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Bachelor of Development Studies

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

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  • 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

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Development Studies, graduates will be able to:

  1. identify the theory and principles of development
  2. analyse the practice of development through multilateral, bilateral, government and non-government agencies.
  3. recall critical development issues in particular regions of the South
  4. 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.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

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:
28

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
$36,720.00

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:

A maximum of 24 units from completion of undergraduate introductory courses from the following list:

ANTH1002 Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology

ANTH1003 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality

ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change

ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion

ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts

POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues

SOCY1002 Self and Society

SOCY1004 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology

 

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ANTH2009 Culture and Development

POLS2011 Development and Change

SOCY2030 Sociology of Third World Development

 

A minimum of 24 units from completion of Development Studies courses from the following list:

ANTH2017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today

ANTH2026 Medicine, Healing and the Body

ANTH2056 Belonging, Identity and Nationalism

ANTH2066 Anthropology of Money: Introduction to Economic Anthropology

ANTH2129 Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood

ANTH2134 States and Citizens: Anthropological Perspectives

ANTH2135 Vietnam Field School

ANTH3014 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia

ANTH3017 Indigenous Worlds: Challenges of Emergence, Recognition, and Change

ASIA2063 Development Dilemmas in Chinese Politics

ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia

ASIA2069 Indonesia's Regions: Politics, Society, Economy

ASIA2090 The Political Economy of Myanmar

ASIA2267 India: The Emerging Giant

ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development

BIAN2120 Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics

ECHI2006 The World Economy Since 1800 (P)

ECON2900 Development Poverty and Famine

ENVS2005 Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School

ENVS2017 Vietnam Field School

ENVS2023 Sustainable Agricultural Systems

ENVS2025 Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management

ENVS3007 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders

ENVS3033 International Environmental Policy

INDG3001 Public policy development and implementation and Indigenous Australians

INDG3002 Indigenous Peoples and Development

MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East

PASI2003 Environment, Conflict and Development in the Western Pacific

PASI3001 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development

PASI3005 Pacific Islands Field School

POLS2055 Pacific Politics

POLS2064 Global Social Movements

POLS2070 Politics in Central Asia

POLS2075 Globalism and the Politics of Identity

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy

POLS2095 Politics in Latin America

POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

POLS2113 Human Rights

SOCY2022 Environmental Sociology

SOCY2055 Social Inequality in Comparative Perspective

SOCY2162 Sociology of Health and Illness

 

A minimum of 6 units from completion of advanced-level courses from the following list:

ANTH3014 Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia

ANTH3017 Indigenous Worlds: Challenges of Emergence, Recognition, and Change

ENVS3007 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders

ENVS3033 International Environmental Policy

INDG3001 Public policy development and implementation and Indigenous Australians

INDG3002 Indigenous Peoples and Development

PASI3001 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development

PASI3005 Pacific Islands Field School

 

Either

24 units from completion of one of the following complimentary 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

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Honours

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

Minors

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 Undergraduate Introductory Course 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Undergraduate Introductory Course 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units ANTH2009 Culture and Development 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units Development Studies Course 6 units Development Studies Course 6 units
SOCY2030 Sociology of Third World Development 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units Development Studies Course 6 units Development Studies Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units POLS2011 Development and Change 6 units Development Studies Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Advanced-level Course 6 units Development Studies Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU 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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