University Handbook 2018

Graduate Diploma in International Development

Course Details
Location Bundoora
Course Coordinator Sheila Scopis
Course Code AGID
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 067404D
Course duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 120
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 how development thinking and practice has evolved, giving particular emphasis on providing students with knowledge and skills that reflect 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

La Trobe University offers a range of Postgraduate Pathways. The minimum entry requirement for the Graduate Diploma of International Development is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a postgraduate level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. Applicants who have completed the requirements of the Graduate Diploma of International Development will normally be given the opportunity to upgrade their studies into a Master of International Development with all subjects in the graduate diploma then being credited (upgraded) towards a Master of International Development. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Tim Thornton (, to gain advice about how these admission requirements apply to their background and to assess any scope for advanced standing based on previous studies or experience.

Course requirements

  • Candidates for the Graduate Diploma complete 120 credit points of subjects as specified in the grid below. Students must have completed at least two1 (2) of the following three (3) subjects by the end of their studies: DST5DAC, POL5HSM and DST5MDF.
  • Local students may study in part-time mode and complete their course over a longer period. International students must maintain a full-time enrolment at all times.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Dr Tim Thornton before the start of each semester (, to tailor electives to support their interests and career aspirations.
  • 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 Diploma in International Development (AGID) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 114 KB]

Contemporary Approaches to Development Research Methods Elective from List A Elective from List C
Making Social Change Happen Advanced Research Skills Elective from List A or B Elective from List c

Key1 = Students who only intend on completing the Graduate Diploma in International Development are strongly encouraged to complete DST5DAC , POL5HSM and DST5MDF . Those continuing on to Masters level can complete one of these subjects (ideally DST5MDF ) at a Master’s level


List A

List A (Disciplinary Electives) for Graduate Diploma and Masters
POL5CPE (S1) Political Economy (Online)
DST5MDF (S1) Field Methods and Research for Development: Social Change in Practice
HUS5RS1 (S1 or S2) Humanities Reading Subject
DST5DAE (S2) Development and the Environment
POL5HSD (WK1) Human Security and Development
POL5ISD (WK2) Issues in International Studies and Development
HUM5RE1 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
HUM5RE2 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
HUM5RE3 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
HUM5RE4 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
HUM5SIP (S1 or S2) Study Abroad, Internships and Placements
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester, WK1 = Weeks 34-36, WK2 = Weeks 12-16

List B

HUSS shared electives
BUS5SMM (S1, S2 or SUM 1) Sustainable Management and Marketing
BUS5IAF (S1, S2 or SUM 1) Accounting and Finance for sustainable value creation
DST5DAC (S1) Contemporary Approaches to Development
HUM5SIP (ALL YR) Study Abroad, Internships and Placements (off-campus)
HUM5RE1 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
HUM5RE2 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
HUM5RE3 (S1 or S2) Masters Research Thesis
IBU5GW (S1 or S2) Governance in a Globalising World
IBU5IBE (S1 or S2) International Business
BUS5POE (S1 or S2) Principles of Economics
JRN5SMP (S2) Social Media Practice and Journalism
JRN5ONJ (S2) Online Journalism Production
JRN5PED (S1 or S2) Digital Editing and Publishing
MGT5MIO (S1) Managing Innovation in Organisations (City campus)
MGT5EBP (S1, S2 or WK1) Entrepreneurial Business Planning (City campus)
MGT5PMT (S1 or WK2) Project Management (City campus)
PLA4NMC (S1) Negotiation, Mediation and Community Consultation
PLA5PP (S2) Project Management and Implementation for Planning and Community Development
PLA5CD (S1) Community Development
PLA4RMP (S1) Research Methods for Planners (Bendigo)
POL5RIC (S1) Contemporary International Relations
POL5IJC (S2) International Security in the Asia-Pacific
POL5WPS (S2) Security in a Borderless World
POL5HSM (S2) Making Social Change Happen
SOC5QSR (S2) Quantitative Skills for Social Research
STC5ATS (S1 or S2) Strategic Communication Strategy (City campus)
STC5CPS (S1) Strategic Political Communication (City campus)
STC5COS (S2) Strategic Communication in Society (City campus)
STC5IRW (S1) Strategic Communication Writing (City campus)
STC5MSI (S2) Issues Managment in Strategic Communication (City campus)
SWP5IIC (S1) Inclusion in Communities
SWP5SPA (S1) Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy
ARC5GIM (S2) Methods in GIS (online)
POL5CPE (S1) Political Economy (ONLINE)
PLA5SPI (WK3 or WK4) International Project (Bendigo off campus)
POL5HSD (WK5) Human Security and Development (City campus)
POL5ISD (WK6) Issues in International Studies and Development (City campus)
POL5QQA (S1) States in Transition: Peacebuilding after Civil War and Regime Change
JRN5NJD (S1) Digital Journalism
JRN5JWT (S1) The Working Journalist
JRN5LEJ (S2) Law and Ethics in Journalism
LAW5RLC (SUM 1) Refugee Law in Context
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, SUM 1 = Summer Semester 1, WK1 = Weeks 42 - 52, WK2 = Weeks 32 - 38, WK3 = Weeks 45 - 14, WK4 = Weeks 23 - 31, WK5 = Weeks 34-36, WK6 = Weeks 12-16, ALL YR = all year

List C

Undergraduate and Honours Electives for Graduate Diploma
DST1DEV (S2) Globalisation and Development
ANT1TLC (S2) Transforming Local Communities
POL1PPE (S1) Politics Philosophy and Economics
 ANT1CAG (S1) Culture and Globalisations: Introduction to Anthropology
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2



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