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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.

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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 an ATAR 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

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 5 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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
$40,416.00

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
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
ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia
ASIA2090 The Political Economy of Myanmar
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
MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East
PASI2003 Environment and Development in the 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
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
PASI3001 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development
PASI3005 Pacific Islands Field School
 

Either

24 units from completion of one of the following complementary minors:

Advanced Arabic
Advanced Chinese Language
Advanced French Studies
Advanced German Studies
Advanced Italian Studies
Advanced Japanese Language
Advanced Korean Language
Advanced Persian 
Advanced Spanish Studies
Anthropology
Arabic
Burmese Language
Chinese Language
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
Mongolian Language
Persian
Political Science
Russian
Sociology
Spanish
Tetum Language
Thai 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

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Development Studies consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1005 towards the International Relations Major and the Human Rights Major.

For the Bachelor of Development Studies you will need to complete:

  • A maximum of four undergraduate introductory courses from the designated list (24 units)
  • Three compulsory courses (18 units)
  • A minimum of four Development Studies courses from the designated list (24 units)
  • A minimum of one Advanced-level course from the designated list (6 units)
  • One complementary minor (24 units) or an approved internship (24 units)
  • Eight electives (48 units) from across the ANU

Please note that you are only permitted to count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your program.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Development Studies. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Double degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab. Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Development Studies Double Degree program consists of 96 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. During each semester you are likely to take two courses from your Bachelor of Development Studies degree and another two courses from the other half of your double degree – making up a total of four courses per semester.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1005 towards the International Relations Major and the Human Rights Major.

You will need to complete:

  • A maximum of four undergraduate introductory courses from the designated list (24 units)
  • Three compulsory courses (18 units)
  • A minimum of four Development Studies courses from the designated list (24 units)
  • A minimum of one Advanced-level course from the designated list (6 units)
  • One complementary minor (24 units) or an approved internship (24 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Development Studies. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Enrolment Status

While it is possible for domestic students to enrol in fewer than four 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.

First year students are not permitted to study more than four courses (24 units) per semester.

If you are beginning your program in Semester 1, you should enrol for all your courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 courses for full time), so that you can plan your study year.

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. Whilst it is important to take 1000-level courses in your first year (so that you can meet the pre-requisites for later year courses) they also can be taken later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of 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.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • A maximum of 24 units from the following undergraduate introductory courses:
    • 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
  • Courses for the complementary minor
  • Elective courses for students undertaking the single degree.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

See available minors for this program.

You are not required to take a major in the Bachelor of Development Studies, however you can use your electives to make up a major or extra minors.


Electives

For students in the single degree, your electives (48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU) can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a major or minor) or courses from another ANU College. If you have an interest in another discipline, for example management, psychology or mathematics, then you should explore first year courses in your area of interest. In particular look at the majors and minors. These will give you an idea of the first year courses you can study.

If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details.

Study Options

Study Plan

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Study Options

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