Bachelor of International Studies
Why study the Bachelor of International Studies at UNE?
The Bachelor of International Studies is a three year degree. The degree comprises units with a global perspective from several disciplines. Topical issues include global security, earth in crisis, Islamic studies, cross-cultural communication, trade, the European Union, and Australia's relations with the US, Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Students choose two from three majors to specialise in areas of their choice such as Global Politics and Peace; Societies (featuring sociology, development and religion); and Languages.
Language can be undertaken in the first year. If students elect to major in Languages they can do one language and its culture to an advanced level (Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese or Spanish). Students who undertake the Languages major have the opportunity of transferring, after completion of 96 credit points, to the four-year Bachelor of International and Language Studies and studying abroad for a year. In-country experience and language skills are valued by prospective employers and students have found it immensely rewarding.
For both language and non-language students there is scope to do an overseas exchange trimester with one of UNE's partners in North America, Europe or Asia.
There is also the option of applying for the Bachelor of International Studies with Honours after completing the Bachelor of International Studies or Bachelor of International and Language Studies. Honours comprises coursework and thesis on a topic of interest to the student.
This degree can be studied both on and off campus. The teaching of linguistics and languages, in particular, at UNE is done with cutting edge technology.
Graduates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of International Studies may, on the recommendation of the head of school concerned, continue to an honours year. The honours program shall include advanced coursework and a dissertation.
To prepare students for further studies and/or employment in fields relating to international policy and advocacy which can include professions within government, inter-governmental and non-government organisations and the business sector such as the following: defence forces; environmental advocacy; human rights advocacy; immigration; intelligence agencies; international diplomacy; international commerce; journalism; non-government organisations; overseas development assistance; postgraduate studies and academia; public policy making and advice; and public relations.
3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time
2016 ATAR / OP
72.55 / 12
2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus
|Fees||CSP / International|
|Total Credit Points||144|
Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.
Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.
The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.
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Admission to Candidature
A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).
Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Period of Candidature
The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.
To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level, at least 72 credit points at 300-level and not more than 12 credit points at 400-level.
Program of Study
Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:
|Course Structure||Credit Points|
|Core Units||18-24 cps|
|Listed Units||24-30 cps|
|TWO Majors||72 cps|
|Elective Units||24 cps|
Award of Degree
Candidates who meet the course requirements including two majors shall be awarded the Bachelor of International Studies.
Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Arts on completion of 48 credit points. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Diploma in Arts must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Bachelor of International Studies. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.
To prepare students for further studies and/or employment in fields relating to international policy and advocacy, which can include professions within government, inter-governmental and non-government organisations, and the business sector.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Knowledge of a Discipline
Graduates will obtain an in-depth knowledge of one or more cognate disciplines in their chosen majors. This will include an appreciation of the processes through which knowledge has evolved in these disciplines. They will also understand the need to adopt transnational and multicultural approaches to the understanding of various issues. This knowledge will be taught via lectures or podcasts, interactive discussion in class or online, set readings and assessments.
Graduates will have developed good communication skills in their written work. They will have adopted a scholarly approach to research, presentation, writing and referencing. Assessment tasks foster these skills. On-campus students hone verbal skills in class.
Many disciplines in this degree challenge students to apply their critical reasoning capacity to address real problems and dilemmas facing individuals, states, inter-governmental organisations and non-government actors. Having done so, graduates will have developed skills to compare, analyse and evaluate conflicting 'facts', arguments and perspectives with a view to finding solutions to problems.
Graduates of international studies will have acquired skills in research and analysis, which in turn depend on the collection and evaluation of information from a range of sources. As many units are topical an ability to use up-to-date e-resources will have been mastered by graduates.
Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility
International studies have an inherent ethical dimension as it concerns the politics of who decides who gets what on a global level. That issue is addressed in assessment tasks and in class or online discussion. After completing this course graduates will be equipped to apply a spirit of enquiry, critique, ethics and analysis to daily life and current affairs.
Graduates will have honed life-long learning skills in research, analysis, interpretation and exposition. Graduates will be able to critique values, policies and processes. This includes an ability to mount arguments by developing ideas, seeking evidence, assessing alternatives and drawing independent conclusions. Graduates will have learned to engage in a flexible and open-minded pursuit of knowledge.
Independence and Collaboration
Graduates will develop skills in the independent study of international issues, in particular through autonomously researching and executing their assessment tasks. Teamwork is practised in interactive seminars and/or online discussion whereby students pose questions, communicate ideas and solve problems in cooperation with their peers and staff. Graduates will thus have learned to collaborate with others in a variety of contexts.