Graduate Diploma of Global Development
Be part of a new generation of interdisciplinary leaders with the skills and expertise to operate in an increasingly multipolar global development arena.
Learn to identify solutions and improve social and cultural well-being outcomes in areas as diverse as poverty alleviation, inequality, climate change, resource management, gender equality, economic growth and equal rights.
Gain the skills and knowledge to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories from a range of sources across relevant disciplines within the global development environment.
Part time available
Your broad grounding in global development will open doors to employment with national and international nongovernment organisations, government departments and local councils, private sector operators working in international development, multilateral organisations and global governance institutions.
After completing the Graduate Diploma, you will have a broad grounding in international development and poverty alleviation.
Evaluate the design and implementation of development projects and policy-related initiatives. Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks to identify ways of working effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts.
You will integrate and apply advanced knowledge in international development policy and practice, and communicate complex theoretical propositions, methodologies, development-related data, arguments and conclusions to a variety of audiences.
You will be eligible for entry to the Master of Global Development once you have completed the Diploma. Advanced standing will be granted for all subjects successfully completed under this course.
See the handbook for detailed course information.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
JCU offers pathways courses to help you move into a degree at JCU. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.
Graduate Diploma of Global Development
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Tropical Environments and Societies
Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree; or
Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Science and Engineering as equivalent to the above.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
For external delivery option, computer and internet access is required
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
24 credit points
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Global Development, graduates will be able to:
EV5951:03 Development in Practice
EV5952:03 Critical Issues in Global Development
AN5006:03 Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation
PL5153:03 Politics and Foreign Relations
Select 12 credit points of subjects from List 1
Disaster resilience and natural resource management
EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation
EV5209:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management
EV5107:03 International Environmental Policy and Governance
EV5606:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning
EV5614:03 Leadership in Disaster Management
TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health
TM5514:03 Environmental Health
TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
TM5552:03 Global Health and Development
TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries
Sustainable development planning and policy
EV5001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning
EV5003:03 Environmental Economics
EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment
EV5015:03 Sustainability in Practice
EV5301:03 Urban Geography and Design
ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change
BZ5755:03 Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation
LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World
WS5103:03 Community Development
EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management
IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change
IA5431:03 Justice and Indigenous Peoples
IA5010:03 Indigenous Research Ethics
IA5011:03 Field Procedures in Indigenous Research
Governance and social change
HI5005:03 Regional Environmental History
LB5231:03 Corporate Responsibility and Governance
LB5236:03 International Political Economy
PL5110:03 Shifting Geopolitical Environments in Emerging States
PL5006:03 Political Communication; Ecology and Environmentalism
Leadership and management for development
LB5205:03 People in Organisations
LB5514:03 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution
LB5530:03 Conflict Resolution Processes
The development researcher
EC5202:03 Cost Benefit Analysis
EC5216:03 Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation in Economics
EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
EV5404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography
EV5953:03 Research Methods in International Development
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Course includes mandatory Fieldwork
Yes, this course includes mandatory fieldwork
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
12 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
Exit with lesser award
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the following award:
Students who successfully complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Global Development, and will be granted credit for all subjects successfully completed under this course.
Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Masters degrees.
This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.