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Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholars)

Approved Abbreviation: BIntlSt(DeansSchol)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1739.4

AQF Level: 7

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.

For Commencement Year Spring 2018 to 2019 - please refer to 1739.3 Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholars)

For Commencement Year 2017 - please refer to 1739.2 Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholars)

For Commencement Year 2015 and 2016 - please refer to 1739.1 Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholars)

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 (Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese). The course provides for one semester study abroad during three years of full-time study.

This degree is exclusively for high-achieving students, and will continually challenge you to do even better and build on your academic success. Students in the Dean’s Scholars program are automatically enrolled in The Academy at Western Sydney University, which offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, professional development and local and international internship and engagement opportunities for students.

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.

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

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

ATAR score of at least 90 required.

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 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/

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 including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

All students must enrol in and complete the 40 credit points of the Bachelor of Arts Level 1 core units plus 20 credit points from the Engaged Learning pool consisting of Level 3 units.

Level 1 Core units (40 credit points)

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

Bachelor of Arts Engaged Learning pool Level 3 units

Choose 20 credit points from

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

Students must also complete units in the following, as per the chosen course structure

  • Major - International Relations and Asian Studies
  • Sub-major in language other than English (see Sub-majors listed below)
  • Plus 60 credit points of elective units

Major - International Relations and Asian Studies

M1055International Relations and Asian Studies

Sub-majors

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

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

Bankstown campus

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1128Immersion Language
SM1112Indonesian
SM1080Japanese

Parramatta campus

SM1078Chinese
SM1128Immersion Language
SM1080Japanese

Students may complete the Immersion Language sub-major which covers languages that are not taught at Western Sydney University. The handbook entry for SM1128 Immersion Language contains further details.

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

Inherent Requirements

Recommended Sequence

The following recommended sequence is for students beginning in Autumn semester. For students beginning in Spring semester, the first year sequence needs to be slightly changed and you will need to complete 102735 Foundations of Academic English in your first semester.

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

Recommended Sequence for students at Bankstown campus

Year 1

Autumn session

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

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

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

Level 1 Language unit

Spring session

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

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

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

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

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) OR one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

And two electives

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) OR one elective

And two electives

Note: Students are required to have completed the two Engaged Learning Pool (Level 3) units by the end of 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

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

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

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

Level 1 Language unit

Spring session

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

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

Two Level 2/3 IRAS units

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Study Abroad semester

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Two Level 2/3 IRAS units

Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3) Or one elective

Note: Students are required to have completed the two Engaged Learning Pool (Level 3) units by the end of 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

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

Spring session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101956Introduction to International Relations

Level 2 IRAS unit and one elective OR two elective units

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

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

And one elective

Spring session

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

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

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Two Level 2/3 Language units

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

Year 3

Autumn session

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

And one elective

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

And two electives

Note: Students are required to have completed the two Engaged Learning Pool (Level 3) units by the end of 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

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

Spring session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101956Introduction to International Relations

Level 2 IRAS unit and one elective OR two elective units

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

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

And one elective

Spring session

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

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

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 IRAS unit or one elective

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

And one elective

Note: Students are required to have completed the two Engaged Learning Pool (Level 3) units by the end of 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 3 Study Abroad Semester Option

Recommended Sequence for students at Bankstown campus

Year 1

Autumn session

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

Spring session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101956Introduction to International Relations

Level 2 IRAS unit and one elective OR two elective units

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

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

And one elective

Spring session

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

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

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Two Level 2/3 Language units

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

Year 3

Autumn session

Study Abroad semester

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Two Level 2/3 IRAS units

One Engaged Learning Pool unit (Level 3)

Note: Students are required to have completed the two Engaged Learning Pool (Level 3) units by the end of 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

Sub-major Elective Spaces

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

Search for sub-majors

Students in Advanced courses may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Applied Leadership or Critical Thinking.

SM3082.1 Applied Leadership

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

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

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

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

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