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Bachelor of International Development Studies

Australian Catholic University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Melbourne (Australia)
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Program description

Bachelor of International Development Studies

This degree combines units that offer local and historical knowledge of specific geographic areas of the developing world, with units that explore transnational dimensions of development. This  combination of subject matter enables students to gain knowledge of the planning, implementation and consequences of political and economic change, particularly the uneven effects of development policies on communities. Students will also gain knowledge of the macro and micro sociological forces, including social movements that have impacted historically on political, economic, cultural and ecological conditions,  resulting in extreme poverty, poor health, fragile governance, inequality and environmental vulnerability. The degree grounds students in qualitative and quantitative research methods, providing them with the skills and knowledge to be able to determine appropriate strength-based capacity building approaches, and to identify economic inclusion strategies that promote economic opportunities for marginalized communities.

The Bachelor of International Development Studies degree is located within the discipline area of ‘development studies’, which is an interdisciplinary branch of social science. The discipline area of development studies draws from a range of disciplines, particularly: anthropology, sociology, political science, human geography, environmental  science, history and economics.

    Career paths

  • Working with an NGO (non-governmental organization), locally or abroad
  • Government service, both overseas and at home
  • The United Nations system and other international organizations such as the World Bank
  • Human rights and advocacy
  • Social entrepreneurship and companies with a global outreach
  • Fair Trade business sector and eco and responsible tourism
  • Charity and humanitarian work
  • Private aid distributors.

Admission requirements

Essential requirements for admission

The equivalent of Australian Year 12 Certificate, plus an IELTS overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

  • Recognized international high school qualification
  • English language proficiency.

English language requirements

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

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About this institute

Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university in Australia which aims to empower students to think critically and ethically, and to gain the skills to bring about change in their communities, industries, and professions. ACU is funded by the...

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Australian Catholic University

115 Victoria Parade
3065 Fitzroy


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