Bachelor of International Studies

Course summary for current students

Year

2017 course information

Award granted Bachelor of International Studies
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeA326
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of International Studies is a course for students seeking an international orientation, with a commitment to a period of study at an overseas university, internship at an international organisation or participation in an in-country language program.

You will learn a range of skills in analysis and interpretation of the international forces shaping government, business and community life in contemporary Australia. You will also develop a systematic understanding of other countries and societies, as well as cross-cultural competencies, through an internationally oriented curriculum.

You can study major sequences in Anthropology, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, International Relations, Language and Culture Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics and Policy Studies or Spanish.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Review, analyse and interpret international forces shaping government, business and community life in Australia and in other countries pertaining to cross-cultural communication and interactions; knowledge and skills transferability; the principles of personal and professional development and their application; and working in diverse organisational contexts, and respond to these issues in a theoretically-informed and contextually-appropriate manner drawing upon both scholarship and practice.  

Communication

Effectively communicate ideas, arguments and analyses of cross-cultural communication, knowledge and skill transferability, personal and professional development and diverse organisational contexts in a selection of written, digital and oral formats to a range of audiences including practitioners working in the area of International Studies.  

Digital literacy

Employ a range of digital technologies and platforms appropriately to conduct research, engage in discussion and debate, document personal and professional skills and attributes, communicate effectively with and deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of audiences within and outside the field of International Studies.  

Critical thinking

Analyse and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to issues in International Studies pertaining to cross-cultural communication, knowledge transferability, personal and professional development and working in diverse organisational contexts and demonstrate the appropriate application of theoretical knowledge in different cultural and organisational settings.  

Problem solving

Employ initiative and creativity in conjunction with appropriate Social Science methods of research and analysis including self-reflection to systematically investigate and generate context-sensitive and pragmatic solutions to complex real-world problems pertaining to cross-cultural communication, knowledge transferability, personal and professional development and diverse organisational contexts.  

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a sustained and ongoing commitment to learning and skill development as a reflective practitioner in the area of International Studies and its communities of practice and scholarship.  

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with others in the field of International Studies and from other disciplines and backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for their own learning.  

Global citizenship

Analyse and respond appropriately to issues of cross-cultural communication and the transferability of knowledge and skills in different geographic, knowledge and organisational contexts as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and adherence to professional and academic ethical standards.  

Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

 

Course rules

Student must successfully complete 24 credit points of study including:

  • 6 core units
  • a major selected from the major sequences listed below
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • at least 2 credit points of approved international experience such as: 

- trimester of study at an overseas university exchange partner

- international internship (AIS330) or (AIS331)

- in-country language program (in Chinese, Indonesian or Arabic)

- approved study abroad program or approved study tour (AIS202), (AIS203), (AIR292) or other

- approved onshore internship with an international organisation (available for (AIS330) only)

- 2 credit points of consecutive language units other than an in-country language program (AIB151 & AIB152; AIB251 & AIB252; AIC181 & AIC182; AIC281 & AIC282; AIC283 & AIC284; AIF146 & AIF142; AIF241 & AIF242; AIF341 & AIF342; AIF145; ALS100 & ALS150; ALS200 & ALS250) can be taken to achieve one credit point of the international experience requirement

Notes:

(i) Students enrolled in D338 or D323 are not able to accommodate AIS331 International Internship B (4 credit points) within the 16 credit points allocated to the Bachelor of International Studies. However, AIS330 International Internship A (2 credit point) placements can be for up to 12 weeks if desired. Please contact the Unit Chair for further information. 

(ii) It is envisaged that students would complete the international experience in the third or fourth year of their course. 

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

Course structure

Core units

AIS101Intercultural Communication

AIS201International Studies @ Work

AIR234Order and Justice in World Politics

AIX117Professional Writing for Work

And one unit from

AIP230Understanding Public Policy

OR

ASC250Contemporary Social Research

 

And one unit from

AIS302Developed and Developing Worlds [Final year of offer 2017]

OR

AIS303International Studies Capstone Portfolio

International Experience

All students must complete at least 2 credit points of international experience, selected from one or more of the following:  

  • trimester of study at an overseas university exchange partner
  • international internship (AIS330 or AIS331)
  • in-country language program (in Chinese, Indonesian or Arabic)
  • approved study abroad program or approved study tour (AIS202, AIS203 or other)
  • approved onshore internship with an international organisation (available for AIS330 only). 
  • 2 credit points of consecutive language units other than an in-country language program can be taken to achieve one credit point of the international experience requirement

AIS202Study Tour: International and Intercultural Studies

AIS203Study Tour: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture

Further information on the international student experience and on previous students' overseas internships is available at: www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/internships/bis/map

Students seeking to undertake an internship will enrol in the appropriate unit (either AIS330 or AIS331) once the Unit Chair has approved their planned placement.

AIS330International Internship A (2 credit points)

or

AIS331International Internship B (4 credit points)

AIS330, AIS331 - Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. Interested students should contact Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries on their campus for further information.

For further information regarding the in-country language programs, refer to the major sequences in Indonesian, Chinese and Arabic.

 

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