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, 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 marginalised communities. The main objective of the degree is to provide students with the knowledge, critical perspectives understanding and skills needed for competent, compassionate, ethical and professional engagement with communities in the developing world. ACU BIDS graduates have a strong commitment to the common good and respect for the dignity of the human person. During the course students will 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: $66,144

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW prerequisites: 2 units of English (any); VIC prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English


240 cp.

Subjects you can Study:

International development studies

Further information:

The Development Education Immersion Experience (30cp 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.

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Related Careers:

Community Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 61.5 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 61.5 No Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Full time 3 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Part time 6 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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