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Development, poverty, inequality and environmental sustainability are some of the most important issues in the world today. You will focus on key global issues in local, national or international contexts. You could find yourself employed by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, helping developing countries address their internal constraints to trade. On a local level, you could work with Indigenous communities to interpret cultural messages on environmental sustainability. No matter your focus, when you study a Bachelor of Development Studies you will go on to make a positive difference in the world.
Areas of study: Cultures and citizenship, environmental sustainability, globalisation and economic development, urban and regional development.
Career opportunities: Aboriginal cultural educational officer, aid worker, community development worker, multicultural community liaison, youth worker, urban planner.
Practical experience: This degree places a strong focus on both field trips and work placement. Your fieldwork, in places like the historically significant and sacred Aboriginal Baiame Cave in the Upper Hunter, will give you the chance to develop research skills by interpreting the local environment. You can choose to develop your expertise in community development with a 12-week work placement as part of your degree. The opportunity for a global experience is also available with international work placement in countries such as Ecuador, the Philippines, Singapore, India, Japan, China, Malaysia, South Africa or Sweden.
Honours: Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to students based on merit.
Fees and charges: Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.
Recommended studies: Any 2 units of English.
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