Master of Social Science (Development, Security and Sustainability)

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The course will develop student mastery in the theories, inter-linkages and strategies within the field of Development, Security and Sustainability with a clear practical orientation. These are integral to a critical understanding and analysis of the current world order and threats from climate change, global demands for resources, uneven economic growth and sustainability.

The specialisation takes a particular focus in the analysis of these issues within the South and East Asian Regions (including Australia) and the Pacific. It enables both local and international students to engage in analysis of the political, social and economic challenges in these regions and the critical significance of development security and sustainability to all our futures.

The course is unique in that it frames the issues of security and sustainability in the development process and is strongly rooted in a multidisciplinary perspective of social sciences. It will combine a focus on the global South and the concerns of the advanced North.

It is taught by leading scholars in the fields of peace and development studies as well as humanitarian studies with solid multidisciplinary background and experiences in the field of international development.

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Western is a Top 150 University in the world for Sociology (QS World University Ranking).

Course structure

Our course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.

Fees and delivery

Fees: $18,920*

Delivery: On campus

Fees: AUD $25,480*

Delivery: On campus



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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.