Prospective and newly commencing students should refer to our new program

Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.

Program handbook

Description

This program is for continuing students only and from 2015 has been replaced by the Graudate Certificate in Social Change and Development (Program code 12376).

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, educators, or managers. As Australia engages more and more with developing countries in the region, 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.

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.


Details

Information correct as at23rd Apr 2018 6:32am
Program code11232
Mode of delivery
  • Combination of Online and Face to Face
  • Online - Distance Learning: Information Technology BasedDistance Learning: Paper Based
Duration
  • Australian students - 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 0.5 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Business School
  2. Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies
  3. School of Education
  4. School of Humanities and Social Science
  5. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code032750G

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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 and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Students who have completed relevant postgraduate studies may apply for up to 20 units credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program requirements

Qualification for the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development award requires the successful completion of 40 units of coursework, which comprises:

  • a core course SOCA6570
  • 30 units chosen from the list of Directed courses.

Please note, other electives may be studied with approval of the Program Convenor.

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for entry into the Master of Social Change and Development program with 40 units of credit in that award. The Master of Social Change and Development is an 80 unit program.

Students wishing to continue to the Master of Social Change and Development in a particular area of Specialisation should consider undertaking their Directed Courses in their chosen area of Specialisation (Aboriginal Studies; Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development; International and Development Economics; or Organisational Leadership and Capacity Building). Refer to the specialisations in the Master of Social Change and Development at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/11233.html

For further information, please contact a Program Officer.

Note: Not all courses are offered each semester.


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.


Transition arrangements

2013 TRANSITION ARRANGEMENTS

A number of courses have been removed from the program. Students who commenced prior to Semester 1, 2013 and have completed a course which has been removed will be able to count it towards their 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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Core Courses

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

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
SOCA6570Social Change and DevelopmentNot currently offered10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR6001Aboriginal Foundation Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ABOR6002Decolonisation: An Australian Context
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ABOR6003Contemporary Aboriginal Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ABOR6004Community Development
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ABOR6005Aboriginal Education 1st World Policy / Third World Outcomes
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ECON6440Economic Planning and Project EvaluationNot currently offered10 units
ECON6450Applied Policy AnalysisNot currently offered10 units
EDUC6260Education and International Development: Global Perspectives
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6261Comparative Education: Debates and Dilemmas
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6500Business and the Natural Environment
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6510Environmental Legislation and Policy
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6525Sustainability and Ecosystem Health
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6530Environmental Management
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6545Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
GECO6400Macroeconomics Policy in Asia PacificNot currently offered10 units
GECO6420International Trade and InvestmentNot currently offered10 units
GSBS6007Managing Human Resources in International Organisations
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6009Cross-Cultural Management
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6055International Human Resource ManagementNot currently offered10 units
GSBS6070Principles of LeadershipNot currently offered10 units
GSBS6100Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6430Issues in Developing Economies
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCA6120Beyond Globalisation: Social Changes and Global ChallengesNot currently offered10 units
SOCA6190Gender and Social ChangeNot currently offered10 units
SOCA6240Project Design and Evaluation
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
SOCA6590Environmental Issues and their Social Context
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
SOCA6640Social Science Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (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

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.

The Faculty of Education and Arts accepts responsibility for providing reasonable accommodations for international students, in liaison with the International Development Services unit support team, which offers practical assistance and advice to international students.

All new International Students will be provided with an Orientation of the Faculty of Education and Arts and the University at the commencement of each Semester.

There is a designated International Student Liaison Officer in all Schools within the Faculty of Education and Arts. This Officer is available to International Students as a representative and also to seek guidance and advice from.


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