The Graduate Certificate in International Development is an 18-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in International Development offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

It articulates with the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in International Development , the 54-unit Master of Arts (International Development) and the 72-unit Master of International Development, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

The 18-unit Graduate Certificate in International Development is also offered by distance education with a limited range of optional topics.

The topics available for distance education are indicated by an asterisk (*). A computer with internet access is required for study in distance mode.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold a Bachelor degree or an equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The Graduate Certificate in International Development is designed to provide a broad introduction to the theory and practice of international development.

As a stand-alone course it provides a conceptual and practical framework for individuals wishing to take their careers in private sector, public sector or non-government organisations into the international development arena.

As the first step in the Graduate Program in International Development, the graduate certificate provides a basic entry point to more advanced studies up to Masters level.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of the socio-economic, political and environmental forces that shape developing countries
  • apply appropriate analytical tools and conceptual frameworks to contemporary development issues
  • contextualise socio-economic, political and environmental sustainability problems within the broader political and institutional context of development at the local, national and international level.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in International Development, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

Core - Year 1 topics

Students must complete at least one of the following topics:

 DVST8010  Development Problems, Policies and Programs  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9022  Theory and Evidence in Contemporary Development  (4.5 units)*
 INTR9077 Global Inequality  (4.5 units) *

Students must complete at least one of the following topics:

 DVST9031  Gender Analysis  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9032  Gender Mainstreaming  (4.5 units)*
 WMST8003  The Global Woman: Introduction to Gender and Development  (4.5 units)*

Elective - Year 1 topics

Students must make up the remaining units (for a total of 18 units) from the following topics. Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

 DVST8701  Sustainable Development GE  (4.5 units)*
 GEOG8712  Asian Regional Development GE  (4.5 units)
 INTR9055  African Politics: Global Issues  (4.5 units)
 INTR9078  Governing East Asia in the 21st Century (4.5 units)
 POAD9030  Indigenous Issues in Public Policy  (4.5 units)
 POAD9131  Development Administration  (4.5 units)*
 PPHR9701  Population Studies  (4.5 units)
 PPHR9742  Population and Environment  (4.5 units)
 WMST8008  Engendering Justice, Rights, and Representation: Gender, State and Citizenship  (4.5 units)

* Available in distance education mode

Note: Other topics may be taken with the approval of the course coordinator.