Global studies and international development

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Career outcomes

Our graduates have pursued careers as:

  • academics
  • human rights advocates
  • public servants
  • aid workers
  • interpreters
  • sustainability consultants
  • culture specialists
  • multinational coordinators
  • diplomats
  • national security advisers
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About global studies and international development

Step out of the classroom and onto the world stage. When you study in the field of global studies, you’ll learn to see complex international issues, relations and a changing society through the lens of an informed global perspective. If you want to make a difference in a world of differences, a career in global studies or international development could be for you.

A double degree at ACU

Our Bachelor of Global Studies is offered as part of a double degree. You can choose to pair it with a degree in applied public health, arts, business administration, commerce, law or theology, giving you greater insight into sustainability, economic change, world politics and justice. All Bachelor of Global Studies students spend a semester abroad, either studying at a partner university or doing an internship to gain invaluable international experience.

Your compassion is key

Our mission includes a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good. Our international studies courses have our mission at their core. As the world gets smaller, we ensure that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage compassionately, ethically and professionally with communities around the world.

Global understanding

There is so much more to learn about international studies than can be taught in a classroom. That’s why many of our international studies degrees have overseas experiences built into them. Our global studies degrees include a semester studying abroad, while the Bachelor of International Development Studies includes an immersion program with an NGO in a developing country.

Learn another language

Pair an international studies degree with a Diploma in Languages to give yourself an edge in a competitive international job market. You can complete the diploma at the same time as your degree, taking classes part-time as intensives or outside of the standard semesters. We currently offer the diploma in Italian and Spanish.

Meet our students and staff

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Erina Macdonald

Bachelor of International Development Studies student

“The immersion experience program is life changing. … You learn so much and it opens your eyes to global events, issues and cultures. I want to be able to make a difference in this world. What I’ve enjoyed the most about my course is learning about the world from an entirely new perspective.”

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Associate Professor Nick Carter

Nick Carter is an Associate Professor of Modern History here at ACU, based our North Sydney campus. Before joining the university in 2013, Assoc. Prof Carter was the Head of History at the University of Wales, Newport, in the UK. A specialist in modern Italian history, his research has been published by leading international academic presses and journals in both the UK and Italy. He is the author of Modern Italy in Historical Perspective, 1870 – Present and Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento. His current research examines the post-war material cultural legacy of Italian Fascism.

Assoc. Prof Carter has extensive teaching experience having worked in the university sector since 1991 in the UK and Australia. He was also a co-recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2018 (awarded 2019). This prestigious award recognised his work in ‘designing and delivering an international interdisciplinary humanities curriculum that inspires students to develop cross-discipline and cross-cultural skills, create new knowledge and grow as individuals’.

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