Bachelor of International Development Studies

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This degree combines units that offer local and historical knowledge of specific geographic areas of the developing world, with units that explore transnational dimensions of development. This combination of subject matter enables students to gain knowledge of the planning, implementation and consequences of political and economic change, particularly the uneven effects of development policies on communities. Students will also gain knowledge of the macro and micro sociological forces, including social movements that have impacted historically on political, economic, cultural and ecological conditions, resulting in extreme poverty, poor health, fragile governance, inequality and environmental vulnerability. The degree grounds students in qualitative and quantitative research methods, providing them with the skills and knowledge to be able to determine appropriate strength-based capacity building approaches, and to identify economic inclusion strategies that promote economic opportunities for marginalised communities. The Bachelor of International Development Studies degree is located within the discipline area of 'development studies', which is an interdisciplinary branch of social science. The discipline area of development studies draws from a range of disciplines, particularly: anthropology, sociology, political science, human geography, environmental science, history and economics. The main objective of the degree is to provide students with the knowledge, critical perspectives understanding and skills needed for competent, compassionate, ethical and professional engagement with communities in the developing world. ACU BIDS graduates have a strong commitment to the common good and respect for the dignity of the human person. During the course students will gain hands-on experience in an international humanitarian or development program through the compulsory Immersion Experience unit. In addition to development theory and practice, students will study: global he

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Melbourne (St Patrick's)
Institution CRICOS: 00873F (ACT); 00112C (VIC); 00885B (Qld); 00004G (NSW)

Subjects

  • International development studies

Australian Catholic University is a publicly funded university and we welcome students and staff of all beliefs and backgrounds at our six campuses across Australia.

We have over 33,000 students from 160 countries that come from various religious and cultural backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal access to education for all.

We empower our students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions.

Our campuses and class sizes are small and students benefit from our individualised approach to quality teaching.

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We are the largest Catholic university in the English-speaking world and ranked in the top three per cent of universities worldwide* and recognised as one of the world’s top young universities.**

We are equal first for five fields of research in Australia - our institutes, centres and faculties boast internationally-renowned scholars, and produce world-class research. 

We are highly ranked by The Good Universities Guide 2018 for Full-Time Employment and  Starting Salary, and achieve five stars for Overall Experience, Skills Development and Learner Engagement, assuring you a high-quality academic and social experience.

Reputation

Not only are we Australia's largest educator of nurses, but we also have leading criminal lawyers, recognised business professionals and international artists amongst our academic staff. We are also home to multiple research institutes and are committed to the ongoing training of outstanding researchers.

Practical experience

With close links to industry, our undergraduate courses give students opportunities to undertake work placements, internships or volunteering programs while studying to ensure they are prepared for the world beyond the classroom.

Community engagement is a core part of every student’s experience at ACU and is embedded in our courses.

Location

ACU international students can choose to study in five exciting cities around Australia — Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Ballarat. Students also have the opportunity to transfer between campuses to experience more of the beautiful country.

ACU is globally connected. We have relationships with more than 200 universities and educational institutions in over 40 countries around the world. More than 1,000 ACU students go overseas each year as part of their ACU degree.

Affordable 

ACU is one of the most affordable institutions in Australia. With accredited and recognised courses, we offer students an excellent return on investment. 

A range of scholarships are on offer for international students, including the International Student Scholarship which covers 50 per cent of full-time tuition fees. This is awarded each year to 20 commencing undergraduate and postgraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence. 

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**Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2017

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