Bachelor of International and Language Studies
Why study the Bachelor of International and Language Studies at UNE?
The Bachelor of International and Language Studies is a four year degree. Students cannot enrol directly into this degree but may only transfer into it after completing 96 credit points in the Bachelor of International Studies (equivalent to two years full-time) then complete a further 96 credit points in the Bachelor of International and Language Studies. The fourth and final year of this degree is comprised of In-Country language study.
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 must major in Languages and then choose one of the following: Global Politics and Peace or Societies (featuring sociology, geography, culture and religion). Students can choose one language and its culture to an advanced level (Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese or Spanish). 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. This degree can be studied both on campus and online. 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 and Language Studies may, with the approval of the head of school concerned, continue to an honours year. The honours program comprises advanced coursework and a dissertation (thesis) on a topic of interest to the student.
Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of International Studies on completion of 144 credit points (excluding OSLS units). Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for readmission and will be subject to current course requirements of 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 such as: the defence forces; environmental advocacy; human rights advocacy; immigration; intelligence agencies; diplomacy; international commerce; journalism; overseas development assistance; postgraduate studies and academia; public policy making and advice; and public relations.
2 Years Full-time
Up to 8 years Part-time
2019 STUDY OPTIONS
Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online
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All domestic students apply through the link belowFor more information, click here
International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).For more information, click here
Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.
Admission to the Bachelor of International and Language Studies can be sought after 96 credit points (including at least 24 credit points in a single language) in the program for the Bachelor of International Studies have successfully been completed.
Advanced standing will not be granted for OSLS391 or OSLS392, the in-country residence units.
The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.
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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 non-language major. 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 reading and assessment. They will have acquired advanced proficiency in their chosen language as a result of having undertaken a year of in-country language training overseas.
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. Graduates of in-country language training will have developed advanced written and verbal communication skills in their chosen language.
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 mastered by graduates.
Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility
International studies have an inherent ethical dimension as they concern the politics of who decides who gets what on a global level. That is addressed in assessment tasks and in class or on-line 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. Living in another country for a year will have further expanded their horizons as regards alternative approaches to learning, work and lifestyle.
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 interact and collaborate with others in a variety of contexts, including in their chosen foreign country.