Bachelor of Development Studies

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The Bachelor of Development Studies degree program (Program Code 11368) is a Level 7 AQF compliant undergraduate coursework program.

The need for environmentally sustainable and equitable development is one of the most serious issues facing the contemporary world. This program provides opportunities to study the causes and consequences of unequal development and assess policy options for a more equitable and sustainable future.


Study a language (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/enrolment-and-course-information/apply-for-a-degree for information on how to gain entry. You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students/high-school-students/getting-in to see if you may be eligible.


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Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University. If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to your new program, please go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/enrolment-and-course-information/credit-transfer-and-cross-institutional-enrolment/ and click on how to apply for credit.


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An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.

For more information about Honours please follow the link below:

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-development-studies-honours/handbook


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students will have the opportunity to undertake GEOG3330 Work Integrated Learning in Development Studies and Human Geography, as a 3000 level directed course in their chosen major. This course is taken in a student's final year and involves professional placement with an external organisation. Students enter into an association with a co-operating host organisation where they further develop their expertise in issues relating to development studies.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All international students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/study-skills Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/support/indigenous-student-support


Requirements and Structure Back to top

Please see Further Information above for your Program Enrolment Checklist, "Are you on track?" form.

The degree is completed over three years full-time study (or part-time equivalent) and requires students to pass courses totaling 240 units. Most courses have a value of 10 units.

The program contains three components: core courses that build an interdisciplinary understanding of the development question; a major sequence of study in one of four key areas; and elective studies. The following requirements must be satisfied:

a) The completion of 70 units of core courses. The completion of 40 units of directed courses from an approved list: at least 20 units are to be taken at 1000 level and at least 20 units at 2000 level.

PLEASE NOTE: Courses counted towards the Directed Course List cannot be counted towards the major.

b) A major sequence of courses from the four key themes: Urban and Regional Development; Cultures and Citizenship; Environmental Sustainability, or Globalisation and Economic Development. To complete a major sequence a minimum of 80 units must be taken from the chosen stream of which a minimum of 40 units must be at 3000 level.

c) Not more than 50 units of electives that may be taken from any unrestricted undergraduate courses, either from the list of key themes below or elsewhere in the University.

d) A maximum of 100 units are to be taken at 1000 level.

e) A minimum of 60 units are to be taken at 3000 level.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

Students who have commenced their studies in the Bachelor of Development Studies prior to 2015 may elect to change to the new program commencing in 2015.

Students who commenced their program prior to 2015 may complete the Bachelor of Development Studies under the program structure in which they initially enrolled.

Students who commenced the program prior to 2013 and successfully completed:

  • SOCA3060 may not enrol in SOCA2065;
  • SOCA3325 may not enrol in SOCA2325;
  • SOCA3420 may not enrol in SOCA2400.

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Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 50 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.50 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)
Back to topCore Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal StudiesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
ECON1002Macroeconomics in the Global EconomySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS1003Environmental Values & Ethics

Not to count with ENVS1020

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOG1030Global poverty and developmentSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological IntroductionSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOG2130Geographies of DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG3300Rethinking DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topDirected Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from 1000 level Directed Courses (minimum).
ABOR1370Working with Aboriginal CommunitiesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
ECON1001Microeconomics for Business DecisionsTrimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS1004Social Development & the Environment

Not to count with SRMT1020 or EMGT1020.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG1020Introduction to Human GeographySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
POLI1020Introduction to PoliticsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1020Introduction to Social and Cultural AnthropologySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Choose 20 units from 2000 level Directed Courses (minimum).
ABOR2244Reconciling Australia's Colonial Past and Present

Not to count with ABOR2230

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ENVS2002Environmental Legislation & Planning

Not to count with ENVS2010

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2008The Sustainable Society

Not to count with EMGT2020

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG2080Cities and RegionsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
POLI2001Ideas in Political ScienceSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
POLI2020Foundations of Modern PoliticsNot currently offered10 units
POLI2130Principles of Public PolicyNot currently offered10 units
POLI2140The Politics of GlobalisationNot currently offered10 units
POLI2160Global Power and World OrderNot currently offered10 units
POLI2170Regime Change and Altered StatesNot currently offered10 units
POLI2200The Global Politics of Indigenous PeopleNot currently offered10 units
SOCA2400Globalisation, Social Justice and DevelopmentSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCS2400Applied Social ResearchSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Back to topCultures & Citizenship Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 80 units from Directed courses. At least 40 units must be at 3000 level.
ABOR1370Working with Aboriginal CommunitiesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SOCA1020Introduction to Social and Cultural AnthropologySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ABOR2241Aboriginal Political ProtestSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ABOR2244Reconciling Australia's Colonial Past and Present

Not to count with ABOR2230

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ABOR2440Aboriginal Health Past and Present

Not to count with ABOR1340

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ABOR2450Aboriginal Health Practices

Not to count with ABOR1350

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
POLI2200The Global Politics of Indigenous PeopleNot currently offered10 units
SOCA2325Cultural Worlds of Health and Illness

Not to count with SOCA3325

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SOCS2400Applied Social ResearchSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPSW2001Human Rights, Advocacy and Social ChangeSemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
TOUR2001Tourism, Culture and Heritage ManagementSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ABOR3021Australian Indigenous Language & Cultural Issues Today

Not to count with ABOR2121

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ABOR3024Aboriginal Community Development AdvocacySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ABOR3251International Indigenous Comparative StudiesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ABOR3380Human Rights & the World's Indigenous CommunitiesSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ABOR3440Indigenous Health Around the World

Not to count with ABOR2350

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
GEOG3090Society and SpaceSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG3330Work Integrated Learning in Development Studies and Human GeographySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
PHIL3251Philosophy, Modernity and Islam

Not to count with RELI3251

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
POLI3120Challenging Political DiscoursesNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3173Aborig Peoples & Racialised Policy in AustNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3174Aboriginal Culture and Politics in AustraliaNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3220Youth Culture and RiskSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
SOCA3230Identity and CultureSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA3240Violence and Social OrderNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3280Global Change and Public HealthNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3290People's Power: Social Movements and Community ActivismNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3315Living the BodyNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3351Social Policy and Social JusticeSemester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
SOCA3360Social and Cultural Deviance in the CityNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3666Consumption and Everyday LifeNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3850Indigenous Peoples of the Contemporary WorldSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SOCA3902Religion and Politics in Contemporary SocietyNot currently offered10 units
Back to topEnvironmental Sustainability Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 80 units from Directed courses. At least 40 units must be at 3000 level.
ENVS1004Social Development & the Environment

Not to count with SRMT1020 or EMGT1020.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ABOR2243Indigenous People, Global Warming and the EnvironmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ENVS2002Environmental Legislation & Planning

Not to count with ENVS2010

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2008The Sustainable Society

Not to count with EMGT2020

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG2080Cities and RegionsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
HLSC2241Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary PerspectivesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SOCA2065Environment and Society

Not to count with SOCA3060

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
ECON3006Environmental Economics

Not to count with ECON3320

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3001Integrated Impact Assessment

Not to count with EMGT3110

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3006Sustainability: Theory and Practice

Not to count with EMGT3070

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG3330Work Integrated Learning in Development Studies and Human GeographySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
PHIL3500Democracy, Economy and Global WarmingSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SOCA3350The Sociology of FoodSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
TOUR3000Leisure Tourism and Environmental IssuesSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
TOUR3001Tourism Planning and PolicySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
Back to topGlobalisation & Economic Development Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
ECON1001Microeconomics for Business Decisions

ECON1001 is compulsory for the Globalisation and Economic Development Major

Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 70 units from Directed courses. Minimum of 40 units at 3000 level & 20 units of ECON courses above 1000 level.
ECON2002Intermediate MacroeconomicsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG2080Cities and RegionsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
POLI2140The Politics of GlobalisationNot currently offered10 units
POLI2200The Global Politics of Indigenous PeopleNot currently offered10 units
POLI2202Global Terrorism: Politics and ProblemsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
POLI2203International Political Economy and Global DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SOCA2400Globalisation, Social Justice and Development

Not to count with SOCA3050

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ABOR3380Human Rights & the World's Indigenous CommunitiesSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ECON3002Economic DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ECON3003Global Trade and FinanceSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ECON3006Environmental Economics

Not to count with ECON3320

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ECON3008International Macroeconomics

Not to count with ECON3001

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG3240Globalisation: Cities, EconomiesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG3330Work Integrated Learning in Development Studies and Human GeographySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
POLI3001Organisations, Politics and SocietyTrimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
POLI3002Power and the StateSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
POLI3030Politics and Power in Asia

POLI2030 may be taken instead of POLI3030.

Not currently offered10 units
POLI3140The Politics of GlobalisationNot currently offered10 units
POLI3160Global Power and World Order

POLI2160 may be taken instead of POLI3160.

Not currently offered10 units
POLI3170Regime Change and Altered States

POLI2170 may be taken instead of POLI3170.

Not currently offered10 units
POLI3201Politics of Genocide: A Global ComparisonNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3095Economic Sociology - A Case Study ApproachNot currently offered10 units
Back to topUrban & Regional Development Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 80 units from Directed courses. At least 40 units must be at 3000 level.
GEOG1020Introduction to Human GeographySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ABOR2244Reconciling Australia's Colonial Past and Present

Not to count with ABOR2230

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ABOR2245Aboriginal People and Law

Not to count with ABOR2380

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ENVS2002Environmental Legislation & Planning

Not to count with ENVS2010

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2008The Sustainable Society

Not to count with EMGT2020

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG2080Cities and RegionsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS2161Geographic Information Systems and Remote SensingSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
HLSC2241Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary PerspectivesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SOCA2065Environment and Society

Not to count with SOCA3060

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SOCS2400Applied Social ResearchSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ABOR3024Aboriginal Community Development AdvocacySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
ECON3002Economic DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ECON3006Environmental Economics

Not to count with ECON3320

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3001Integrated Impact Assessment

Not to count with EMGT3110

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOG3090Society and SpaceSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG3240Globalisation: Cities, EconomiesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOG3330Work Integrated Learning in Development Studies and Human GeographySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS3250Geographic Information SystemsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
POLI3130Principles of Public PolicyNot currently offered10 units
POLI3180Politics, Policy and Government

POLI2180 may be taken instead of POLI3180.

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SOCA3360Social and Cultural Deviance in the CityNot currently offered10 units
TOUR3001Tourism Planning and PolicySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units