Courses Handbook 2010

308632 v.3 Graduate Diploma in Community Development Practice and Social Policy

GradDipCommntyDevPrac(Curtin), GradDipCommntyDev(Curtin), GradDipSocPol(Curtin)

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


In this course students can specialise in the Community Development Practice major or Social Policy major. Both majors provide students with experience and/or interest in these fields of work with a recognised and highly valued professional qualification. The Community Development Practice major develops an appreciation of community development theories and practices informed by a 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 various communities and the importance of context. Combining reflection on work in the field with an appreciation of a range of theoretical frameworks, personal awareness and ongoing experience contribute to a critically reflective practice. The Social Policy major is designed for those from diverse backgrounds seeking to develop an advanced understanding of social policy and practice. It provides an opportunity to explore theoretical approaches to the study of social policy and the skills to analyse and participate in policy making in a wide range of settings.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A three-year degree in a related discipline, plus a minimum of two year's documented relevant work experience, or a four-year degree in a related discipline and a minimum of twelve months documented relevant work experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications of recognition of prior learning are encouraged from applicants and are assessed on an individual basis. No more than two units will be exempted and no exemptions will be granted for work experience alone.

Duration and Availability

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

Course Organisation

Students choose one major, Community Development Practice or Social Policy. The course is delivered in a variety of modes including late afternoon and early evening on-campus lectures, weekend workshops or week 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 Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
310657 v.1   Community Development Practice Major (Within the Graduate Diploma in Community Development Practice) 200.0
310658 v.1   Social Policy Major (Within the Graduate Diploma in Community Development Practice and Social Policy) 200.0
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