Planning for Social Development
This field of study provides students with the skills and knowledge required for a career in social planning and development. The courses in this area are guided by the logic and coherence of a project cycle within which students learn how to plan, design and appraise projects, conduct needs assessments, develop project proposals, assess social impacts and engage in public consultation.
Students also utilise participatory rapid approval (PRA) techniques, design and conduct social surveys, compile community profiles and mount and evaluate social and development projects. In this way students who graduate from this field are expected to commence employment as social scientists and practitioners in development, with both a good knowledge of the framework of social development planning and a ‘tool kit’ of methodologies to apply in a variety of work settings.
View the Master of Development Practice course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Planning for Social Development field of study.