Bachelor of International Development Studies

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
074604D
Location:
  • Melbourne
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (58.50)

Description

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 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.

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 duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 DVST100
Introduction to International Development Studies
GEOG101
Global Human Environments
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Arts minor 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 SOCS243
Global Health
DVST101
Humanitarian Work and Development Aid
GEOG204
Environmental Sustainability: The Global Challenge
Arts minor 2
Year 2 - Semester 1 GEOG207
Precarious states: development, geopolitics, livelihoods
(Pre:GEOG101 or HIST115)
DVST205
Peace and development
(Pre:DVST101)
SOCS237
People count: researching quantitatively
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100-level units in Sociology)
Arts minor 3
Year 2 - Semester 2 SOCS207
Meaning of life: researching qualitatively
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100-level units in Sociology or DVST100)
DVST204
Project management
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100-level units in Development Studies)
DVST202
Preparation for development education immersion program
(Pre: 60 credit points of core international development studies units)
Arts minor 4
Year 3 – Summer Term UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
     
Year 3 - Semester 1 DVST304
Development education immersion program*
(Pre: DVST202, DVST101)
     
Year 3 - Semester 2 DVST303
Advocacy and policy development
(Pre: 10 credit points from 200-level units in International Development Studies)
DVST301
Development alternatives: Fair trade
(Pre: GLST201)
DVST200
Refugees and Forced Migration
(Pre: 10 cp from 100-level units in International Development Studies or Global Studies)
Arts elective

*Immersion experience community-based learning experience for a minimum of three weeks where you have the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into everyday life in a developing country. There are additional costs and administrative fees associated with the immersion experience.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $8712 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

International students must meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 95.95 96.70
Median ATAR to receive an offer 62.35 71.40
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.75 58.75

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
7 17.95%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 19 48.72%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 8 20.51%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 39 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Direct Applications

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC or UAC. Unfortunately, a Direct application cannot be considered.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.

Melbourne

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

Human rights advocacy; social entrepreneurship; fair trade business; eco and responsible tourism; charity and humanitarian work; private aid distributor; working with NGO, government service, or international systems such as United Nations and World Bank.

Professional experience

Immersion Experience

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.

English language requirements

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

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

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 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.

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 duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 DVST100
Introduction to International Development Studies
GEOG101
Global Human Environments
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Arts minor 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 SOCS243
Global Health
DVST101
Humanitarian Work and Development Aid
GEOG204
Environmental Sustainability: The Global Challenge
Arts minor 2
Year 2 - Semester 1 GEOG207
Precarious states: development, geopolitics, livelihoods
(Pre:GEOG101 or HIST115)
DVST205
Peace and development
(Pre:DVST101)
SOCS237
People count: researching quantitatively
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100-level units in Sociology)
Arts minor 3
Year 2 - Semester 2 SOCS207
Meaning of life: researching qualitatively
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100-level units in Sociology or DVST100)
DVST204
Project management
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100-level units in Development Studies)
DVST202
Preparation for development education immersion program
(Pre: 60 credit points of core international development studies units)
Arts minor 4
Year 3 – Summer Term UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
     
Year 3 - Semester 1 DVST304
Development education immersion program*
(Pre: DVST202, DVST101)
     
Year 3 - Semester 2 DVST303
Advocacy and policy development
(Pre: 10 credit points from 200-level units in International Development Studies)
DVST301
Development alternatives: Fair trade
(Pre: GLST201)
DVST200
Refugees and Forced Migration
(Pre: 10 cp from 100-level units in International Development Studies or Global Studies)
Arts elective

*Immersion experience community-based learning experience for a minimum of three weeks where you have the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into everyday life in a developing country. There are additional costs and administrative fees associated with the immersion experience.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2925.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23400.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $70200.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

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.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Human rights advocacy; social entrepreneurship; fair trade business; eco and responsible tourism; charity and humanitarian work; private aid distributor; working with NGO, government service, or international systems such as United Nations and World Bank.

Professional experience

Immersion Experience

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.

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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