Community planning and development is about shaping and working with cities, towns and rural areas to improve them physically, socially and economically.
If you do not have formal planning qualifications, the Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development is designed to provide you with training in the discipline and create a pathway into the profession. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 - Graduate Certificate.Sample course structure
Please note, the following course structure is indicative and subject to change depending on your course location, offer year or how you tailor your course with specialisations, majors, minors and electives. Structures for the following year are not normally finalised until October, so the sample provided is based on the most recently approved structure. For more information, please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development, students must complete a total of 60 credit points across 1 year.
Year 1 requires the completion of 60 credit points including:
Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.Subject name Subject code Year Credit points ACADEMIC INTEGRITY MODULE LTU0AIM 1 0
A range of standalone elective subjects is available in this course. Some electives are recommended for your course, but you may also be able to choose from a range of University-wide electives or electives from other interest areas or disciplines. Note these electives may have their own prerequisites and other requirements. Please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook for the subjects available.
Core choice subjects are one or more subject groups you need to select in your course. Core choice subjects may be specific to your course, major, minor, specialisation or other learning requirements.Subject name Subject code Year Credit points GOVERNANCE, PUBLIC POLICY & LEGISLATION PLA4UGP 1 15 NEGOTIATION, MEDIATION AND COMMUNITY CONSULTATION PLA4NMC 1 15 See La Trobe University Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.
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Graduates are likely to find employment in local, state and federal government, non-government organisations (NGOs), research organisations, and advocacy bodies; and in the private sector in roles such as community development and management, advocacy, research, public policy development, social and community planning, and as part of multidisciplinary teams in social and economic development projects in developed and developing countries.
The course is also designed to provide a pathway for employees without formal qualifications in planning who work in planning offices, and/or employees with qualifications in closely-aligned fields who wish to enhance their career paths.