This course provides graduate and mid-career students with the skills and knowledge to address the global development challenges of poverty alleviation, health, conservation, climate change, and agriculture.
JCU is one of a network of universities worldwide to offer this program. From northern Queensland in Australia, JCU leads this course, in collaboration with universities in Eastern Indonesia.
Students will benefit from a broad, multidisciplinary program that includes field experience opportunities in northern Australia and Indonesia where students will work in teams to tackle real-world problems.
The special challenges to sustainable development in tropical forest and coastal regions will be addressed through a focus on insular Southeast Asia, and throughout the developing tropical world. The course will provide students with the tools they need to reconcile poverty alleviation with environmental sustainability.
Course learning outcomes
The graduates of James Cook University
are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.
JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, graduates will be able to:
*Integrate and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in development practice, particularly as it relates to the tropics
*Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge from a range of sources
*Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based field work and/or studies by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to development practice
*Organise, analyse and interpret complex development related and livelihoods data using statistical, socio-economical, political and technological skills
*Communicate complex development ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media
*Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and high level judgement
*Explain and apply regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts
*Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.
Graduate Diploma of Development Practice (GDipDevPrac)
Entry requirements (Additional)
English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), OR
*TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57
If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.
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.
*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)
Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in a cognate discipline, at this or another university. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience or interest in international development practice.