Bachelor of International Studies

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of International Studies
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code075375D
Deakin course codeA326

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 areas of Anthropology, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, International Relations, Language and Culture Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics and Policy Studies, and Spanish.

As part of the course you are required to successfully 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, Arabic or Spanish)
  • approved study abroad program or approved study tour (AIS202, AIS203 or other)
  • approved onshore internship with an international organisation (available for AIS330 only).

Read more about student experiences on internship at www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/internships/bis/map/ and http://deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/courses/intstud.php


Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,332Not applicable$23,480

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

For students who commence from 2014:

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of International Studies, a student must successfully complete 24 credit points of study including:

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

Notes:

(i) A major is a group of related units amounting to eight credit points, from a recognised major sequence.

(ii) Students in a combined International Studies course (D338 BIS/B Commerce, or D323 B Laws/BIS) should note that within the 16 credit points required for the Bachelor of International Studies they must complete 6 credit points of core units, and at least 2 credit points of approved international experience. 

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. 

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

For students who commenced between 2012 and 2013:

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of International Studies, a student must complete 24 credit points of study including the four core units plus:

  • a major sequence of 8 credit points in international relations
  • a sub-major of 4 credit points selected from the major sequences listed; and
  • at least 2 credit points of international experience
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education

OR

  • a sub-major of 4 credit points in international relations
  • a major sequence of 8 credit points selected from the major sequences listed; and
  • at least 2 credit points of international experience
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education

Notes:

(i) A major is a group of related units amounting to eight credit points, from a recognised major sequence.

(ii) A sub-major is a group of related units taken over two levels, amounting to four credit points, from a recognised major sequence.

(iii) A sub-major in Language and Cultural Studies - students need to undertake two language units and two contextual units. Contact Student Services for further information.

(iv) Students in a combined International Studies course (D338 BIS/B Commerce, or D323 B Laws/BIS) should note that within the 16 credit points required for the Bachelor of International Studies they must complete 4 credit points of core units, an 8-credit-point major sequence and at least 2 credit points of international experience.

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.
Not all sequences are offered at all locations or Cloud (online) mode, so please check unit availability carefully.

Anthropology
Arabic
Chinese
Indonesian
International Relations
Language and Culture Studies
Middle East Studies
Politics and Policy Studies
Spanish

Course structure

For students who commence from 2014:

Core units (6 credit points)

Level 1

AIS101Intercultural Communication

AIX117Professional Writing for Work

Level 2

AIR234Order and Justice in World Politics

AIS201International Studies @ Work

At least one of:

AIP230Understanding Public Policy

ASC250Contemporary Social Research

Level 3

AIS302Developed and Developing Worlds

 

For students who commenced between 2012 and 2013:

Core units

AIS101Intercultural Communication

AIS201International Studies @ Work

AIS302Developed and Developing Worlds

AIX117Professional Writing for Work

International Relations major sequence

(Unit set code MJ-A000018)

Students are required to complete either a major (8 credit points) or a sub-major (4 credit points) in International Relations from the units listed below.

Level 1

AIR108International Relations

AIR120Australia and the World

All students must take AIR242 plus a further 5 credit points, ensuring at least 2 credit points are undertaken at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3 from the following:

Level 2

AIE255Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics

AIR205The Rise of China

AIR234Order and Justice in World Politics

AIR236Controversies in Global Capitalism *

AIR242Theories of International Relations (Core unit)

AIR243International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

AIR244Conflict, Security and Terrorism

AIR292Study Tour: America and the International System

AIS202Study Tour: International and Intercultural Studies

AIS203Study Tour: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture

 Level 3

AIR345American Foreign Policy

AIR348Beyond Borders: Transnational Activism in World Politics

AIR349Transnational Diplomacy and Policy

* AIR236 is offered via cloud (online) teaching mode only - there will be no face to face teaching.


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). 

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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