Course

Bachelor of International Studies

Approved Abbreviation: BIntlSt


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1658.4

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 064562C


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2017 or later.

Commencement Year 2013 to 2016 - 1658.3 Bachelor of International Studies

Commencement Year 2010 to 2012 - 1658.2 Bachelor of International Studies

Commencement Year 2009 - 1658.1 Bachelor of International Studies

This course examines the relationship of nations, cultures, languages and systems of government within the international system. It develops students’ capacity to analyse the historical development of relations among nation states and contemporary political, social and cultural issues, such as globalisation, transnationalism and migration.

International Studies allows students to combine studies from a range of discipline areas, including Asian and Islamic Studies, cultural and social analysis, history, politics and philosophy, and modern languages in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese. The course provides for one semester study abroad during three years of full-time study.

Students in this course also have the opportunity to complete a semester of study overseas and receive advanced standing towards their majors, sub majors or electives. They are encouraged to do so but must discuss this with a course advisor.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Di Dickenson

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course AdviceEnquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

ATAR score of at least 90 required for scholarship for 1 semester of study abroad

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Alternate Entry Pathway:

The exceptional merit pathway (EMP) will offer prospective students who demonstrate an aptitude and ability in the area of International Studies to receive a direct offer. Students will be required to present a portfolio, complete an audition, take part in a workshop and/or submit a written assessment, in addition to participating in an interview, during one of a series of on-campus events. Successful completion of the EMP requirements will result in a direct entry offer for the following year. Though a non-ATAR pathway, eligibility to accept the direct offer will be contingent on the successful completion of the HSC. Students who participate in this program but do not qualify for a direct offer would be eligible for a conditional offer, with the additional requirement of an ATAR of 55+.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3.

Students must complete the four Bachelor of Arts (BA) core units

100846Analytical Reading and Writing
100958Australia and the World
100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions

Students must also complete units in the following, as per the chosen course structure for Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced language skill

Major - International Relations and Asian Studies

M1055International Relations and Asian Studies

Sub-major

A sub-major in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese must be undertaken in conjunction with the major.

Note: The following sub-majors have inherent requirements, SM1077 Arabic, SM1078 Chinese, SM1080 Japanese and SM1112 Indonesian. Please see the link below:

Inherent Requirements

Bankstown campus

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1112Indonesian
SM1080Japanese

Parramatta campus

SM1078Chinese
SM1080Japanese

Students at either Bankstown or Parramatta campus may complete the Immersion Language sub-major which covers languages that are not taught at Western Sydney University. Details of this sub-major are available via the link below:

SM1128Immersion Language

Language Skill Level: Beginner - Course Structure Summary without Study Abroad

Year 1

Autumn session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

Level 1 Language unit

101442Asia in the World

Spring session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

Level 1 Language unit

101956Introduction to International Relations

Year 2

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2 Language unit

And one elective

Spring session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2 Language unit

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

And three electives

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

And three electives

Language Skill Level: Beginner - Course Structure Summary including Study Abroad Semester Option

Year 1

Autumn session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

Level 1 Language unit

101442Asia in the World

Spring session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

Level 1 Language unit

101956Introduction to International Relations

Year 2

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2 Language unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2 Language unit

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

And three electives

Spring session

Study Abroad semester

Language Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced - Course Structure Summary without Study Abroad

Year 1

Autumn session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

Level 2 Language unit

101442Asia in the World

Spring session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

101956Introduction to International Relations

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2 Language unit

And two electives

Spring session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 3 Language unit

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 3 Language unit

And one elective

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

And three electives

Language Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced - Course Structure Summary including Year 2 Study Abroad Semester Option

Year 1

Autumn session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

Level 2 Language unit

101442Asia in the World

Spring session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

Level 2 Language unit

101956Introduction to International Relations

Year 2

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 3 Language unit

And one elective

Spring session

Study Abroad semester

Year 3

Autumn session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 3 Language unit

And one elective

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

And two electives

Language Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced - Course Structure Summary including Year 3 Study Abroad Semester Option

Year 1

Autumn session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

Level 2 Language unit

101442Asia in the World

Spring session

BA Core unit

BA Core unit

101956Introduction to International Relations

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2 Language unit

And one elective

Spring session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 3 Language unit

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

101957The Asian Century

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 3 Language unit

And one elective

Spring session

Study Abroad semester

Major and Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for majors and sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Global Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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