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Overview

If a career in not-for-profit or government aid appeals to your sense of adventure or you already have the desire and passion to pursue a career in the professional service of others, then the Master of 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 enable you to take on 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 Master of Social Change and Development covers all aspects 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 Master of Social Change and Development at a time that suits you.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Newcastle (Callaghan)
Online
On Campus + Online

Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8 - 12

Program Code

40015

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Newcastle (Callaghan)
Online
On Campus + Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8 - 12
CRICOS

088342F

Program Code

40015

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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 Master of Social Change and Development will prepare you with the required knowledge and skills to achieve this goal. With an increasing need for qualified professionals, you will graduate with the necessary credentials to work in key areas including Aboriginal studies, organisational leadership and capacity building, trade and development, and sustainable agriculture and food security for rural development - in Australia as well as developing countries.

The Master of 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 advanced theoretical and applicable knowledge you will be prepared to meet the challenges of development work in a rapidly changing global environment.

What distinguishes this program from others in this field is the opportunity it offers to create your own research work as part of a research project. Not only does this give scope to individuals already working within the field to further pursue their specific areas of interest, but it enables those new to the field to explore many paths to shape their career's future.

This program is ideally suited to those who have completed undergraduate degrees in social sciences, human resources, politics, health, environmental studies, indigenous studies or agriculture.

Career Opportunities

At the completion of your Master of Social Change and Development you will have the relevant 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 Master of Social Change and Development can be the program to make your career goals a reality.

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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. 

The Master of Social Change and Development is an 80 - 120 unit postgraduate qualification.

Applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate one of the following:

  • 80 units: Bachelor Degree in a discipline area with 2 years relevant work experience
  • 120 units: Bachelor degree in a non-discipline
  • 80 units: Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline area
  • 80 units: Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant discipline area

For the purposes of admission, Discipline Areas include sociology, geography, anthropology and development studies, agriculture, environmental studies, education, municipal community or social work/welfare, Indigenous Studies and economics.

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

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Social Change and Development? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master. Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate you can apply for the Master of Social Change and Development and seek credit for the 4 courses you have already completed. 

For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development, please visit the program page.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

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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Courses and Details

Program Code 40015
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
  • On Campus + Online
CRICOS Code 088342F
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

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.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Social Change and Development is an 80 - 120 unit postgraduate qualification.

Discipline areas include: sociology, geography, anthropology and development studies, agriculture, environmental studies, education, municipal community or social work/welfare, Indigenous Studies and economics.

Bachelor degree in a discipline area with 2 years relevant work experience (80 units)

OR

Bachelor degree in a discipline area with no relevant work experience (120 units)

OR

Bachelor degree in a non-discipline area (120 units)

OR

Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline area (80 units)

OR

Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant discipline area (80 units)

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://gradschool.edu.au/future-students/how-to-apply

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants 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 here.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Social Change and Development is an AQF level 9 Masters by Coursework program between 80 - 120 units in length. All students must complete 60 units of Core courses and 20 units of Directed courses from Group A. Students undertaking the 120 unit program must complete an additional 40 units of Directed courses chosen from Group A and or Group B.

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

  • areas such as sociology, geography, anthropology, development studies, 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 a discipline area

Course Information

Master of Social Change and Development

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

Code Name Availability Units
SOCA6240 Project Design and Evaluation Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
SOCA6571 Development and Social Change Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
20 units
SOCA6640 Social Science Research Methods Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
SOCA6670 Social Change and Development Research Project Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
20 units

Directed Courses - Group A: Complete 20 Units of Directed Courses from Group A. Students undertaking the 120 unit program must complete an additional 40 units of Directed courses chosen from Group A and or Group B..

Code Name Availability Units
ARBE6605 Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management Trimester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6260 Education and International Development: Global Perspectives Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6500 Business and the Natural Environment Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6430 Issues in Developing Economies Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6104 Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human Displacement Not currently offered 10 units
SOCA6100 International Health: Cross-Cultural and Critical Social Science Perspectives Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
SOCA6120 Beyond Globalisation: Social Changes and Global Challenges Not currently offered 10 units
SOCA6190 Gender and Social Change Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
SOCA6690 Rural Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture for Community Development Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
SWRK6008 Capacity Building in Human Service Not currently offered 10 units
SWRK6200 Transformative Leadership in Human Services Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units

Directed Courses - Group B: Students undertaking the 120 unit program must complete an additional 40 units of Directed courses chosen from Group A and or Group B..

Code Name Availability Units
ABOR6001 Aboriginal Foundation Studies Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
ABOR6004 Community Development Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6260 Education and International Development: Global Perspectives Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6261 Comparative Education: Debates and Dilemmas Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6500 Business and the Natural Environment Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
ENVS6510 Environmental Legislation and Policy Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
GSBS6007 Managing Human Resources in International Organisations Trimester 1 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
10 units
GSBS6430 Issues in Developing Economies Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
LAWS6020 Environmental Law Summer 2 - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6038 Law and Economics of Climate Change Trimester 3 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply advanced knowledge and skills in writing about competing development paradigms and their associated problems and issues
  • Apply advanced critical thinking and reasoning to demonstrate advanced understanding of recent development projects oriented towards social change
  • Solve a range of social change and development problems using an evidence-based approach by investigating, analysing and synthesising complex information and available resources
  • Interpret, justify and communicate development and social change projects, and apply critical thinking and reasoning to social change and development issues
  • An advanced capacity to demonstrate and apply specific theoretical and empirical expertise in areas of policy analysis to the economic problems facing developing economies
  • Design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise social change and development projects both autonomously and as part of a team
  • Apply critical thinking and reasoning to demonstrate advanced understanding of social change and development, and apply theories of organisational leadership to building the capacity of organisations

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, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional Support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online

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 unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

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