Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

308632 v.2 Graduate Diploma in Community Development


Course CRICOS Code: 051617M
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This course provides those with experiences and/or interests in this field of work with a professional qualification. It provides an appreciation of community development theories and practices informed by diversity of critical theory. Specialised knowledge in community development and the 'use of self' in professional practice are discussed along with an exploration of working with diverse communities and the importance of context. Combining reflection on work in the field with an appreciation of various theoretical frameworks, personal awareness and ongoing experience contribute to a critically reflective practice.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A three year degree in a related discipline, plus a minimum of one year's documented relevant work experience. All applicants will need to complete an application form, provide a Curriculum Vitae, certified copies of other related qualifications, a personal statement and two references and attend an interview with the program coordinator.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening/Clearance section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Not more than two units will be exempted and exemptions will not be granted based solely on work experience.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Course Organisation

The course is delivered in a variety of modes including late afternoon and early evening on-campus lectures, weekend workshops or weekend blocks.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment, both locally and internationally, within government departments, community organisations, local government and international aid projects.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Study Period 1

306343 v.1   SW 595 - Community Development 2.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 1

11462 v.2   SW 534 - Advanced Practice - Reflexivity in Practice 2.0 25.0
307046 v.1   SW 601 - Introduction to Community 3.0 25.0
7522 v.8   Research Methods 602 2.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

304385 v.3 # SW 697 - Independent Study Research Proposal Preparation 2.0 25.0
307044 v.1   SW 603 - Conceptualising Community 3.0 25.0
7818 v.5   Professional Ethics 501 2.0 25.0
  SELECT 1 OPTION   25.0
Optional units (No year level specified) Hrs/Wk Credits
12669 v.2   The Arts in Counselling 521 3.0 25.0
300722 v.3   Professional Evaluation 602 2.0 25.0
304392 v.2   SW 698 - Independent Study 1.0 25.0
307450 v.2   Communication Skills and Self-Awareness 511 3.0 25.0
309026 v.1   SW 581 - Introduction to Interpersonal Violence and Abuse 2.0 25.0
309049 v.1   SW 580 - Child Protection 2.0 25.0
309059 v.1   SW 582 - Engaging Mental Health Praxis 2.0 25.0
# Students may select (300722) Professional Evaluation 602 as an alternate to this unit


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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