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.
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.
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.