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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
The Bachelor of Development Studies provides opportunities to study the causes and consequences of unequal development and assess policy options for a more equitable and sustainable future. The Bachelor of Business explores all aspects of the contemporary business environment. The combined program builds on interdisciplinary understandings of uneven development and business practice and has a practical orientation, with students learning from case studies of uneven development and real business situations in Australia and internationally. The Development Studies component of this combined program is offered from the Newcastle - Callaghan campus. The Business component of this combined program is offered from the Newcastle - City location.
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
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 the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 320 units, comprised of the following:
- 140 units of core courses
- 80 unit Development Studies major, chosen from the Bachelor of Development Studies program handbook (see note 1)
- 60-70 unit Business major, chosen from the Bachelor of Business program handbook (see note 2)
- 10 units of Development Studies directed courses at 1000 level
- 20 units of Development Studies directed courses at 2000/3000 level
1) Students completing the Globalisation and Economic Development major must complete a 10 unit elective in order to complete a total of 320 units as this major includes ECON1001, which is a core course in the Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Business.
2) Each major in the Bachelor of Business is comprised of a total of 80 units and includes between 10-20 units of core courses. Students who are completing a Marketing major or Leadership and Management major must complete a 10 unit elective in order to complete a total of 320 units.
3) Courses taken as program directed courses cannot also be counted towards the Development Studies major or the Business major.
4) Where courses are listed in more than one major, they may count only towards one of the student's chosen majors. Students cannot count a course towards two majors.
5) Students who wish to exit the combined pogram and qualify for one award only will need to ensure that they meet the requirements of the single program by checking the appropriate single program handbook and contacting their Academic Program Advisor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
- 2017 - 2019 Semester 2 Program Plan 1.0 MB
- 2018-2019 Semester 1 Program Plan 323.7 KB
- 2020-2021 Semester 1 Program Plan 281.3 KB
- 2020-2021 Semester 2 Program Plan 281.6 KB
From 2021 there are changes to both the Bachelor of Development Studies and the Bachelor of Business. For students who commenced the program prior to 2021, please refer to the Bachelor of Development Studies Program Handbook and the Bachelor of Business Program Handbook for more information.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses.
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|ABOR1110||Introduction to Aboriginal Studies||10 units|
|ACFI1001||Accounting for Decision Makers||10 units|
|ACFI1003||Introduction to Finance||10 units|
|ECON1001||Microeconomics for Business Decisions||10 units|
|ECON1002||Macroeconomics in the Global Economy||10 units|
|ENVS1003||Environmental Values and Ethics||10 units|
|GEOG1030||Global Poverty and Development||10 units|
|LEGL1001||Foundations of Law||10 units|
|MKTG1001||Foundations of Marketing||10 units|
|MNGT1001||Introduction to Management||10 units|
|SOCA1010||Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction||10 units|
|STAT1060||Business Decision Making||10 units|
|GEOG2130||Geographies of Development||10 units|
|GEOG3300||Rethinking Development||10 units|
1000 Level Dev Studies Directed Courses
Complete 10 units from the following directed courses.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|ABOR1370||Working with Aboriginal Communities||10 units|
|ENVS1004||Social Development and the Environment||10 units|
|GEOG1020||Introduction to Human Geography||10 units|
|POLI1020||Introduction to Politics||10 units|
|SOCA1020||What is Anthropology?||10 units|
2000/3000 Level Dev Studies Directed Courses
Complete 20 units from the following directed courses.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|ABOR2244||Reconciling Australia's Colonial Past and Present||10 units|
|ENVS2002||Environmental Legislation and Planning||10 units|
|ENVS2008||The Sustainable Society||10 units|
|GEOG2080||Cities and Regions||10 units|
|POLI2001||Ideas in Political Science||10 units|
|POLI2130||Principles of Public Policy||Not currently offered||10 units|
|POLI2140||The Politics of Globalisation||Not currently offered||10 units|
|POLI2160||Global Power and World Order||Not currently offered||10 units|
|POLI2170||Regime Change and Altered States||Not currently offered||10 units|
|POLI2200||The Global Politics of Indigenous People||Not currently offered||10 units|
|POLI2203||International Political Economy and Global Development||10 units|
|SOCA2400||Future Societies: Beyond Capitalist Globalization||10 units|
|SOCS2400||Applied Social Research||10 units|
|SCIE3600||International Study Experience||10 units|
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 please see the Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) Program Handbook and the Bachelor of Business (Honours) Program Handbook.
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
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.
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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.
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