Bachelor of International Development Studies
Course information for - 2023 entry
Offered at 1 locations
Studying international development at ACU will give you the knowledge, critical perspectives, and skills needed for compassionate and ethical engagement with communities in the developing world.
With a strong focus on human rights and social justice, the course covers humanitarian work, working with refugees, working for peace, advocacy, environmental sustainability and global health, and managing international development projects.
You will also gain valuable first-hand knowledge of humanitarian and development programs in action through our bespoke, overseas experience in a developing country.
At least three weeks with a development or humanitarian program in a developing country.
The Cultural Immersion Experience is an essential part of the Bachelor of International Development Studies where you will gain first-hand experience of everyday life in a developing country. This unique community-based learning opportunity will immerse you in a new culture through a homestay for three weeks in your third year.
Please note that there are additional costs and administrative fees associated with this experience.
Our graduates have pursued careers in:
- working with non-governmental organisations locally or abroad
- government service
- the United Nations
- international organisations such as The World Bank
- human rights and advocacy
- social entrepreneurship
- fair trade business sector
- eco and responsible tourism
- charity and humanitarian organisations
- private aid distribution
To complete the Bachelor of International Development Studies, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
|Year 1 - Semester 1|
DVST100 Introduction to International Development Studies
GEOG101 Global Human Environments
UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society
PHCC102 Being Human
PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life
|Arts minor 1|
|Year 1 - Semester 2|
SOCS243 Global Health
DVST101 Humanitarian Work and Aid
GEOG204 Environmental Sustainability: the Global Challenge
|Arts minor 2|
|Year 2 - Semester 1|
DVST200 Refugees and Forced Migration
DVST205 Peace and Conflict
Human Rights Elective 1
POLS105 Introduction to Human Rights 2
HIST251 Human Rights in History
POLS213 Security, Terrorism and Human Rights
|Arts minor 3|
|Year 2 - Semester 2|
SOCS207 Meaning of Life: Researching Qualitatively
DVST204 Project Management for Development
HIST106 Australian Indigenous Peoples Past and Present
|Arts minor 4|
|Year 3 - Semester 1|
DVST202 Preparation for Community-Based Global Experience 3
DVST307 International Development Global Experience
UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World 4
PHCC320 The Just Society
DVST202 Preparation for Community-Based Global Experience 5
|Year 3 - Semester 2|
DVST303 Development Advocacy
YSED303 Community Development
DVST306 Working in Development
SOCS302 People Count: Researching Globally with Quantitative Methods
This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
1. Students will select one Human Rights elective from the approved list of units.
2. POLS105 may be undertaken online in Summer Term, if available.
3. DVST202 is offered in Professional Term Two (2).
4. Students may enrol into UNCC300 in Semester One (1) in intensive mode if available or Summer or Winter Term.
5. DVST202 is offered in Professional Term Two (2).
*Immersion experience community-based learning experience for a minimum of three weeks where you have the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into everyday life in a developing country. There are additional costs and administrative fees associated with the immersion experience.
Students who have met the requirements of the Diploma in Liberal Arts can exit with that award.
English language requirements
Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading
If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.
Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.
There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.
Pathways into course for international applicants
If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed.
- Unit fee: $3196
- Average first year fee: $25568
- Estimate total cost: $76704
The tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.
Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.
You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.
You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.
How to apply
Yes. See Defer your offer.
Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.
Dr. Rachel Busbridge
Dr. Rachel Busbridge is a Lecturer in Sociology in the National School of Arts, based in Melbourne. Before joining ACU, she held research positions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, La Trobe University and Freie Universität Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow. A political sociologist, Rachel’s research interests cross nationalism, settler colonialism, political theory and urban studies. Her work has appeared in Political Geography, Political Studies, Theory, Culture and Society, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies and Social Identities, amongst others. Rachel is a Commissioning Editor of Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology (Sage).