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  • Objectives
    The Master of International and Community Development is a professional coursework degree designed to serve the needs of those seeking a graduate qualification in international development studies and/or community development. The course will provide you with both analytical skills for understanding the contexts of development programs as well as practical skills for the formulation, resourcing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of international and community development projects. The course is structured around a range of skills-based and knowledge-generation units that address technical and social issues, policy development, project management and analysis of resources. Students are also eligible to complete a 20,000 word thesis and undertake Indonesian language study. As a graduate of this course you will gain expertise to design and lead creative, effective and culturally-sensitive ways of responding to the challenge of poverty and disempowerment. The philosophical foundation is based on your commitment to work globally and locally, learn from others and remain people-centred.
  • Entry requirements
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicants previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.
  • Academic Title
    Master of International and Community Development (International Students)
  • Course description
    Off campus studies
    International students can only undertake off-campus study while living overseas. Due to visa regulations, off-campus units are not available to international students studying in Australia, unless it is in addition to their full-time on-campus study mode.
    Fees and charges
    Fee paying place - International (IFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

    Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at  http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php.
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.


    Career opportunities

    It is expected that completion of the Master of International and Community Development will place you in a favourable position to advance your professional standing. Employment in the development field is expanding rapidly, including in cognate areas, such as teaching, the travel industry, consulting enterprises, journalism, project management, and government and non-government agencies concerned with the flow of trade, services, capital and personnel.


    Course rules

    To qualify for the Master of International Community Development, a student must successfully complete 12 credit points of study according to one of the following options:


    1. Generalist Option:

        * 2 credit points of core units: ASD704 and ASD705 OR AID733 and AID734

    AND

        * 10 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units below

    2. Specialist Options:

        * Single Specialisation - students may take a specialisation of 6 credit points in either Community Development or International Development (details below) and complete the degree with 6 credit points of electives, making a total of 12 credit points.

    OR

        * Double Specialisation - students may take both specialisations in Community Development (6cp) and International Development (6cp), including the core units from each specialisation.

    In both the generalist and single specialist options, students may, as part of the electives, take 4 credit points of Indonesian Language (AIF-coded units listed below). This option is not available for students undertaking the double specialisation.


    Course structure

    Community Development specialisation

    Students wishing to undertake a Community Development specialisation must complete 6 credit points of ASD-coded units, including core units ASD704 and ASD705, and 6 credit points of electives from the following list.

    Core units


    Trimester 1

    ASD704 Community Development Theory and Practice A  


    Trimester 2

    ASD705 Community Development Theory and Practice B  


    International Development Specialisation

    Students wishing to undertake an International Development specialisation must complete 6 credit points of AID-coded units, including core units AID733 and AID734, and 6 credit point of electives listed below.

    Core units

    Trimester 1

    AID733 The Economic Development Record  

    AID734 Approaches to Political Development  

     

    Double Specialisation:

    Community Development and International Development Specialisations


    Students wishing to undertake both the Community Development and International development specialisations must complete 6 credit points of ASD-coded units, including core units ASD704 and ASD705, and 6 credit points of AID-coded units, including core units AID733 and AID734.

     

    Core units

     

    Trimester 1

    ASD704 Community Development Theory and Practice A  

     

    Trimester 1

    AID733 The Economic Development Record  

    AID734 Approaches to Political Development  

     

    Trimester 2

    ASD705 Community Development Theory and Practice B  


    Electives for both specialisations


    Trimester 1

    AID710 Microfinance for Poverty Reduction  

    AID711 Non-government Organisations and Development  

    AID717 The Logical Framework Approach to Project Management  

    AID733 The Economic Development Record  

    AID734 Approaches to Political Development  

    AID735 Conflict Resolution and Development  

    AIP773 Governance and Accountability  

    ASD704 Community Development Theory and Practice A  

    ASD711 Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning  

    ASD715 Cross Cultural Communication and Practice  

    ASS705 Anthropology of Poverty and Development  


    Trimester 2

    AID712 Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods  

    AID713 Aid, Trade and Development  

    AID714 Gender and Development  

    AID724 Humanitarian Emergencies and Disaster Relief  

    AID732 Developing Country Case Study I  (2 credit points)*

    AID740 Participatory Approaches to Development  

    AID742 Political Development in South East Asia  *

    AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  

    ASD705 Community Development Theory and Practice B  

    ASD710 Submission and Tender Writing  

    ASD712 Monitoring and Evaluation  

    ASD716 Humanitarian Settlement  

    ASS706 Medical Anthropology  


    Trimester 1 or trimester 2

    AID721 Professional Practice in Community and International Development Studies  (2 credit points)**

    AID754 International and Community Development Dissertation A  (2 credit points)

    AID755 International and Community Development Dissertation B  (2 credit points)

     

     Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

    AID752 International and Community Development Internship  

    AID753 International and Community Development Internship  (2 credit points)

     

    The following Indonesian Language units are also available to students as electives:

     

    Trimester 1

    AIF141 Conversational Indonesian A  

    AIF241 Formal and Informal Indonesian A  

    AIF341 Professional and Academic Indonesian A  

     

    Trimester 2

    AIF142 Conversational Indonesian B  

    AIF242 Formal and Informal Indonesian B  

    AIF342 Professional and Academic Indonesian B  


    * Not offered in 2009.

    ** in 2009, Trimester 2 only


    Admission requirements - general

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicants previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.


    Advanced standing - general
    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for advanced standing. You will need to provide your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your advanced standing.
    Your advanced standing is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    How to apply

        * Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now.
        * Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office.
        * Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.

    Tracking your application:
    If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

        * If you applied online, log back into the Applicant Portal using your username and password.
        * If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
        * If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact that office.


    Alternate exits
    Graduate Certificate of International and Community Development (A511)
    Graduate Diploma of International and Community Development (A611)

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