Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 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.
BSc and BA major requirements
- GEOG 112, GEOG 212, GEOG 312, GEOG 316
- 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.
Please visit our postgraduate study pages for information about postgraduate qualifications in Development Studies.
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.
Dr Marcela Palomino-Schalscha
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Major in Development Studies
Phone: 04 463 5899
Please note: the list of courses displays undergraduate– and postgraduate–level courses for this subject.