Bachelor of International Development Studies

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This degree combines units that offer local and historical knowledge of specific geographic areas of the developing world, exploring transnational dimensions of development. This combination 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 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, with skills and knowledge to determine appropriate strength-based capacity building approaches, and to identify economic inclusion strategies that promote economic opportunities for marginalised communities. The course is within the discipline of 'development studies', which is an interdisciplinary branch of social science. Development studies draws from a range of disciplines: anthropology, sociology, political science, human geography, environmental science, history and economics. The objective of the degree is to provide students with knowledge, critical perspective understanding and skills needed for competent, compassionate, ethical and professional engagement with communities in the developing world. Graduates have a strong commitment to the common good and respect for the dignity of the human person. Students gain hands-on experience in an international humanitarian or development program through the compulsory Immersion Experience unit. In addition to development theory and practice, students will study: global health; human rights law and practice; global change and development; strategic management, people management; peace and development; environmental sustainability; research methodologies for development projects.

Course Fee:

International: $68,160

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English..


240 credit points. The Development Education Immersion Experience (30 cp unit) is an essential part of the Bachelor of International Development Studies degree which gives students a community-based learning experience for a minimum of 3 weeks where they have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of everyday life in a developing country in their 3rd year of study. Participating in the Development Education Immersion Experience (DVST304) is a compulsory component of the third year of the degree. Please note that there are additional costs and administrative fees associated with the Development Education Immersion Experience.

Subjects you can Study:

International development studies

Further information:

Career paths for this course: Working with an NGO (non-governmental organisation), locally or abroad; Government service, both overseas and at home; The United Nations system and other international organisations 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.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Community Worker, Editor,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 60.25 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 60.25 No Part time 6 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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