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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Humanitarian Aid and Development

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104631
590460
Online (CSP)
104631
590460
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101028
Course duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
6 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WHAD01

Award
Bachelor of Humanitarian Aid and Development
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Sector
HE
Area of study
Community Services and Social Work
Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management
Health

The Bachelor of Humanitarian Aid and Development is an inter-disciplinary degree that will teach you to understand, critically analyse and apply concepts of community development, humanitarian practice and development aid.

During the course, you'll explore concepts in a variety of fields including culture studies, sociology, ethics, Indigenous knowledge, community development, international humanitarian assistance and development, project management, and language studies. You'll learn from academics and industry practitioners who have a professional focus on national and international community work, disaster relief and development.

Hands-on experience matters in the industry, which is why you'll complete a two-week intensive unit at our Casuarina campus in Darwin. This will give you the knowledge and practical skills to work in humanitarian assistance.

In your final year, you'll also complete a 400-hour placement with a community-based, humanitarian or development aid organisation in Australia or overseas. International placements are available with industry partners, including in the Asia Pacific.

With an unprecedented number of displaced people across the world seeking life-saving relief, there is a growing need for skilled and trained humanitarian and development aid workers. This degree will give you the knowledge and skills to provide support for those affected by man-made and natural disasters, poverty and social injustice.

Credit transfers and pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
23 56.0
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study 7 17.0
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/P
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

<5 N/P
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

<5 N/P
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

<5 N/P
International students 6 15.0
All students 41 100.0

Notes
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

You will require a National Police Clearance from the Australian Federal Police, a Working with Children Card (OCHRE Card or equivalent) and a first aid training certificate (in time to start your placements).

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Median rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Highest rank to receive an offer <5 <5

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

Course structure

The course is made up of 240 credit points of core, common and elective units. This includes introductory units in:

  • social work
  • psychology and sociology
  • direct practice with individuals and groups
  • community work and development
  • project management
  • legal issues
  • social policy
  • remote and regional practice

In order to participate in two compulsory placements in your second and third year, you'll need to satisfy the requirements of a criminal history check.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
 Core Units
 (17 units)
 180cp Compulsory Core units totalling 180 credit points as detailed below.

 HAD100 Introduction to Disasters, Humanitarian Aid and Development
 IAS101 Indigenous Australia
 PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A
 SWK101 Introduction to Human Services
 HAD250 Humanitarian Needs Assessment
 HCS261 Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice (WIL) 
 IAS201 Cultural Capabilities
 IAS222 Global Sociology
 MAN204 Project Management
 DEM300 Community-Based Risk Management
 DEM311 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
 HCS351 Professional Practice Placement (20 CP)
 HCS365 From Theory to Practice - Aid and Development 
 SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities
 SWK312 Social Research Methods 
 SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice 
 IAS402 Intercultural Practice

 Specialist Electives
 (6 units)
 60cp Specialist Elective units totalling 60 credit points as detailed below. 

 INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT
 IAS102 Northern Exposure
 IAS161 Language Studies 1 
 IAS202 Northern Futures
 IAS242 Indigenous Governance and Leadership
 IAS351 Indigenous Networking and Collaboration
 IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment

 SKILLS FOR HUMANITARIAN PRACTICE 
 IAS122 Ethics and Decision Theory
 ENV202 Introductory Remote Sensing
 ENV208 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
 LWA221 Human Rights Law (No longer offered 2021)
 DEM312 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management 

 DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE 
 IAS133 Introduction to International Relations
 MAN105 Introduction to Management
 QAB105 Quantitative Analysis for Business
 MAN212 Organisational Behaviour
 IAS336 Major Issues in Contemporary Indonesia
 IAS404 In-Country Placement

   240cp  Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
IAS101 Indigenous Australia CO IAS201 Cultural Capabilities CO
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO HAD100 Introduction to Disasters, Humanitarian Aid and Development CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO Specialist Elective 2 SE
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE
Year 2
MAN204 Project Management CO IAS222 Global Sociology CO
HCS261 Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice (WIL) (SP2) CO HAD250 Humanitarian Needs Assessment CO
DEM300 Community-Based Risk Management CO Specialist Elective 5 SE
Specialist Elective 4 SE Specialist Elective 6 SE
Year 3
IAS402 Intercultural Practice CO HCS351 Professional Practice Placement (20 credit points) CO
DEM311 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context CO HCS365 From Theory to Practice - Aid and Development  CO
SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities CO SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice  CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods  CO    

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    IAS201 Cultural Capabilities CO
    HAD100 Introduction to Disasters, Humanitarian Aid and Development CO
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
    Specialist Elective 2 SE
Year 2
IAS101 Indigenous Australia CO IAS222 Global Sociology CO
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO HAD250 Humanitarian Needs Assessment CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO Specialist Elective 4 SE
Specialist Elective 3 SE Specialist Elective 5 SE
Year 3
MAN204 Project Management CO HCS351 Professional Practice Placement (20 credit points) CO
HCS261 Fundamentals of Humanitarian Practice (WIL) (SP2) CO HCS365  From Theory to Practice – Aid and Development CO
IAS402 Intercultural Practice CO SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice  CO
Specialist Elective 6 SE    
Year 4
DEM300 Community-Based Risk Management CO    
DEM311 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context CO    
SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities CO    
SWK312 Social Research Methods  CO    

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Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

 

SATAC

 

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

 

UAC

 

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE* course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

MyNextCourse

*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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