Credit points


Minimum duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Approved locations

  • Melbourne

EFTSL value of units : All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

Admission requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy  that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

International students must meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:



Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Additional Approvals

Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they undertake DVST307 International Development Global Experience or DVST306 Working in Development). These are: Working with Children Check (if the placement involves working with children) and/or a National Police check. International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Completion requirements

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 240 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 220 cp from specified units including:
  2. 80 cp from International Development Studies major (Part A);
  3. 10 cp from Community Development Unit (Part B);
  4. 50 cp from Global Studies units (Part C);
  5. 40 cp from Arts Minor (with the exception of Geography) as stipulated in the Bachelor of Arts degree (Part D)
  6. 20 cp from Research Methods units (Part E);
  7. 20 cp from Fieldwork Units (Part F); and
  8. 20 cp from Core Curriculum units (Part G).

Exit points

Students who have met the requirements of the Diploma in Liberal Arts can exit with that award.

Progression requirements

Students are required to follow the pattern of unit enrolment set out in the relevant Course Enrolment Guide unless otherwise approved by the Course Coordinator. In all aspects of progress through the course, students will be advised by the Course Coordinator.

Part A : International Development Studies Major

Complete exactly 80 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
INDVInternational Development Studies80

Part B : Community Development Unit

Complete exactly 10 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
YSED303Community Development10

Part C : Global Studies Units

Complete exactly 50 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
GEOG111Exploring Human Environments10
GEOG214Sustainability: The Global Challenge10
HIST106Australian Indigenous Peoples Past and Present10
SOCS243Global Health10
CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
POLS105Introduction to Human Rights10
HIST251Human Rights in History10
POLS213Security, Terrorism and Human Rights10

Part D : Bachelor of Arts Minor

Complete exactly 40 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
COMSCommunity Services40
CRWRCreative Writing40
DTCODigital Technologies (Computing)40
GEESGeography, Environment and Society40
GRDEGraphic Design40
HLDVHealthy Development40
INDVInternational Development Studies40
PINRPolitics and International Relations40
THSDTheological Studies40
VISUVisual Arts40
YWRKYouth Work40
SRLGStudy of Religions40

Arts Minor as stipulated in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

For the Schedule of Unit offerings in the Bachelor of Arts minors refer to the Bachelor of Arts Course Rules.

Part E : Research Methods Units

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
SOCS207Meaning of Life: Researching Qualitatively10
SOCS302People Count: Researching Globally with Quantitative Methods10

Part F : Fieldwork Units

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
DVST307International Development Global Experience20
DVST308Development Special Project20Or, with permission from the National Head of School

Part G : Core Curriculum Units

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
UNCC100Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society10
PHCC102Being Human10
PHCC104Ethics and the Good Life10
CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
UNCC300Justice and Change in a Global World10
PHCC320The Just Society10

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