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Graduate Diploma in International Development and Environmental Analysis

Course code: 3754 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipIDEA ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This graduate program in international development and environmental analysis (IDEA) is an abbreviated version of the masters by coursework degree. The graduate diploma course introduces students to international and comparative perspectives and approaches to development and global sustainability, but does not include the internship or research paper component.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 48 points, comprising two six-point core units, and 36 points of elective units.

Core units

  • IDA4140 Urbanisation and regional development in the Indo-Pacific rims
  • IDA4230 Research and analysis in political ecology


Students can choose electives (36 points) in one of six areas that correspond to current issues relevant in international development:

  • sustainable development and natural resource management
  • urban and regional sustainability
  • gender, culture, society in the Asia-Pacific
  • democracy, governance and civil society
  • development and environmental economics.
  • public policy and management.

A wide range of elective units are available in sociology, women's studies, politics, Asian studies, environmental science, Indigenous studies, anthropology, and visual culture.

Exit points

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate in Arts.


Graduates from the program have the opportunity to advance to a Master in International Development and Environmental Analysis.

Course coordinator

Dr Craig Thorburn and Dr Bruce Missingham