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Diploma of Community Welfare and Development DCWD

Program focus


This diploma program involves the study of eight courses at
the undergraduate level to provide enhanced understanding of basic
issues and principles in the community development environment. Students
will also develop knowledge of indigenous issues, human rights, interpersonal
communication and sustainability.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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Program aims

This program involves the study of eight units of course work
at the undergraduate level to provide enhanced understanding of basic
issues and principles in the community welfare environment and, through
elective studies, the acquisition of associated skills and conceptual
frameworks. In vocational terms it would provide a foundation program
for people wishing to work in community organisations or community
development with marginalised groups in Australian society. Completion
of this program does not provide students with a professional qualification
in either social work or psychology.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of the program students should be able
to demonstrate:

  • the ability to communicate effectively in welfare and development
    relationships and respond to the needs of diverse groups

  • understanding of fundamental challenges faced by marginalised
    social groups

  • knowledge and understanding of the principles and issues of
    community welfare and development

  • awareness of the legal, ethical and social responsibilities
    that are integral to work in community organisations

  • knowledge of the key principles and indicators of sustainability
    and an awareness of the economic, social and environmental contexts
    of current sustainability issues

  • ability to initiate critical analyses of their social, economic,
    cultural, and political context, as these pertain to the community
    sector in order to make informed decisions

  • qualities of collaboration, resourcefulness, sensitivity to
    diverse needs and a commitment to equity and social justice

  • professional skills in planning, implementing and evaluating
    a range of community development strategies appropriate to the community
    welfare and development context

  • ability to utilise resources available to community organisations
    effectively

  • a critical, reflective and ethical professional approach

  • basic communication skills applicable to community workplaces.


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Program structure

The program will comprise eight units of study as follows:

Required Courses (six units) CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship
CDS1000 Introduction to Community Welfare and Development
CDS1001 Human Relations and Communications
CDS2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights in the Human Services
(students cannot study both CDS2000 and HMT2000 within the one degree)
CDS2001 Sustainability Concepts and Issues
EDC2200 Indigenous Perspectives
Elective course (one unit) One course selected from the Bachelor of Human Services
core or any major
Elective course (one unit) One course selected from available university offerings

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Elective courses

The Diploma requires one elective to be chosen from the Bachelor of Human Services program, either a core course (e.g. PSY1010)
or from one of the majors.

The Diploma requires one other elective chosen from the University's
offerings.

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