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MDiv Social and Cultural Dynamics of Development

Catalog id : 5346
 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1.5 Years
 Start month
March

 Tuition fee

International
27296 AUD
National
20680 AUD

Application fee

International 100 AUD
National 100 AUD
Department
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)87
TOEFL-PBT (min)570

About this course

The Master of Development Practice addresses key topics in the world: the political economy of development, gender, health, environment, climate change impact, food security, and methods for gauging social impacts of change on communities and regions. The courses bring together aspects of community level development, urban, regional and social planning, and political analysis from local to global levels. The program teaches you to deal with the challenges faced by development practitioners across multiple levels and scales in both developed and developing countries.

This field of study provides students with the skills and knowledge required for a career in social planning and development. The courses in this concentration area are guided by the logic and coherence of a project cycle within which students learn how to plan, design and appraise projects; conduct needs assessments; develop project proposals; assess social impacts; and engage in public consultations. They also utilise participatory rapid appraisal (PRA) techniques; design and conduct social surveys; compile community profiles; and monitor and evaluate social programs and development projects. In this way, students who graduate from this specialised area are expected to become competent social scientists and practitioners in development with both a good knowledge of the framework of social development planning, and a 'tool kit' of methodologies to apply in a variety of work settings.

Employment opportunities:

Students who have studied previously in these areas have gone on to work for organisations like the United Nations Development Program, the World Food Program and various non-government organisations, as well as for government departments in central, state or local governments and research institutes. Many are also employed by 

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Eligibility Criteria

Academic Requirement:

 For Australian students:

  • Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or 
  • GCDevPract or GCCommDev or GDipDevPract with a GPA of 5; or 
  • Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 with 2 years relevant professional experience. This experience may be in a paid or substantial volunteer capacity and will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio that demonstrates the applicant has made a contribution to the organisation or relevant community of interest.

 For International students:

  • Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or 
  • GCDevPract or GCCommDev or GDipDevPract with a GPA of 5; or 
  • Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 with 2 years relevant professional experience. This experience may be in a paid or substantial volunteer capacity and will be evidenced through the submission of a portfolio that demonstrates the applicant has made a contribution to the organisation or relevant community of interest.
  • IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6.Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).
  • TOEFL (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570 (5.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening)

English language requirement:

  • IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. 
  • Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).
  • TOEFL (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570 (5.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening).

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Course Modules

      Course Code Course Title       

      Part A:

  • PLAN7120 Planning Theory
  • POLS7258 Foundations in International Relations
  • SOCY7120 Introduction to Development: Theories and Practice
  • SOSC7288 Community Development: Local and International Practices

      Part B:

  • PLAN7612 Development Planning in Developing Countries: Theory & Practice
  • POLS7302 Politics of Development
  • SOSC7140 Development Effectiveness: Interdisciplinary and Critical Perspectives
  • SOSC7093 Community Development Method & Analysis

      Part C:

      Social & Cultural Dynamics Development:

  • ANTH7160 Gender and Development Practice
  • ANTH7250 Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Health and Development
  • ANTH7260 Applied Anthropology and Indigenous Territories
  • SOCY7130 Social Impact Assessment: applied social research and development

      Community Development:

  • SOSC7113 Learning and Mobilising for Community Development
  • SOSC7123 Community Planning, Engagement and Governance
  • SOSC7133 Community Cultural Development
  • SOSC7433 Community Economic Development: Local and International

      Politics of Global Development:

  • POLS7107 Globalisation, International Political Economy and Development
  • POLS7190 Indigenous Politics within and beyond the state
  • POLS7306 International Crisis Management
  • POLS7502 Conflict Resolution
  • POLS7505 Peacebuilding
  • POLS7509 Gender and the Global Politics of Development
  • POLS7510 Culture, Conflict and Reconciliation

      Development Planning:

  • ENVM7202 Resource Management & Environmental Planning
  • GEOG7000 Applied Demography
  • PLAN7116 Transport Planning
  • PLAN7121 Community Planning & Participation
  • PLAN7124 Strategic Metropolitan Planning
  • PLAN7200 International Field Course: Understanding Development Complexities
  • PLAN7614 Urban Management & Governance in Developing Countries

      Part D:

      Research Methods:

  • PLAN7113 Urban Research & Evaluation Techniques
  • POLS7701 Research Methods
  • SOCY7190 Evaluating Social Programs
  • SOCY7329 Advanced Issues in Qualitative Inquiry
  • SOCY7339 Introducing Quantitative Research

      Thesis:

  • SOSC7100 Development Practice Thesis
  • SOSC7101 Development Practice Thesis Part B

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How to Apply

Applications must be lodged via the Online Application Form.

Additional application requirements:

For International students:

  • Same discipline is defined as a degree in anthropology, sociology, social science, development studies, community development, political science, human geography, planning, various streams of environmental studies and/or management, urban studies and international studies. 
  • To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

For national students:

  • Same discipline is defined as a degree in anthropology, sociology, social science, development studies, community development, political science, human geography, planning, various streams of environmental studies and/or management, urban studies and international studies. 
  • To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses. 
  • Relevant professional experience may include work experience in the planning, management and implementation of international or community development initiatives, including work for international aid agencies, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, social movements, and the international business community. The work may include research, outreach capacities and service delivery and the portfolio should demonstrate basic computer literacy, research and writing skills, and ability to work collaboratively.

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