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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Community Development
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Community Development

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Community Development

  • ID:MU610032
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
  • Intake:
  • Type:Full-time

Fees (AUD)

  • Application Fee:$250.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$40,382.33
  • LivingFee/Year:$21,041.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$530.00
  • Application Fee:$250.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$40,382.33
  • LivingFee/Year:$21,041.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$530.00
Estimated Total/program:
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) 140 Written English

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)    6.0 Overall

    •   6.0 Reading

    •  6.0 Writing

    •   6.0 Speaking

    •   6.0 Listening

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)  169 Overall

    • 169 Reading

    • 169 Writing

    • 169 Speaking

    • 169 Listening

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)  50 Overall

    • 50 Reading

    •  50 Writing

    • 50 Speaking

    • 50 Listening

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT)   73 Overall

    • 18 Reading

    • 18 Writing

    •  18 Speaking

    •  18 Listening

  • Occupational English Test (OET) C (250-290) Reading

    • C (250-290) Writing

    •  C (250-290) Speaking

    •  C (250-290) Listening

Course Information

In this course, you’ll learn how to make a difference in local communities by working closely with schools, local councils, ecologists, Indigenous groups, social services organisations, resource companies, universities and other groups.

You’ll explore how to encourage people to get more involved in locally designed projects, experience different examples of community development projects and learn about the history of community work, policy and the diversity of communities. Your core units will include ‘Introduction to Community Development’, ‘Creative Ways to Work with Community’, ‘Social Policy and Community Action’, and ‘Indigenous Community Development’.

When you graduate, you will be well equipped for a career in local government, community services, remote area education, Indigenous communities, community arts and cultural development, overseas aid work, sustainable development, social work-related areas, or economic, social and urban planning.

At the end of your degree, you will graduate with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work in a range of scenarios.

3 reasons to study Community Development at Murdoch

  • Throughout your degree, you will have the opportunity to intern with community groups, private organisations, non-government agencies (NGOs), or government departments through our Work Integrated Learning program.

  • Study two majors in 3 years and graduate with 2 specialisations (for example, combining Community Development with International Aid and Development) to expand your expertise and career prospects.

  • Murdoch has received a 5-star rating for median graduate salary in the fields of Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences.                       *Source: The Good Universities Guide 2020

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • Creative ways to work with community

  • Overseas aid and international development

  • Indigenous community development

  • Social policy and community action

  • Sustainable urban communities

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Total credit points: 24

  • Unit code, Unit name, Credit points

  • Required Units, 24 credit points

  • COD125, Introduction to Community Development, 3

  • SUS100, Introduction to Sustainable Development, 3

  • COD201, Stories of doing Community Work, 3

  • COD214, Social Policy and Community Action, 3

  • SUS207, Overseas Aid and International Development, 3

  • COD301, Indigenous Community Development, 3

  • COD302, Creative Ways to Work with Community, 3

  • SUS310, Sustainable Urban Communities, 3

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

With a degree in Community Development, you could work in local communities in a range of roles in Australia or overseas. Careers could include:

  • Community Project Manager

  • Youth Engagement Officer

  • Regional Development Coordinator

  • International Aid/Development Worker

  • Community Development Officer

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover: 530 AUD per year

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