Courses & Details

Program Code 12353
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations
  • Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
  • On Campus + Online
CRICOS Code 084173F
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to face and On-line

Description

The Master of Social Change and Development (Program Code 12353) is a Level 9 AQF compliant postgraduate coursework program and is available for students who commence their studies from 2015.

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, local officers, educators, or managers. As people and governments from the rich world take on the responsibility to engage with the developing world, 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. For those working now in developing countries, this program enhances your capacity to improve outcomes and make change effectively.

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.

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 ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Social Change and Development is open to applicants who have satisfactorily completed a AQF level 7 qualification. In exceptional cases applicants can gain entry by producing evidence of other approved qualifications and relevant experience.

Advanced standing may be granted to applicants who have studied in an aligned (as social work, welfare, human resource management, politics, health, environmental studies, indigenous studies, economics, agriculture and education) or cognate (sociology, geography, anthropology and development studies) area or to those who can demonstrate that they have two years of relevant work experience in a developing country or indigenous community in either a NGO or government.

Candidates who do not meet the normal entry requirements (including candidates who hold a three year Diploma) may qualify for entry be completing a Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development as preliminary studies, and then seek up to 40 units of credit in the Master of Social Change and Development. Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/campaings/postgrad/how-to-apply.html for information on how to gain entry.

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students/non-school-leavers/applying-and-credit

International Students

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students

Special Needs

Students with disabilities 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 reasonably 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Additional Information

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

Students are required to successfully complete 160 units of approved study to obtain the degree.

The structure of the Master of Social Change and Development allows students to apply for credit to enter into the program by first completing the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development (40 units) or apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning will be considered for studies in
*  a cognate area such as sociology, geography, anthropology and development studies;
*  an aligned area such as social work, welfare, human resource management, politics, health, environmental studies, indigenous studies, economics, agriculture and education;
*  relevant work experience such as working in a developing country or indigenous community in either a NGO or government department.
Note: There is no recognition of work experience if the qualification is in an aligned area.

Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced the non-AQF compliant Master of Social Change and Development prior to 2015 may complete the program they commenced in.

Students who commenced in the non-AQF compliant Master of Social Change and Development prior to 2015 and who wish to complete the revised AQF compliant program may apply to be transitioned to the AQF compliant program. They will be advised on application regarding credit and advanced standing available to them, dependent on number of units completed, prior study, other degree studies and/or RPL.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
SOCA6240 Project Design and Evaluation Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6571 Development and Social Change Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
20 units
SOCA6640 Social Science Research Methods Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6670 Social Change and Development Research Project Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
20 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 100 units from Directed Courses or 60 units where advanced standing has been granted.
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ABOR6004 Community Development Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6260 Education and International Development: Global perspectives Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
ENVS6500 Business & Natural Environment Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6007 Managing Human Resources in International Organisations Trimester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst)
10 units
GSBS6430 Issues in Developing Economies
Not to count with ECON6430.
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6100 International Health and Global Justice Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
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
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context 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 the Human Services Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
SWRK6200 Transformative Leadership in Human Services Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
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