Undergraduate degree Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Social Science
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UAC code482560 - Newcastle
LocationNewcastle
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), Intake in 2022,
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 095143K
Program Code40095
Selection Rank
85.00
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 Social Science

Program handbook

Description

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

Social science provides you with the opportunity to analyse, challenge and gain an insight into theories about life cycle, gender, class, race, work, social justice and social organisation. Social science theories are the result of systematic thinking, observations and reflection, and contribute to political and moral debate in society, rather than dictate precise answers to complex social problems.

The combined program offers students an interdisciplinary understanding of uneven development in the Bachelor of Development Studies with a grounding in social science theory and practice from the Bachelor of Social Science.


Details

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Program code40095
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

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

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Recommended studiesHSC English (Advanced) or equivalent. For the Psychology Studies major: HSC Mathematics or equivalent.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
  • International students - AUD31,895 (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 Code095143K

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Admission information

Admission requirements

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.


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 Social Science requires students to complete a total of, but no more than, 320 units, comprised of the following:

Notes

1) Due to overlap in program content, students in the combined degree are NOT permitted to take the following Bachelor of Social Science majors:

  • Global Indigenous Studies (previously named Aboriginal Studies)
  • Human Geography and the Environment
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Sociology and Anthropology

2) Courses taken as the 1000 level or 2000/3000 level Bachelor of Development Studies directed courses cannot be counted towards the Bachelor of Development Studies major or the Bachelor of Social Science major.

3) Students must not complete more than 120 units at 1000 level and no more than 100 units at 2000 level.

    4) Where courses are listed in more than one major, they may only count towards one of the student's chosen majors. Students cannot count a course towards two majors.

    5) Students who wish to exit the combined degree and qualify for one award only will need to ensure that they meet the requirements of the single degree by checking the appropriate single degree handbook and contacting their Academic Program Advisor at programadvice@newcastle.edu.au.


    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

    From 2021 there are changes to the Bachelor of Development Studies and the Bachelor of Social Science. For students who commenced the program prior to 2021, please refer to the Bachelor of Development Studies Program Handbook and the Bachelor of Social Science 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
    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
    SOCS1100Professional Practice and Key Debates in Social Sciences
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    GEOG2130Geographies of Development
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    SOCS2100Organisational Management and Social Behaviour
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    SOCS2200Social Analysis: Key Perspectives in the Social Sciences
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    SOCS2300Ethical Debates in the Social Sciences
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    SOCS2400Applied Social Research
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    GEOG3300Rethinking Development
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    SOCS3100Policy Development, Program Management and Evaluation
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    SOCS3200Applied Social Research Project
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    10 units

    1000 Level Dev Studies Directed Courses

    Complete 10 units from the following directed courses.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    ABOR1370Working with Aboriginal Communities
    • Summer 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    ECON1001Microeconomics for Business Decisions
    • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (UNCIE)
    • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
    • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    ENVS1004Social Development and the Environment
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    GEOG1020Introduction to Human Geography
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    POLI1020Introduction to Politics
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    SOCA1020What is Anthropology?
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    10 units

    2000/3000 Level Dev Studies Directed Courses

    Complete 10 units from the following directed courses.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    ABOR2244Reconciling Australia's Colonial Past and Present
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    ENVS2002Environmental Legislation and Planning
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    ENVS2008The Sustainable Society
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    GEOG2080Cities and Regions
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    POLI2001Ideas in Political Science
    • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    POLI2200The Global Politics of Indigenous PeopleNot currently offered10 units
    POLI2203International Political Economy and Global Development
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    SOCA2400Future Societies: Beyond Capitalist Globalization
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2021 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    SCIE3600International Study Experience
    • Summer 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
    • Winter - 2021 (Callaghan)
    10 units

    Honours

    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 the Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) please see here.

    For more information about the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) please see here.


    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.

    The Psychology major is for students with a general interest in Psychology, and for those who see Psychology as complimentary to their studies in Social Science.  It is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).


    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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