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Overview

If you a looking to pursue a career in not-for-profit or government aid contributing to social change and development or you already have the desire and passion to pursue a career in the professional service of others, then the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development will provide you with the foundational knowledge you need to begin that journey.

With growing demand for qualified professionals to undertake roles in community development and policy analysis, the University of Newcastle’s program will open the door to positions within funded development projects, aid organisations and government departments. It could also take you outside of Australia to developing countries which are supported through government departments.

The Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development will introduce you to key areas of social change, from the macro global issues to their impact on regional and local communities. This is achieved through a balance of theoretical and practical coursework which can be delivered online or face-to-face via a blended learning approach to accommodate your needs. Once armed with these skills, you will be able to work effectively as an administrator, field officer, researcher, development planner, educator or manager.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

If you are looking for an opportunity to improve your contribution and effectiveness in the area of social change and development, the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development will prepare you with fundamental knowledge and skills to achieve this goal. With an increasing need for qualified professionals, you will graduate with enhanced employment opportunities in key areas including overseas aid, community development, local government capacity-building, Ministry of Finance in a developing country and sustainable land care.

The Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development will prepare you to understand the implications of wider social and political changes at a global level, which affect local conditions and capacities. This knowledge is essential when working in international development. With theoretical and applicable knowledge you will be prepared to meet the challenges of development work in a rapidly changing global environment.

Able to be completed in 6 months full-time, the program is ideally suited to those who have completed undergraduate degrees in social sciences, human resources, politics, health, environmental studies, indigenous studies or agriculture. At the completion of your studies you will be eligible for the Master of Social Change and Management if you are interested in taking your qualifications to the next level.

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Study

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development will provide you with the fundamentals of social change and development. You will complete four courses, one of which is mandatory and three selected from a prescribed list.

The core course, social change and development, will provide you with the key concepts and analytical skills to understand the changes that have taken place in post-colonial societies. You will examine globalisation and economic development in relation to specific social groups as well as gender, ethnicity and social movements.

To support your career goals, you will be able to select three courses in areas including Aboriginal foundation studies, community development, business and natural environment, and impact assessment and climate change policy, just to name a few. If you are considering continuing your education to Master’s level, it may be appropriate to select courses that can be transferred to a specialisation. See the Master of Social Change and Development (insert link) page for more information.

To find out more about where the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Careers

At the completion of your Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development you will have the fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge to take on meaningful roles in government agencies, non-government organisations and private firms.

You will have the necessary knowledge and skills to understand the processes of social change and development and to improve your effectiveness as an administrator, researcher, development planner, educator or manager.

As Australia engages more and more with developing countries, 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. The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development can be the program to set your social change and development career in motion.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development, visit the ‘Details’ tab.

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