Master of Social Change and Development
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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.
The Master of Social Change and Development is available in the following areas of interest.
- Aboriginal Studies
- International and Development Economics
- Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development
- Organisational Leadership and Capacity Building.
The University of Newcastle now has an established reputation, both nationally and internationally, as a provider of this high-quality postgraduate coursework program, the Master 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.
Overseas Aid Organisations, Community Development, Local Government Capacity-Building, Ministry of Finance in a Developing Country, Sustainable Land Care.
Bachelor Degree in a field relevant to development studies, such as social sciences, community organisations, human resource management, politics, health, environmental studies, indigenous studies or agriculture. Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development will be eligible for 40 units of credit towards the Master of Social Change and Development award.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/campaigns/postgrad/how-to-apply.html for information on how to gain entry.
Undergraduate degree in a relevant area.
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/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.
Students who have completed relevant studies may apply for up to 40 units of credit towards the Master of Social Change and Development.
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.
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.
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.
The program can be completed over one year of full-time study or part-time equivalent. Please be aware that not all courses are offered in any one semester. The Faculty reserves the right not of to offer courses if there is insufficient demand. Some courses are offered on a trimester basis.
The program may be undertaken on campus or through distance learning. Please check timetable information for the availability of individual courses and their location of offer. All courses are offered at Masters level.
Qualification for the Master of Social Change and Development award requires the successful completion of 80 units of coursework.
All specialisations in the Master of Social Change and Development require that students successfully complete the core course, "Social Change and Development" - SOCA6570. In addition students are required to successfully complete another 70 units of compulsory and/or directed courses. The requirements for these 70 units of courses differ for each specialisation and other unlisted courses may be undertaken with approval from the Program Convenor.
Students may graduate with one of the five following specialisations:
- A Master of Social Change and Development (the generic specialisation); Or
- A Master of Social Change and Development with a specialisation in Aboriginal Studies; Or
- A Master of Social Change and Development with a specialisation in Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development; Or
- A Master of Social Change and Development with a specialisation in Organisational Leadership and Capacity Building; Or
- A Master of Social Change and Development with a specialisation in International and Development Economics.
To understand how the courses listed under "Course Information" (below) are put together to create each specialisation, students are advised to consult the Program Enrolment Checklist (PEC)above. The PEC is a pdf file which you should print out before you start to make your choices from the lists of courses that follows. Note that the lists for Compulsory Courses (if required), Directed Courses, Key Topics and Specialist Studies are different for each specialisation - these lists are provided below under each specialisation.
2013 TRANSITION ARRANGEMENTS
A number of courses have been removed from Specialisations. Students who commenced prior to Semester 1, 2013 and have completed a course which was removed from a specialisation will be able to count it towards their specialisation.
From Semester 1, 2013 SOCA6690 is a compulsory course in the Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development Specialisation. Students who commenced prior to Semester 1, 2013 and are completing the Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development specialisation are encouraged to complete this course, but are not required to do so.
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|Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.|
|SOCA6570||Social Change and Development||Semester 1 - 2013 (Callaghan)|
Semester 1 - 2013 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2013 (GradSchool)
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