Bachelor in Development Studies (Kathmandu University)
Kathmandu University offers a Bachelor's degree in the field of Arts and Sociology, entitled as Bachelor in Development Studies. It is a four years course which is divided into 8 semesters. It was a three-year program which was later extended to four years course.
Kathmandu University provides an extensive curriculum with some challenging academic course. The teaching faculty is committed to teaching and development research. Field visit is also a supreme part of the curriculum which enhances the practical knowledge to produce some great results.
Development course consists of individual subjects such as Demography, Anthropology, Political Science, History, Economics, Philosophy, International Relations, Ecology, Sociology, Geography and Public Management.
National College is the only college offering Bachelor of Development degree under Kathmandu University since 1999.
The main objective of this course is listed below:
- To learn about sustainable development.
- To prepare students to work in diverse cultural and socio-economic settings in both rural and urban settings.
- To enhance the leadership quality in students.
There is certain admission criterion that has to be met by the students/applicants. The applicant must have passed higher Secondary examination in any discipline with a score of at least second division. The applicants must undergo entrance examination set by Kathmandu University. Students qualifying entrance examination will be called for a personal interview. Only short-listed applicants will get admission which is totally on the merit basis.
There are total of 66 seats available for admission in which 60 seats are for Nepali students and rest 6 seats for foreign students.
Brilliant students are offered scholarship annually in which one student is provided with full scholarship. Other than that, college also tries to provide financial support through various NGOs and INGOs.
Course of Study
- Introduction to Microeconomics
- English I
- Introduction to Ecology and Environment
- Linear Algebra
- Nepali I (Grammar and Writing)
- Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology
- Concepts and Theories of Development
- English II
- Calculus and Application
- Nepali II (Literature and Research)
- Introductory Statistics
- Community Development
- Monetary Economics
- Community Based Natural Resource Management
- Human Behavior and Organizations
- Nepalese Culture and Society
- Statistics II
- Nepal’s Political and Constitutional Development
- Development Communication
- Agriculture and Development
- Public Finance and Budgeting
- Education for Sustainable Development
- Gender, Caste, Ethnicity and Social Inclusion
- Conflict Resolution
- Project Management
- Microfinance and Enterprise
- Environment Policy and Law
- Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing
- Governance and Development
- Research Methodology
- Urban Planning and Development
- Project Evaluation
- Development Economics
- Environment Assessment
- Tourism and Development
- Proposal/Report Writing, and Presentation
- Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed A- Economic Development 1- Poverty & Food Security
- Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed A- Economic Development 2- Resource Economics
- Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed A- Economic Development 3- International Trade & Development
- Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed B- Environment and Development 1- Earth Science
- Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed B- Environment and Development 2- Ecosystem Services
- Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed B- Environment and Development 3- Integrated Watershed Management
- Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed C- Social Development 1- Child Rights
- Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed C- Social Development 2- Public Health
- Elective (select one field of three subjects) Filed C- Social Development 3- Urban Sociology
- Project Work
- International Relations
Scope and Career Prospects
Development studies mainly focuses on improving living standard of people. Development demands effective utilization of human and financial resources so the basic concept of the course comprises of disciplines such as concepts and theories of development, project management, community development, conflict management, environmental management, resource management, good governance and many more. Deep knowledge and skills in such disciplines certainly produces professionals who can implement development process.
Development studies graduates can get career opportunities in global organizations like World Bank, United Nations, private sector development consultancy firms, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and research centers. Salaries are also satisfactory considering if it is a government or non-government organization.