Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

This program will enable students to understand, critically analyse and apply concepts of social and especially community engagement in both, national and international contexts. Interdisciplinary course units provide students with introductory as well as in-depth knowledge on psychology, sociology, ethics, human service delivery, cultural studies, indigenous knowledge, community dynamics, project management and the system of international humanitarian assistance. Two placements in the second and third year are an essential part of this degree, allowing students to gain essential, first-hand, practical experiences in the field of community development and/or international humanitarian aid.

Course Fee:

International: $72,360

Entry Requirements:

NTCET or equivalent (Year 12) and an ATAR of 60 or higher; or Certificate IV or above; or STAT score of 135 or greater; or submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience; or 6 months of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma; or completion of 40 credit points in the Preparation for Tertiary Study Program (ZTEP01), the Preparation for Tertiary Success (ZPTS11 or ZPTS21), or other recognised tertiary preparation course.


This course consists of two common, sixteen core, three specialist and two general elective course units. They include units in social science, human service organisations, international humanitarian assistance, communication skills, group work as well as practice and skills in Indigenous community work.

Subjects you can Study:

Humanitarian and community studies

Further information:

Criminal History check: A police check, and Ochre Card to work with children and a first-aid certificate are required.


Graduates are eligible to join the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Casuarina No info Yes Part time 6 years
Casuarina No info Yes Online
Casuarina No info Yes Full time 3 years
Charles Darwin University is the major tertiary education and vocational education and training institution in the Northern Territory.

Originally established as a tertiary institution in 1974, it became the Northern Territory University in 1989 and Charles Darwin University in 2003.

The main University campus is located at Casuarina in Darwin with campuses at Alice Springs, Katherine and Palmerston. VET courses are also offered at Jabiru, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Yulara Centres as well as at various remote community centres.

The University provides multi-sector education with Senior Secondary, VET, Higher Education and Research facilities.

CDU also deliver a number of courses through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), which is a joint initiative between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE). The three main sites for delivery will be at the main ACIKE Hub CDU Casuarina campus and at the BIITE campuses at Batchelor and the Alice Springs Desert Peoples' Centre.

Provider CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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