepts, and the examination of community or international development case studies. While units are regularly updated to ensure contemporary relevance, study guide material and teaching media are informed by practical experience and the involvement of staff in development research and project-related technical assistance.
We recognise that students working in the development sector require a wide range of skills. As a Deakin postgraduate student, you may elect to study Indonesian language or undertake a research dissertation (in the Masters degree).
We know that postgraduate study is a big commitment. Deakin's postgraduate programs are genuinely flexible to help you fit your studies in with workplace and personal commitments. Regardless of where you live, resources can be posted, or accessed from our library's comprehensive electronic collection.
At Deakin we pride ourselves on providing quality postgraduate courses. Excellence is evident in all aspects of our courses from the standard of our study materials to the teaching staff, who are leaders in their field. Setting a benchmark for Australian universities, our library service is among the best in the world.
As a Deakin student you have access to the best new technologies. The University has produced its own Software Essentials DVD to support online communication. All units offer a dedicated teaching and learning site Deakin Studies Online.
As a Deakin postgraduate student, you will become part of a network of researchers, academics, practitioners and alumni. You will have access to specialist knowledge and the opportunity to establish new resources and contacts with people who are currently shaping and influencing this field.