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Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Social Science

Approved Abbreviation: BIntlSt/BSocSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1807.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 086124K


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 2015 to 2019 - 1807.1 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Social Science

The Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Social Science degree is a broadly based, inter-disciplinary four-year double degree offering flexibility and choice within a wide range of offerings in the social sciences, as well as studies of International Relations and Asian Studies and an Asian language. The degree seeks to equip all students with the interdisciplinary and specialist skills and knowledge that a new graduate would need on entering the workforce or on proceeding to advanced study. Students choose a major from the social sciences; a major in International Relations and Asian Studies, and a sub-major in an Asian language. The double degree provides a wide base for understanding issues in the complex, culturally diverse and ever-changing social and international environment of the 21st century both in Australia and Asia.

Students in this double degree also have the opportunity to complete a semester of study overseas and receive advanced standing towards their BA majors and sub majors subject to WSU limits on advanced standing. Students are encouraged to do so but must discuss this with a BA course advisor first.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Dianne Dickenson

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight 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

Admission

Two units of HSC English OR IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest.

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 the University via the International 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 320 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Students must also complete the International Relations and Asian Studies major, a sub-major in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese language and a Social Science major.

B Arts core units

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

B Social Science core units

101552Applied Social Research
101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102170People, Place and Social Difference
400337Social Research Methods
101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society
101900Working with Communities

Major - International Relations and Asian Studies (IRAS)

M1055International Relations and Asian Studies

Sub-majors

Note: The following sub-majors have inherent requirements, SM1078 - Chinese, & SM1080 - Japanese, Please see the link below:

Inherent requirements

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1112Indonesian
SM1080Japanese

Students 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

Social Science majors

M1097Anthropology
M1079Child and Community
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M1077Heritage and Tourism
M1083Peace and Development Studies
M1073Sociology

Students should seek academic course advice as the Social Science major units are all compulsory and only available in particular semesters.

Recommended Sequence

The recommended sequence below applies to students at Level 1 Language. 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.

Recommended Sequence for students at Bankstown campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102735Foundations of Academic English
101551Understanding Society
101557The Individual in Society

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
101956Introduction to International Relations

Year 2

Autumn session

101442Asia in the World
400337Social Research Methods
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Level 1 Language unit

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences

Level 1 Language unit

Level 1 Social Science Major unit

Level 1 Social Science Major unit Or Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Year 3

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2 Language unit

Level 2 Language unit*

Level 1 Social Science Major unit Or Level 2/3 Social Science major 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 2/3 unit

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit Or Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Year 4

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit Or Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit Or Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Recommended Sequence for students at Parramatta campus

Year 1

Autumn session

102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102735Foundations of Academic English
101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101900Working with Communities
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship

Year 2

Autumn session

101442Asia in the World
400337Social Research Methods

Level 1 Language unit

Level 1 Social Science Major unit

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
101956Introduction to International Relations

Level 1 Language unit

Level 1 Social Science Major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Level 2 Language unit

Level 2 Language unit*

Level 2/3 Social Science Major 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 2/3 unit

Spring session

101957The Asian Century

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit Or Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Year 4

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit Or Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

Level 2/3 IRAS unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit

Level 2/3 Social Science Major unit Or Level 2/3 IRAS unit



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