Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleGradDipRECD
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


This course embodies an explicit commitment to people and place, to social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment. It will equip students with the skills to understand governance issues and undertake participatory planning in local, state, national and international public and private sector organisations. Its educational approaches and outcomes will contribute to increased participation in the formation of socially and ecologically sustainable communities and places through an understanding of the strategic importance to public and private sector organisations of community and place.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of contemporary education and social issues and practice in regional education and community development in a global context
  • understand the principles and models of participatory planning in organisational and community contexts
  • understand the principles of resourcing community renewal through strategic partnerships
  • understand how to access a wide range of networks and opportunities through the study of community case examples.

Credit for prior studies

Credit of up to 24 points may be granted for equivalent study with the approval of the course adviser.


This course consists of four 12-point units.


First year

  • APG4807 Participatory planning: Local, national and international perspectives
  • EDF6806 Sustainable community development

Second year

  • two approved elective units

Progression to further studies

This course provides a pathway to course 3741 Master of Regional Education and Community Development.


Graduate Diploma of Regional Education and Community Development