single degree

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
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Human Geography
  • Academic contact
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Human Geography
  • Academic contact

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 (6 units)

ANTH1003 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality (6 units)

ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, Diversity and Change (6 units)

ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion (6 units)

ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)

ENVS1008 Sustainable Development (6 units)

POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts (6 units)

POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues (6 units)

SOCY1002 Self and Society (6 units)

SOCY1004 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology (6 units)


18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ANTH2009 Culture and Development (6 units)

POLS2011 Development and Change (6 units)

SOCY2030 Social Inequalities and Development (6 units)


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

ANTH2017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today (6 units)

ANTH2026 Medicine, Healing and the Body (6 units)

ANTH2129 Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood (6 units)

ANTH2134 States and Citizens: Anthropological Perspectives (6 units)

ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia (6 units)

ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development (6 units)

ECON2900 Development Poverty and Famine (6 units)

ENVS2005 Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School (6 units)

ENVS2023 Sustainable Agricultural Systems (6 units)

ENVS2025 Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (6 units)

MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East (6 units)

POLS2055 Pacific Politics (6 units)

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy (6 units)

POLS2095 Politics in Latin America (6 units)

POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Centuries (6 units)

POLS2113 Human Rights (6 units)

SOCY2022 Environmental Sociology (6 units)

SOCY2162 Sociology of Health and Illness (6 units)


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

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program A (6 units)

ANIP3005 Australian National Internships Program B (12 units)

ANTH3017 Indigenous Worlds: Challenges of Emergence, Recognition, and Change (6 units)

ENVS3007 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders (6 units)

ENVS3033 International Environmental Policy (6 units)

INDG3001 First Nations Peoples, the State and Public Policy in Australia (6 units)

PASI3001 Politics and Development in the Contemporary Pacific (6 units)

PASI3005 Pacific Islands Field School (6 units)

POLS3070 Politics in Central Asia (6 units)


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

Asian and Pacific Anthropology

Burmese Language

Chinese Language

Environmental Studies

French Language and Culture

Geography

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Human Ecology

Humanitarian Engineering

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Korean Language

Mongolian Language

Persian

Political Science

Russian

Sociology

Spanish

Sustainable Development

Tetum Language

Thai Language

Tok Pisin Language

Vietnamese Language



 

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.

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 Social Inequalities and 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

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:

  • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
  • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.

Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:

  • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:

  • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.

Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:


International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency 

As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission

ATAR:
80
International Baccalaureate:
29

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please 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
$47,940.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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.

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

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

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

  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; and

  4. engage in one of the social science disciplines or a language other than English.

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Course selection

Enrolling for the first time can seem like a big task. Below, you will find an example enrolment pattern for your first year of study. 

 There are a few items to note:

  •  Courses coded in the 1000 range are appropriate for first-year students. We strongly recommend that students new to tertiary study enrol in first-year courses during their first semester. 
  • We recommend you start a CASS Program Plan. This is a way to track how the courses you take fit within the overall structure of your degree and will help you pick your later year courses.
  • The tables below represent only one possible combination. You are welcome to pick and choose from any other 1000-coded course found under the “Study Tab”. 
  • The tables below assume you are new to tertiary study and ineligible for course credit. 
  • A step-by-step guide on how to enrol in courses is available on the Enrol for the First time webpage.

Single degree

Students starting in Semester 1– single degree Bachelor of Development Studies, example

Semester 1

ANTH1002

Language minor or POLS1006

Elective

Elective

Semester 2

ANTH1003

Language minor or POLS1005

Elective

Elective

Students starting in Semester 2–single degree Bachelor of Development Studies, example

Semester 2

ANTH1003

POLS1005

Elective

Elective

Semester 1

ANTH1002

Language minor or POLS1006

Elective

Elective

Other first year courses available: to find all other 1000-level courses, refer to the Catalogue of Programs and Courses. You may refine your selection on the right-hand column of the webpage.


Double degree

Students starting in Semester 1– double degree Bachelor of Development Studies, example

Semester 1

ANTH1002

Language minor or POLS1006

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 2

ANTH1003

Language minor or POLS1005

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Students starting in Semester 2– double degree Bachelor of Development Studies, example

Semester 2

ANTH1003

POLS1005

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 1

ANTH1002

Language minor or POLS1006

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

 


Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the “Study” tab

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ANTH1002 Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology 6 units Language minor or POLS1006 Elective Elective
ANTH1003 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality 6 units Language minor or POLS1005 Elective Elective

Study Plan

Please refer to the “Study” tab

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ANTH1002 Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology 6 units Language minor or POLS1006 Course from other degree Course from other degree
ANTH1003 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality 6 units Language minor or POLS1005 Course from other degree Course from other degree

Academic Advice

Course credit

If you have undertaken previous study that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit. For more information and how to apply, see the CASS credit application webpage, or contact the CASS Student Office.

Other important information for new students

Please refer to the New students page. You will find all the information you require to activate your ANU email account, enrol into courses and our O week details.  

 

Need help?

If you would like further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the Student Office. We offer appointments, and you can reach us at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

You can also check out our in person opening hours and location on the CASS Student Office webpage.

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