Master of International and Community Development

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Overview

Get the expertise to respond to challenges of poverty, disempowerment and wider development aspirations in creative, effective and culturally-sensitive ways.

Good development promotes justice, reduces poverty and builds environments for people to lead sustainable, productive and fulfilling lives.

Development programs and project work for poverty reduction and social cohesion are major areas of professional employment. You can focus your studies on countries undergoing the development process or on communities within Australia.

Deakin’s Master of International and Community Development provides you with analytical skills to understand the contexts of development programs as well as practical skills. These skills help you formulate, resource, implement, and evaluate international and community development projects.

As part of this course, you’ll be required to undertake research in a relevant area. You’ll also develop a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to allow you to undertake projects that benefit the communities in which you work.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Key information

Award granted

Master of International and Community Development

Year

2018 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Deakin code

A727

Level

Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Course Structure

To qualify for the Master of International Community Development, a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study according to one of the options listed below and AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit).

Core Unit & Streams

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Students complete one core unit (1 credit point), plus one of three streams (2 credit points or 4 credit points), plus one of three research options (2 credit points, 4 credit points or 6 credit points) plus electives to a total of 16 credit points.

    Core unit

  • Introduction to International and Community Development ADS701
  • Streams

    International Development Stream

  • The Economic Development Record ADS733
  • Political Development Record ADS734
  • Community Development Stream

  • Community Development Theory and Practice A ADS704
  • Community Development Theory and Practice B ADS705
  • Dual Stream - International Development and Community Development

  • Community Development Theory and Practice A ADS704
  • Community Development Theory and Practice B ADS705
  • The Economic Development Record ADS733
  • Political Development Record ADS734
  • Research Options 1, 2 & 3

    Research options

    Option 1: Research Project (6 cp)

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Plus one of

  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • Or

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Students then complete:

  • Dissertation A AIX702 (2cp)
  • And 

  • Dissertation B AIX703 (2cp)
  • Option 2: Research Paper (4 cp)

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Plus one of

  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • Or

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Students then complete:

  • Research Paper A AIX704
  • And

  • Research Paper B AIX705
  • Option 3: Research Project (2 cp)

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Students then complete:

  • Research Project AIX701
  • Electives

  • Non-Government Organisations and other Development Actors ADS711
  • Policy and Advocacy in Development Contexts ADS721
  • Arts and Sports-based Approaches to Community Development ADS720
  • Food Security ADS712
  • International and Community Development Internship ADS753 (2 credit points)
  • The Development Project Cycle ADS723
  • Gender and Development ADS714
  • Corporate Approaches to Development, Social Enterprise and Microfinance ADS722
  • Cross Cultural Communication and Practice ADS715
  • Sustainability and Development ADS717
  • External electives

  • Anthropology of Poverty and Development ASS705
  • Poverty, Health and Illness ASS706
  • Humanitarian Settlement AHA716





  • Entry requirements

    Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

    Research Information

    Students will undertake research training and complete a research project in one of the three following options:

    • one credit points of research training in research design, and a one credit point research project;
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a two credit point research project; or
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a four credit point research project developed in consultation with a supervisor from the relevant discipline

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Acquire advanced and integrated understanding of international community development and expert cognitive skills in the synthesis, and application of theory and practice in international and community development within diverse disciplinary contexts and worldviews. 

    Communication

    Apply oral, written and interpersonal communication to plan, inform, and debate complex multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral issues for improved social, environmental and economic outcomes to a wide range of audiences, and contexts. 

    Digital literacy

    Source, analyse and report on complex data and information for effective research and professional development, across interpersonal, organisational and professional contexts. 

    Critical thinking

    Investigate, critically analyse, report and act on global and local issues and opportunities in historical and contemporary development discourse.

    Problem solving

    Use advanced skills in the comprehension and interpretation of competing options for solving complex or “wicked” problems with creativity, innovation and respect.

    Self-management

    Plan, organise and manage competing demands on time, to work mindfully in a personal and professional capacity cross culturally. 

    Teamwork

    Contribute to effective global and local collaboration, participation and achievement of mutually understood outcomes through sensitive, self-reflective and active engagement with research and practice, across cultures and disciplines.

    Global citizenship

    Question, engage, provoke and innovate to ensure social justice, reduce poverty, promote environmental sustainability, and increase equality in personal and professional capacity to ensure environments conducive to achieving creative and fulfilling lives. 

    Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Course pathways

    If you have a Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points) If you have a Graduate Certificate in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (unit) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Graduate Diploma in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)

    Tap the infographic to explore your options

    A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background.  A ‘same discipline’ award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in International Politics, Development Studies, Community Development, International Studies, International Relations or Development Policy

    Alternative exits

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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