1 year part-time
Explore development programs that make a real difference to millions of people worldwide with the Graduate Certificate of International and Community Development. This course offers an introduction to global and local development challenges and opportunities, and provides a guaranteed pathway to our masters degree.
Unique challenges and opportunities face us all. Do you want to contribute to a sustainable and equitable future for all? Why not turn one of your strengths into a successful and rewarding career?
If considering pathways to a more sustainable future is a job you’d love waking up to, the Graduate Certificate of International and Community Development gives you the tools to do more of what you’re passionate about each and every day. The course gives you a deep understanding of the challenges facing humanity and the planet. It builds your foundational knowledge of international and community development and introduces you to initiatives that promote justice, reduce poverty and build sustainable living environments for the people who need it most. You’ll be guided by academic staff with extensive professional experience within the sector and course content is finely tuned to the state of local and global events that impact development – just two of the reasons why our graduates are better prepared for their current and future roles.
This course can be used as a stepping stone into the Master of International and Community Development. It’s made up of two core units and two elective units from the masters course, so you will be able to find out which topics you want to learn more about before articulating into the masters. Whichever units you choose, you will be developing a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that allow you to respond to challenges like poverty, disempowerment, inequality and environmental vulnerability.
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- Award granted
- Graduate Certificate of International and Community Development
2024 course information
- Deakin code
- Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of International and Community Development, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study as listed below and
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Trimester 3 - November
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Additional course information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
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To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher
- at least two years' relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
English language proficiency requirements
To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:
- bachelor degree from a recognised English-speaking country
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
- other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)
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Recognition of prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
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 the Master of International and Community Development.
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The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
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- does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
- does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
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The practical skills you gain throughout the course will prepare you for roles in all organisations that respond to challenges relating to social justice, empowerment, poverty and community development. These include:
- international and domestic non-government organisations
- government agencies
- local community organisations, councils and other civil society actors
- Commonwealth departments such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
- international aid and development agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other UN agencies
- bilateral and multilateral agencies.
There is also the potential to work in related areas, such as:
- social enterprise and other private sector business
- government and non-government agencies concerned with the flow of trade, services, capital and personnel.
For those looking to continue their studies, this course is a guaranteed pathway into the Master of International and Community Development.
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Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
|Investigate, comprehend and apply specialised and critical understanding of the theory and practice of international and community development and the contribution of diverse disciplinary worldviews.
|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 to a range of audiences.
|Use advanced knowledge of digital information sources and applications to source, apply, analyse and report on complex data and information for effective research and professional development, across interpersonal, organisational and professional cultures.
|Research, critically analyse, report and act on global and local issues and opportunities in historical and contemporary development discourse
|Comprehend, interpret and evaluate competing options for solving complex or “wicked” problems with creativity, innovation and respect.
|Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, respect and accountability and a continued commitment reflective practice and ongoing learning in diverse international and community development contexts.
|Contribute to effective collaboration, participation and achievement of mutually agreed upon team outcomes through active, engaged, respectful and self-reflective participation in research and practice, across practice, cultures and disciplines.
|Question, engage and examine a range of social justice, environmental, and development issues taking into consideration indigenous, local and global contexts.
Approved by Faculty Board November 2018