Faculty of Science

Development Studies

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Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This subject is taught by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.

Overview

Where in the world do Asia, gender studies, Latin America, earthquakes, the Pacific Islands, and globalisation meet? The answer is Victoria's major in Development Studies, taken as part of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

Victoria's Development Studies programme is the first major of its kind in New Zealand. It's an umbrella under which you can study almost any aspect of the development of human societies, and their relationship to the Earth we live on. This multidisciplinary field is concerned with studying inequality between people and nations, and the ethical issues that poverty and inequality create. Because Development Studies investigates the world and the people who live here, it encourages you to be confident and tolerant with cross-cultural issues, and to analyse and solve global problems.

With guidance from the Geography programme within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, you can shape a degree that is tailored directly to your abilities and interests. Building on a core in human geography, you are encouraged to take this major combined with another in a linked discipline—like Asian Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Pacific Studies or Political Science.

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Undergraduate information

Development Studies major requirements

Majors within the BSc and BA require a total of nine courses, four core courses and five approved courses with significant relevance to development studies and/or development studies content.

    Complete three courses at 100 level:

    • GEOG 112 - Introduction to Human Geography and Development Studies
    • One regional-based course
      • Approved regional-based courses:
        • ASIA 101
        • MAOR 123
        • PASI 101
    • One subject-based course
      • Approved subject-based courses:
        • ANTH 101
        • ANTH 102
        • ECON 130
        • ECON 141
        • ENVI 114/GEOG 114
        • ESCI 111/GEOG 111
        • INTP 113
        • POLS 111
        • POLS 112
        • POLS 114
        • PUBL 113
        • RELI 107
        • RELI 108
        • SOSC 111.

    Complete three courses at 200 level:

    • GEOG 212 - Worlds of Development
    • One regional-based course.
      • Approved regional-based courses:
        • ASIA 201
        • MAOR 210
        • MAOR 216
        • PASI 201
        • PASI 202
        • POLS 203
        • POLS 208
    • One subject-based course.
      • Approved subject-based courses:
        • ANTH 208
        • ANTH 209
        • ANTH  215
        • BIOL 222/GEOG 222
        • BIOL 271
        • ECON 201
        • ECON 202
        • ECON 212
        • ENVI 214/GEOG 214
        • GEOG 216
        • GEOG 217
        • INTP 247
        • MAOR 202
        • MAOR 217
        • POLS 206
        • PUBL 201
        • PUBL 203/PUBL 209
        • PUBL 205
        • PUBL 207
        • RELI 203
        • RELI 205
        • RELI 206
        • RELI 212
        • SOSC 211.

    Complete three courses at 300 level:

    • GEOG 312 - Race, Gender and Development
    • GEOG 316 - Geographies of Globalisation
    • One 300-level course.
      • Approved 300-level courses:
        • ANTH 317
        • ASIA 301
        • ASIA 302
        • BIOL 325
        • BIOL 328
        • BIOL 371
        • ECON 307
        • ECON 309
        • ECON 340
        • ECON 341
        • ECON 351
        • ENVI 314/GEOG 314
        • GEOG 313
        • GEOG 320
        • GEOG 324
        • GEOG 325
        • INTP 354
        • INTP 360
        • INTP 363
        • INTP 370
        • INTP 377
        • INTP 378
        • MAOR 301
        • MAOR 308
        • MAOR 313
        • MAOR 316
        • MAOR 317
        • PASI 301
        • PASI 302
        • PASI 303
        • POLS 353
        • PUBL 303
        • RELI 327
        • RELI 330
        • RELI 331
        • SPOL 306.

    Supplementary information

    GEOG 324 and 325 are strongly recommended for anyone interested in development research practice. For students taking Development Studies as a double major with Geography or Physical Geography, these courses are required for GEOG and PHYS majors so cannot be counted as part of the Development Studies major.

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    Postgraduate information

    Victoria’s postgraduate programme in Development Studies accepts students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and focuses on the conceptual and practical aspects of working in the development field.

    It combines aspects of development-related theory, practice, policy and research. Students can complete either a 120 point Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies or a 240 point Master of Development Studies.

    Visit our postgraduate study pages for information about postgraduate qualifications in Development Studies.

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    How to find out more

    Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

    If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.

    If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

    Dr Marcela Palomino-Schalscha
    Coordinator of the Undergraduate Major in Development Studies
    Phone: +64 4 463 5899Email: marcela.palomino-schalscha@vuw.ac.nz

    School Office
    Phone: +64 4 463 5337
    Email: geo-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

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    Related subjects and careers

    Related subjectsCareers

    Asian Studies
    Biology
    Cultural Anthropology
    Economics
    Environmental Studies
    Geography
    History
    Māori Studies
    Pacific Studies
    Political Science
    Public Policy
    Sociology
    Tourism Management

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    List of courses

    Development Studies courses are taught within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Cotton Building.

    Please note: These 500-level courses are offered for Postgraduate Diploma of Development Studies and the Master of Development Studies.