Development Studies


The Development Studies program is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to the issues that concern the developing world such as poverty and inequality and the theories, policies and practical measures introduced to address these issues. Central issues and themes that are examined include the history, sociology and political economy of development; the causes of poverty and global inequality; the relationship between the environment and development; the debates about globalisation and the relationships of international institutions to developing countries. A range of electives grouped by their focus on development practice, historical development, political economy, regional and cultural studies including human rights are offered.

Studying Development Studies at UNSW

A major sequence in Development Studies is available within undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Please refer to the table below for a complete list and visit our website at for further information.

Development Studies can be studied as 

Specialisation At the Level of Stream
Development Studies Minor

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