Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development (Pre 2015)

Courses & Details

Program Code 11232
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 032750G
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
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This program is for continuing students only and from 2015 has been replaced by the Graudate Certificate in Social Change and Development (Program code 12376).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.

Why study with us?

The University of Newcastle now has an established reputation, both nationally and internationally, as a provider of this high-quality postgraduate coursework program, the Graduate Certificate of Social Change and Development. The program has been in operation for eight years, with a continuously increasing number of participating students from Australia and the world. Students who have successfully completed this program report very high levels of satisfaction in terms of the quality of the course, and the enhanced employment opportunities it offers upon graduation. International students find Newcastle a very safe and friendly environment for their University studies.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

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, go to¬† 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.

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 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.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided 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. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

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.

Requirements and Structure

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

For further information, please contact a Program Officer.

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.

Course Information

Core Courses

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

Code Name Availability Units
SOCA6570 Social Change and Development Not currently offered 10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6002 Decolonisation: An Australian Context Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6003 Contemporary Aboriginal Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6004 Community Development Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6005 Aboriginal Education 1st World Policy / Third World Outcomes Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ECON6430 Issues in Developing Economies Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
ECON6440 Economic Planning and Project Evaluation Not currently offered 10 units
ECON6450 Applied Policy Analysis Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6260 Education and International Development: Global Perspectives Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6261 Comparative Education: Debates and Dilemmas Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ENVS6500 Business and the Natural Environment Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6525 Sustainability and Ecosystem Health Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6530 Environmental Management Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6545 Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
GECO6400 Macroeconomics Policy in Asia Pacific Not currently offered 10 units
GECO6420 International Trade and Investment Not currently offered 10 units
GSBS6007 Managing Human Resources in International Organisations Trimester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
10 units
GSBS6009 Cross-Cultural Management Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
10 units
GSBS6055 International Human Resource Management Not currently offered 10 units
GSBS6070 Principles of Leadership Not currently offered 10 units
GSBS6100 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct) 10 units
SOCA6120 Beyond Globalisation: Social Changes and Global Challenges Not currently offered 10 units
SOCA6190 Gender and Social Change Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6240 Project Design and Evaluation Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6640 Social Science Research Methods Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6690 Rural Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture for Community Development Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SWRK6008 Capacity Building in Human Service Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SWRK6200 Transformative Leadership in Human Services Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
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