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Bachelor of International Studies

Approved Abbreviation: BIntlSt


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1658.5

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 064562C


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


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 2020 or later.

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.

Commencement Year 2017 to 2018 - 1658.4 Bachelor of International Studies

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.

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course AdviceEnquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

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

Inherent requirements

Dedicated inherent requirements for Arts are currently under development. Once in place, these inherent requirements will also be applicable to this course.

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.

Course Structure

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

All students must enrol in and complete 60 credit points of Bachelor of Arts Core units consisting of four units at Level 1, one unit at Level 2 and one unit at Level 3.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) core units

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102739Multiliteracies

Engaged Learning Pool units

Students must successfully complete 10 credit points from the list below

100961Humanities Internship
102740Service Learning
102741Group Project
102742Study Tours

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

Major

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 should seek course advice in relation to the level 2/3 language sequences. Students doing Indonesian will need to seek course advice as there are limited Level 2 units.

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

The following recommended sequence is for students commencing in Autumn semester. For students commencing in Spring semester, complete 102735 Foundations of Academic English in your first semester and discuss unit selection with an academic course advisor.

Recommended Sequence for students at Bankstown campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship

Level 1 Language unit

Spring session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101956Introduction to International Relations

Level 1 Language unit

And one elective

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101442Asia in the World

Level 1 Language unit

Spring session

102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
101956Introduction to International Relations

Level 1 Language unit

For Years 2 and 3 the following sequence applies for both campuses except where indicated

Year 2

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2 Language unit

Level 2 Language unit (students doing Indonesian will do one unit in Autumn and one in Spring and replace the second language unit with one IRAS Major pool Level 2 or 3 unit).

Bankstown students

101442Asia in the World

Parramatta students

One elective

Spring session

102739Multiliteracies

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Choose one of

One IRAS Major pool Level 2 or 3 unit

One elective unit

Or for Indonesian language students one Level 2 language unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Choose one of

Three electives

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) and two Electives

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Choose one of

Three electives

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) and two Electives

Note: If the Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) has not been previously completed, students are required to complete this unit in their final semester of study.

Note: Students may choose 4 Language units from Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese as part of their electives, and graduate with a Major in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese

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

Recommended Sequence for students at Bankstown campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship

Level 1 Language unit

Spring session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101956Introduction to International Relations

Level 1 Language unit

And one elective

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101442Asia in the World

Level 1 Language unit

Spring session

102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
101956Introduction to International Relations

Level 1 Language unit

For Years 2 and 3 the following sequence applies for both campuses except where indicated.

Year 2

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2 Language unit

Level 2 Language unit (students doing Indonesian will do one unit in Autumn and one in Spring and replace the second language unit with one IRAS Major pool Level 2 or 3 unit)

Bankstown students

101442Asia in the World

Parramatta students

One elective

Spring session

OPTIONAL: Study Abroad semester

OR

101957The Asian Century
102739Multiliteracies

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

One IRAS Major pool Level 2 or 3 unit OR for Indonesian language students one Level 2 unit

Year 3

Autumn session

OPTIONAL: Study Abroad semester

OR

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Choose one of

Three electives

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) and two Electives

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Choose one of

Three electives

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) and two Electives

Note: If the Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) has not been previously completed, students are required to complete this unit in their final semester of study

Note: Students may choose 4 Language units from Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese as part of their electives, and graduate with a Major in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese

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

Recommended Sequence for students at Bankstown campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
101442Asia in the World

Spring session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101956Introduction to International Relations

Choose one of

Level 2 IRAS unit and one elective

Two elective units

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101442Asia in the World

And one elective

Spring session

102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
101956Introduction to International Relations

And one elective

For Years 2 and 3 the following sequence applies for both campuses except where indicated.

Year 2

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Two Level 2/3 Language units

And one elective

Spring session

102739Multiliteracies

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Two Level 2/3 Language units

Year 3

Autumn session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Choose one of

Two electives

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) and one Elective

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Choose one of

Two electives

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) and one Elective

Note: If the Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) has not been previously completed, students are required to complete this unit in their final semester of study.

Note: Students may choose 4 Language units from Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese as part of their electives, and graduate with a Major in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese.

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

Recommended Sequence for students at Bankstown campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
101442Asia in the World

Spring session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101956Introduction to International Relations

Choose one of

Level 2 IRAS unit and one elective

Two elective units

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101442Asia in the World

And one elective

Spring session

102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
101956Introduction to International Relations

And one elective

For Years 2 and 3 the following sequence applies for both campuses except where indicated

Year 2

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Two Level 2/3 Language units

Spring session

Study Abroad semester

Year 3

Autumn session

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Bankstown students

One Level 2 IRAS unit and one elective unit

Or

Two elective units

Parramatta students

Two Level 2/3 IRAS units

Spring session

101957The Asian Century
102739Multiliteracies

Two Level 2/3 Language units

Note: Students may choose 4 Language units from Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese as part of their electives, and graduate with a Major in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese

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

Recommended Sequence for students at Bankstown campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
101442Asia in the World

Spring session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101956Introduction to International Relations

Choose one of

Level 2 IRAS unit and one elective

Two elective units

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102735Foundations of Academic English
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101442Asia in the World

And one elective

Spring Session

102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
101956Introduction to International Relations

And one elective

For Years 2 and 3 the following sequence applies for both campuses except where indicated

Year 2

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Two Level 2/3 Language units

Spring session

102739Multiliteracies

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Two Level 2/3 Language units

Year 3

Autumn session

Study Abroad semester

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Two Levels 2/3 IRAS units

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

Note: Students may choose 4 Language units from Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese as part of their electives, and graduate with a Major in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese.

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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