Undergraduate degree Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies
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UAC code482570 - Newcastle
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.4 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 0100760
Program Code40179
Selection Rank
TBC (Median SR)
Entry requirements

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.

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:
Bachelor of Development Studies, and Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies

Program handbook


The need for environmentally sustainable and equitable development is one of the most serious issues facing the contemporary world. The Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies provides opportunities to study the Indigenous identity, culture and knowledges, as well as the causes and consequences of unequal development, and assess policy options for a more equitable and sustainable future. Drawing upon the expertise of the Faculty of Science and The Wollotuka Institute (widely regarded as a national leader in Indigenous education), the Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies offers students an interdisciplinary understanding of uneven development, decolonisation, identity cultures, and representation, that will enable students to be active global citizens ready to create innovative solutions to pressing issues in local, regional, national and international contexts.


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Program code40179
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 4 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian

This program is new for 2021, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD32,175 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
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CRICOS Code0100760

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and offshore 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.

Credit transfer

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

320 units

Program duration

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

Program requirements

The Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies requires students to complete a total of, but no more than, 320 units comprised of the following:

To ensure a balance between Global Indigenous Studies and Development Studies program outcomes, at least 80 units of ABOR coded courses must be completed as part of this program.

Program plans

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.

Transition arrangements

2021 Revision

In 2021 the core course GEOG3330 Work Integrated Learning in Development Studies and Human Geography was replaced by GEOG3300 Rethinking Development. Students who have not yet completed GEOG3330 need to complete GEOG3300.

From 2021 there are changes to both the Bachelor of Development Studies and the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies. For students who commenced the program prior to 2021, please refer to the Bachelor of Development Studies Program Handbook and the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies Program Handbook for more information.

Program structure

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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Core Courses

Complete the following Core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR1001Welcome to Critical Indigenous Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
ECON1002Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
ENVS1003Environmental Values and Ethics
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOG1030Global Poverty and Development
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
ABOR2001Development of Inclusive Workplace and Entrepreneurial Identities
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOG2130Geographies of Development
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units
ABOR3001Building Skills for Change
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
ABOR3999Aboriginal Professional Experience
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG3300Rethinking Development
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units


Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may apply to undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree and further develop their specific areas of interest.

Additional information

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.

International students

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.

Additional support

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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