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Bachelor of Development Studies

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BDEST
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

Want to make positive changes and help the Third World? The ANU Bachelor of Development Studies is the right degree for you.

ANU is a leader in the field of Development Studies and has established relationships with Australian and international aid and development organisations.

You will gain an inter-disciplinary understanding of theory and practice concerning the processes of development in the Third World, with special competence concerning one or two of four areas: Central Asia and the Middle East, China, Oceania, South and Southeast Asia, together with a solid background in one of the relevant social science disciplines.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates have opportunities to work in a broad range of sectors. Some of these include aid agencies, multi-national companies, non-government organisations, government departments and international bodies, such as the United Nations.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program enables students to:

  • identify the theory and principles of development
  • analyse the practice of development through multilateral, bilateral, government and non-government agencies.
  • recall critical development issues in particular regions of the South
  • engage in one of the social science disciplines or a language other than English

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
29

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/  for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$31,008.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Development Studies requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

48 units from completion of the Development Studies major

24 units from completion of the Regional Studies in Development Specialisation

Either:

24 units for completion of one of the following minors:

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Spanish Studies

Anthropology

Arabic

Chinese Language

Classical Chinese

Environmental Studies

French Language and Culture

Geography

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Human Ecology

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Korean Language

Persian

Political Science

Russian

Sanskrit Language

Sociology

Spanish Language and Culture

Thai Language

Urdu Language

Vietnamese Language

Or:

24 units from completion of an internship

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)

Majors

Minors

Specialisations

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Development Studies Major 1000 level Course 6 units Language Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Development Studies Major 1000 level Course 6 units Language Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Development Studies Major 2000 level Course 6 units Language Minor 2000 level Course 6 units Regional Studies in Development Specialisation 2000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Development Studies Major 2000 level Course 6 units Language Minor 2000 level Course 6 units Regional Studies in Development Specialisation 2000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Development Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Development Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Regional Studies in Development Specialisation 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Development Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Development Studies Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Regional Studies in Development Specialisation 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

Three years full time (144 units) - four courses per semester (24 units)
A Development Studies major (48 units)
A Regional Studies in Development specialisation (24 units)
Either:  One of the following minors (24 units)
•    Advanced French Studies
•    Advanced German Studies
•    Advanced Italian Studies
•    Advanced Spanish Studies
•    Anthropology
•    Arabic
•    Chinese Language
•    Classical Chinese
•    Environmental Studies
•    French Language and Culture
•    Geography
•    German Language and Culture
•    Hindi Language
•    Human Ecology
•    Indonesian Language
•    Italian Language and Culture
•    Japanese Language
•    Korean Language
•    Persian
•    Political Science
•    Russian
•    Sanskrit Language
•    Sociology
•    Spanish
•    Thai Language
•    Urdu Language
•    Vietnamese Language
Or: 
•    an approved internship (24 units)
Eight Electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Double degree

This degree requires 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
A Development Studies major (48 units)
A Regional Studies in Development specialisation (24 units)
Either:  One of the following minors (24 units)
•    Advanced French Studies
•    Advanced German Studies
•    Advanced Italian Studies
•    Advanced Spanish Studies
•    Anthropology
•    Arabic
•    Chinese Language
•    Classical Chinese
•    Environmental Studies
•    French Language and Culture
•    Geography
•    German Language and Culture
•    Hindi Language
•    Human Ecology
•    Indonesian Language
•    Italian Language and Culture
•    Japanese Language
•    Korean Language
•    Persian
•    Political Science
•    Russian
•    Sanskrit Language
•    Sociology
•    Spanish
•    Thai Language
•    Urdu Language
•    Vietnamese Language
Or: 
•    an approved internship (24 units)

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Development Studies degree program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take the Development Studies major (8 courses), the Regional Studies in Development specialisation (4 courses) and either an approved internship or one minor from the designated list (4 courses). You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Development Studies degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Development Studies degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to take the Development Studies major (8 courses), the Regional Studies in Development specialisation (4 courses) and either an approved internship or one minor from the designated list (4 courses).

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
•    A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor/specialisation.
•    You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
•    You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
•    You need to enrol in courses for the Development Studies major
•    You need to enrol in courses for at least one potential Arts minor/specialisation.
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Development Studies half of the double degree.

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You need to choose two 1000-level courses from the Development Studies major.  Here is the list to choose from:
•    ANTH1003 – Global and Local in Second Semester
•    POLS1005 – Introduction to International Relations in First Semester
•    SOCY1002 - Self and Society in First Semester or SOCY1004 – Introduction to Social Psychology in Second Semester

Regional Studies in Development consists of 2000/3000-level courses only, no 1000-level courses are listed
•    Look at which courses you would like to do later in your program
•    Choose 1000-level courses which will meet the pre-requisite requirements of your chosen 2000-level courses
•    You may meet the pre-requisite requirements by completing the 1000-level courses listed in the Development Studies major

If your chosen minor has 1000-level courses listed, you should enrol in these courses
•    If you have studied a language previously you will need to take a Language Placement Test to determine the level of courses you should enrol in for 2016.

Following the Language Placement Test you will be issued a permission code from the relevant area to enable you to enrol in the correct level.
•    Some minors (eg Anthropology) don’t have 1000-level courses listed
•    For these minors, choose 1000-level courses which will meet the pre-requisite requirements of your chosen 2000/3000-level courses and these 1000 level courses will count as your elective courses.


Electives

Single Degree
While you only need to enrol in courses for the major, one minor and the specialisation, you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for the major, the minor and a course from one of the designated areas listed, you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.


Study Options

Bachelor of Development Studies - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Development Studies.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Arts Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units
Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Arts Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units

Bachelor of Development Studies - Double Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Development Studies.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B
Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
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