Development Studies is a multidisciplinary field that examines social, economic, and political change. This program will give you a broad understanding of societal problems through analyzing the economic, political, cultural, and geographic factors that impact development issues. During the course of your studies, you’ll gain cultural understanding, practical experiences, analytic skills, and research capabilities.

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Development Studies is a multidisciplinary field that examines social, economic, and political change. This program will give you a broad understanding of societal problems through analyzing the economic, political, cultural, and geographic factors that impact development issues. During the course of your studies, you'll gain cultural understanding, practical experiences, analytic skills, and research capabilities.

You will study real-world issues such as globalisation, environmental change, sustainable development and social justice. Our interdisciplinary approach means that in addition to your major you are exposed to a wide range of areas including:

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Environmental studies

Skills, abilities and knowledge learnt in the Bachelor of Development Studies are highly sought after by a broad range of employers, including international aid organisations, consulting firms and local, state and federal government departments.

Career opportunities can include:

  • international development
  • urban and regional planning
  • social policy
  • tourism
  • community development
  • environmental management
  • consultancy and management
  • advocacy and policy development work
  • research