Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$24,960 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code006231C
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
English language requirements

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

Deakin course code A611
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Get an understanding of the complex social, political, and economic issues facing our increasingly-globalised world. Study international and community development at Deakin and get the skills you need to make a difference – both at home and abroad.

Deakin's International and Community Development program is one of the longest running within Australia, giving you the assurance of many years’ experience in teaching this highly-developed course.

This professional, cross-disciplinary course is suitable for graduates from all disciplines. Offered as a fully-online program, it is aimed at current and aspiring development professionals keen to deepen their knowledge of the world’s development landscape.

The course examines the historical record of development, the socioeconomic and policy dimensions of development, and the foundation of sustainable development. You can specialise in either community development or international development, choosing from electives in areas such as poverty and health, gender and development, food security, microfinance and poverty reduction.

Good development promotes justice, reduces poverty, and builds environments for people to lead productive, creative and fulfilling lives. The course is designed to give you the specialised skills to help drive development projects in local and international communities, gaining expertise in all phases of project delivery including conceptualisation, project design, implementation, monitoring and assessment.

The Internship unit offers a chance to gain first hand work experience in a region or employment sector closely associated with topics studied in the course. 

Career opportunities exist working in areas such as social justice, empowerment, poverty alleviation, and community development. These include non-government organisations (NGOs), government agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and private sector consulting. You may seek opportunities in related areas including teaching, the travel industry, consulting enterprises, journalism, and government and non-government agencies concerned with the flow of trade, services, capital and personnel.

Fees and charges

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Use and apply advanced and critical understanding of the theory and practice of international and community development and the contribution of diverse disciplinary worldviews. 

Communication

Apply advanced oral, written and interpersonal communication to plan, inform, and debate, complex multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral issues for improved social, environmental and economic outcomes 

Digital literacy

Use advanced knowledge of digital information sources and applications to source, analyse and report on complex data and information for effective research and professional development, across interpersonal, organisational and professional cultures.

Critical thinking

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

Problem solving

Demonstrate clear ability to comprehend and interpret competing options for solving complex or “wicked” problems with creativity, innovation and respect.

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, respect and accountability and a continued commitment to learning and reflective practice in diverse international and community development contexts.

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

Course rules

Students commencing after 2014:

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development (ICD), a student must successfully complete 8 cp of units in one of the following configurations:

International Development Stream (3 cp) plus 5 cp of ICD electives

Community Development Stream (3 cp) plus 5 cp of ICD electives

Dual Stream (5 cp) plus 3 cp of ICD electives

Students who commenced prior to 2014 should follow the course rules and structure shown in the Handbook for their year of commencement.

Course structure

International Development Stream

ADS701Introduction to International and Community Development

ADS733The Economic Development Record (formerly AID733)

ADS734Political Development Record (formerly AID734)

Community Development Stream

ADS701Introduction to International and Community Development

ADS704Community Development Theory and Practice A (formerly ASD704)

ADS705Community Development Theory and Practice B (formerly ASD705)

Dual Stream - International Development & Community Development

ADS701Introduction to International and Community Development

ADS704Community Development Theory and Practice A (formerly ASD704)

ADS705Community Development Theory and Practice B (formerly ASD705)

ADS733The Economic Development Record (formerly AID733)

ADS734Political Development Record (formerly AID734)

Electives and Course Map

International Development and Community Development Electives

ADS711Non-Government Organisations and other Development Actors

ADS712Food Security

ADS714Gender and Development

ADS715Cross Cultural Communication and Practice

ADS717Sustainability and Development

ADS720Arts and Sports-based Approaches to Community Development

ADS721Policy and Advocacy in Development Contexts

ADS722Corporate Approaches to Development, Social Enterprise and Microfinance

ADS723The Development Project Cycle

ADS733The Economic Development Record

ADS734Political Development Record

ADS753International and Community Development Internship (2 credit points)

External Electives

ASS705Anthropology of Poverty and Development

ASS706Poverty, Health and Illness

AHA716Humanitarian Settlement

Course Map




Entry requirements - specific

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. 

Pathways

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.

Highest same discipline award held at point of entry

Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
Bachelor, same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 0.5 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (4 credit points)
Graduate Certificate, same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 0.5 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (4 credit points)

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student’s prior qualifications and professional experience.

The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and the Masters in International and Community Development comprise a suite of fully articulated courses. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of International and Community Development will lead to entry into either the Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development or the Master of International and Community Development with up to 4 credit points for credit transfer. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development or equivalent will lead to entry into the Master of International and Community Development with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of International and Community Development (A511)