The Bachelor of Development Studies at ANU explores issues that arise from the planning, implementation and consequences of social, political and economic change, and global inequality among people of the Global South.
This degree examines the nature of relations between wealthier countries and those people and countries who are, or consider themselves to be, disadvantaged in a rapidly globalising world. You will learn an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of theory and practice concerning the processes of development in the Global South.
The Bachelor of Development Studies offers a solid grounding in the institutional processes of development, a critique of development organisation and discourses and training in the practices of development implementation.
Development Studies at ANU
ANU is a leader in the field of Development Studies and has established relationships with Australian and international aid and development organisations.
You are able to take courses on specific regions such as Central Asia, the Middle East, China, Latin America, Oceania, and South and Southeast Asia. You will have the opportunity within your Development Studies major to take courses from a range of disciplines including economics, environmental studies, political science, anthropology and sociology. You are also able to study a language to complement your studies and understanding of development.
Development studies students learn to:
- Identify the theory and principles of development
- Analyse the practice of development through multilateral, bilateral, government and non-government agencies
- Examine critical development issues in particular regions
- Further their understanding by engaging in social sciences and/or a language.
Flexable Double Degree
The Bachelor of Development Studies can be combined with degrees in Law, Business or Science as part of the ANU Flexible Double Degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see anu.edu.au/study/study-options/flexible-double
In Development Studies, you may have the opportunity to make the most of the University’s national capital location. Internships are available for students who want to gain invaluable experience working within government and non-government organisations that focus on issues in development. There are also opportunities for you to work in an organisation located in a developing country under the supervision of the local employer and an ANU academic staff member. You will undertake projects and research which will be credited towards your degree. See anip.anu.edu.au for more information.