Are you interested in the causes and consequences of unequal development? Are you interested in issues such as the environment, sustainable development and globalisation? Would you like to have the skills to assess policy options for a more equitable and sustainable future? Do you want to make a difference? Then development studies is the program for you.
Tackle contemporary issues
The need for environmentally sustainable and equitable development is one of the most serious issues facing the contemporary world. Our development studies degree is the first specifically designated development studies degree in Australia. It offers a unique interdisciplinary combination of geography, environmental studies, sociology, politics and economics. Consequently the degree addresses the diverse and unequal impacts of global development on places, people and environment, nationally and internationally, and explores the potential and limitations of policy solutions.
Real-world experiences while you study
You can do fieldwork to explore critical development issues and explore the impacts of development and related policies and programs on places, people and communities. Exciting field trip destinations include the Northern Territory. You can also undertake work-based placement to learn about development issues in an applied way to gain experience, develop your project management skills and improve your understanding and preparedness for the workplace. You are encouraged to undertake internship or volunteer work with national and international aid and development organisations, NGOs and community organisations.