Faculty of Science

Development Studies

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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


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 Cultural Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Environmental Studies, Asian Studies or Pacific Studies.

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Undergraduate information

BSc and BA major requirements

  1. GEOG 112, GEOG 212, GEOG 312, GEOG 316
  2. Five further approved courses* with significant relevance to development studies and/or development studies content, comprising:
    one regional-based course and one subject-based course at 100-level
    one regional-based course and one subject-based course at 200-level
    one regional-based course or one subject-based course at 300-level

*A list of approved courses is included in the prospectus.

Postgraduate information

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

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office or Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

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

Prof Warwick Murray
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Major in Development Studies
Phone: 04 463 5029
Email: warwick.murray@vuw.ac.nz

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List of courses

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

500 Level Courses

DEVE 503 – Practicum

DEVE 511 – Development Theory

DEVE 512 – Development Practice

DEVE 513 – Development Policy

DEVE 514 – Development Research

DEVE 540 – Directed Individual Study

DEVE 560 – Special Topic

DEVE 561 – Special Topic

DEVE 589 – Thesis

DEVE 592 – Thesis

600 Level Courses

DEVE 690 – Development Studies for PhD