Overview

Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development

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, whether in developing countries or in Australia.

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.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.

Career Pathways

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.

Specialisations

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, development and social change, 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.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Prior studies should have been undertaken in a field relevant to development studies, such as social sciences, community organisations, human resource management, politics, health, environmental studies, indigenous studies or agriculture.

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.


Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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