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Bachelor of International Studies

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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

Note: New course version from 2012.

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 or Arabic [Spanish from 2016])
  • 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

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Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Course structure

For students who commence from 2014:

 

Core units (6 credit points)

Level 1

AIS101 Intercultural Communication  

ALW117 Professional Writing for Work  

 

Level 2

AIS201 International Studies @ Work  

AIR234 Order and Justice in World Politics  

 

At least one of –

AIP230 Public Policy in Australia  

ASC250 Social Research: An Introduction  

 

Level 3

AIS302 Developed and Developing Worlds  

 

 

 

For students who commenced between 2012 and 2013:

 

Core units

AIS101 Intercultural Communication  

ALW117 Professional Writing for Work  

AIS201 International Studies @ Work  

AIS302 Developed and Developing Worlds  

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
Trimester 1

AIR108 International Relations  

 

Trimester 2

AIR120 Australia 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
Trimester 1

AIE255 Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics  

AIR205 The Rise of China  

AIR236 Controversies in Global Capitalism  *

 

Trimester 2

AIR242 Theories of International Relations  (Core unit)

AIR234 Order and Justice in World Politics  

AIR243 International Relations of the Asia-Pacific  

AIR244 Conflict, Security and Terrorism  

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

AIR345 American Foreign Policy  

AIR348 Beyond Borders: Transnational Activism in World Politics  


Trimester 2

AIR349 Transnational Diplomacy and Policy  

* AIR236 is offered via cloud (online) teaching mode only - there will be no face to face teaching and this unit is also offered in trimester 3.

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).

Trimester 2

AIS202 Unit description is currently unavailable  

 

Trimester 3

AIS203 Study 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.


Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3

AIS330 International Internship A  (2 credit points)

or
AIS331 International 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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