Poverty, disease, inequality, poor governance, environmental vulnerability, displacement and forced migration are complex issues facing the world today. International Development Studies allows you to explore and engage with these issues, to analyse and critique past and present approaches to development, and to build the practical skills necessary to effectively contribute to the management of global problems.
The Bachelor of International Development Studies (BIDS) at ACU focuses on the uneven effects of development policies on communities around the world. It offers engaging accounts of the history of development at both the national and international level, and provides students with different political, economic and social perspectives on current development problems.
BIDS students undertake both theoretical and skills-based subjects and will participate in an exciting, intense and rewarding field-based subject in a developing country (the Development Education Immersion Program, DEIP). The DEIP provides first-hand experience of how grassroots NGOs operate in cross-cultural contexts, as well as a keen awareness of the many paths that can be followed in the development field. This experience is invaluable when you pursue internship opportunities, further study or later employment in the development sector.
BIDS offers a wide range of relevant core study units, in addition to which you can select a minor sequence from one of sociology, politics and international relations, economics, geography, history, media, communication and philosophy. In addition to the DEIP you can also choose to undertake a domestic internship.
BIDS students acquire the skills required to be effective actors in contemporary national and international development contexts, specifically: higher-level skills in research, communication and critical analysis; project advocacy and grant and report writing; project development, monitoring and evaluation; basic financial reporting; risk management; organisational capacity building; intercultural skills and awareness; and qualitative and quantitative research methods and data management.
You will graduate from ACU’s International Development Studies with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for competent, compassionate, ethical and professional engagement with communities in the developing world.
As an ACU International Development graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your Bachelor of International Development studies, you will be able to:
- critically evaluate competing academic arguments in terms of their social effects on communities in developing countries
- communicate complex inter-related ideas clearly and concisely through written, oral and visual forms
- approach current problems in development from a range of perspectives, and develop responses that are appropriate for communities, and for employers
- apply theories, concepts, and knowledge of international geopolitical and economic arrangements to particular development issues to create effective policy solutions
- apply wide-ranging skills in policy analysis, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, research, fundraising and project management
Where to from ACU?
- International Development Studies can lead to exciting careers in non-government organisations, community-based organisations, international institutions, government, social business enterprises and think tanks.
- You will acquire skills that are highly transferable, not just between potential employment agencies but also between fields, leading to employment opportunities in diverse sectors including education, health, human rights, labour, humanitarian aid, refugee services and advocacy and NGOs.
- ACU’s International Development Studies builds a robust platform for individuals seeking to pursue further study in specialised disciplines at the Master’s and Doctoral levels