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Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    20 units

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

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About this course

The Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) program is a great choice for those who are interested in improving the conditions of a range of community groups. This degree will provide you with a strong education of community issues and institutions.


Anyone can apply.

Areas of study

Studying this community development course, you may study some of the following subjects:

  • Engaging in the humanities
  • Developing research and analytical skills
  • Text and culture
  • Critical thinking
  • Food for thought
  • Knowing nature
  • Australia in Asia
  • Wellbeing
  • Introduction to community development
  • Ideas in action
  • Sociology and everyday life
  • Creative ways to work with community
  • Community work across sites, settings and peoples
  • Community and social policy
  • Social research methods
  • Australian youth culture
  • Projects in community development
  • Overseas aid and international development
  • Society, culture and ecology in Asia
  • Sustainability, ecology and communities
  • Sustainability ethics
  • Global & regional sustainability
  • Cities and sustainability
  • Sex and gender matters
  • International security studies
  • People and globalisation
  • Cities and innovation (2014)
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Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) from Murdoch University.

This Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) degree aims to develop your skills and abilities in communication, critical thinking, ethics and social justice, as well as developing more specific knowledge related to community development. Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) program will be suitable candidates for a wide range of careers in community services and welfare groups, government departments, and not-for-profit organisations.

Curious about where a career in arts could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Community Developer
  • Community Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Community Centre Manager

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or scholarships.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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