The University of Newcastle, Australia
Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face, Online

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Fees

AUD28,340 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

Duration

1.5 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face, Online

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

UON program code: 40015
CRICOS code: 088342F

Program handbook

Description

The program is designed to provide students who wish to pursue a career with government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and private firms, with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of social change and development and to improve their effectiveness as administrators, researchers, development planners, local officers, educators, or managers. As people and governments from the rich world take on the responsibility to engage with the developing world, there is a growing need for qualified professionals to work in the community development and policy analysis sectors of funded development projects and aid organisations. For those working now in developing countries, this program enhances your capacity to improve outcomes and make change effectively.

While a base undergraduate degree in an area of relevant specialisation is useful for this kind of work, professionals in the field of international development need an understanding of the implications of wider social and political changes at a global level which affect local conditions and capacities. The program aims to equip professionals with advanced theoretical and applied knowledge, which can meet the challenges of development work in a rapidly changing global environment.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Apply advanced knowledge and skills in writing about competing development paradigms and their associated problems and issues
  • Apply advanced critical thinking and reasoning to demonstrate advanced understanding of recent development projects oriented towards social change
  • Solve a range of social change and development problems using an evidence-based approach by investigating, analysing and synthesising complex information and available resources
  • Interpret, justify and communicate development and social change projects, and apply critical thinking and reasoning to social change and development issues
  • An advanced capacity to demonstrate and apply specific theoretical and empirical expertise in areas of policy analysis to the economic problems facing developing economies
  • Design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise social change and development projects both autonomously and as part of a team
  • Apply critical thinking and reasoning to demonstrate advanced understanding of social change and development, and apply theories of organisational leadership to building the capacity of organisations

Details

Information correct as at14 Oct 2019 3:20 AM
Program code40015
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1.5 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Law School
  2. Newcastle Business School
  3. Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies
  4. School of Education
  5. School of Humanities and Social Science
  6. School of Architecture and Built Environment
  7. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code088342F

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Admission information

Admission requirements

The Master of Social Change and Development is an 80 - 120 unit postgraduate qualification.

Discipline areas include: sociology, geography, anthropology and development studies, agriculture, environmental studies, education, municipal community or social work/welfare, Indigenous Studies and economics.

Bachelor degree in a discipline area with 2 years relevant work experience (80 units)

OR

Bachelor degree in a discipline area with no relevant work experience (120 units)

OR

Bachelor degree in a non-discipline area (120 units)

OR

Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline area (80 units)

OR

Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant discipline area (80 units)

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://gradschool.edu.au/future-students/how-to-apply

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

120 units

Program duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

The Master of Social Change and Development is an AQF level 9 Masters by Coursework program between 80 - 120 units in length. All students must complete 60 units of Core courses and 20 units of Directed courses from Group A. Students undertaking the 120 unit program must complete an additional 40 units of Directed courses chosen from Group A and or Group B.

The structure of the Master of Social Change and Development allows students to apply for credit to enter into the program by first completing the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development (40 units) or apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning will be considered for studies in

  • areas such as sociology, geography, anthropology, development studies, social work, welfare, human resource management, politics, health, environmental studies, indigenous studies, economics, agriculture and education;
  • relevant work experience such as working in a developing country or indigenous community in either a NGO or government department.

Note: There is no recognition of work experience if the qualification is in a discipline area


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Master of Social Change and Development

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
SOCA6240Project Design and Evaluation
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SOCA6571Development and Social Change
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
20 units
SOCA6640Social Science Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SOCA6670Social Change and Development Research Project
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
20 units

Master of Social Change and Development

Directed Courses - Group A

Complete 20 Units of Directed Courses from Group A. Students undertaking the 120 unit program must complete an additional 40 units of Directed courses chosen from Group A and or Group B.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR6004Community Development
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ARBE6605Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6260Education and International Development: Global Perspectives
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6500Business and the Natural Environment
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6430Issues in Developing Economies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS6104Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human DisplacementNot currently offered10 units
SOCA6100International Health: Cross-Cultural and Critical Social Science Perspectives
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SOCA6120Beyond Globalisation: Social Changes and Global ChallengesNot currently offered10 units
SOCA6190Gender and Social ChangeNot currently offered10 units
SOCA6590Environmental Justice
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SOCA6690Rural Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture for Community DevelopmentNot currently offered10 units
SWRK6008Capacity Building in Human ServiceNot currently offered10 units
SWRK6200Transformative Leadership in Human ServicesNot currently offered10 units
Directed Courses - Group B

Students undertaking the 120 unit program must complete an additional 40 units of Directed courses chosen from Group A and or Group B.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR6001Aboriginal Foundation Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ABOR6004Community Development
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ARBE6607Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6260Education and International Development: Global Perspectives
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6261Comparative Education: Debates and DilemmasNot currently offered10 units
ENVS6500Business and the Natural Environment
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS6510Environmental Legislation and Policy
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6007Managing Human Resources in International Organisations
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6430Issues in Developing Economies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS6020Environmental Law
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.