University Handbook 2018

Graduate Certificate in International Development

Course code/s: ACID – Melbourne

Course Details
Location Melbourne
Course/Discipline Coordinator Dr Sheila Scopis
Course Code ACID
Available to International Students Yes
CRICOS 080515K
Course Duration Two semesters of part-time study
Exchange Opportunity No
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

The guiding aim of our programs in international development is to encourage thoughtful and reflexive practitioners, analysts and policymakers who understand the complexity of international development and who are able to effectively analyse and respond to challenges. We believe that this understanding requires students to be well acquainted with the history of development thinking and practice as well as having up to date knowledge and skills relating to current best practice. Students have direct contact with senior and experienced practitioners from the development sector. Indeed, a distinctive aspect of our degree programs is the quality and experience of practitioners that teach into our subjects, including those who have worked with Oxfam, the Australian Red Cross, the World Health Organization, the United Nations and more.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree. Where an undergraduate degree has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Sheila Scopis (, to gain advice about how these admission requirements apply to their background.

Course requirements

The course consists of 60 credit points of fifth-year level subjects.

Students must complete:

  • 45 credit points of core subjects
  • 15 credit points of elective fifth-year subject from List A below

Note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Course structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Graduate Certificate in International Development (ACID) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 113 KB]

Semester 1 DST5DAC DST5MDF
Contemporary Approaches to Development Field Methods and Research for Development: Social Change in Practice
Making Social Change Happen Choose one elective subject from List A (15 cps)

List A

List A
PHE5AHR (SUM 3) Australia’s International Health Relations
POL5ISD (WK) Issues in International Studies and Development (City Campus)
POL5PIR (S1) Europe Divided: Integration, Democratisation and the Rise of Russian Authoritarianism (1989-2014)
POL5CPE (S1) Political Economy (Online)
POL5GGA (WK1) Globalisation and Governance
SWP5IIC (S1) Inclusion in Communities
SWP5SPA (S1) Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy
POL5QQA (S1) States in Transition: Peacebuilding After Civil War and Regime Change
PHE5EBP (S2) Evidence Based Public Health: Knowledge, Skills and Practice (City Campus)
POL5HSD (WK2) Human Security and Development (City Campus)
DST5DAE (S2) Development and the Environment
PHE5IPO (S2) International Health Policy (City Campus)
POL5IJC (S2) International Security in the Asia-Pacific
JRN5ONJ (S2) Online Journalism Production
SOC5QSR (S2) Quantitative Skills for Social Research
POL5WPS (S2) Security in a Borderless World

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, SUM 3 = Summer Semester 3, WK = Weeks 12-16, WK1 = Weeks 10-14, WK2 = Weeks 34 -36

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details.



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