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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)
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 59.50
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: 63.45
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 63.45
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 Arabic, Chinese,  Indonesian, International Relations, Middle East Studies and Politics and Policy Studies.

 

As part of the course you are required to successfully take part in one of the following international study experiences:

  • 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 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

Pathways

This course has pathways from more than 20 Institutes of TAFE and universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Credit transfer and recognition is normally available from TAFE and university diplomas and advanced diplomas in arts, business, management, and humanities disciplines.  Students with graded advanced diplomas from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 12 credit points of electives.  Students with graded diplomas or equivalent from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 8 credit points of electives.  There is also a pathway from Deakin University's Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences to this course with up to 16 credit points depending on units taken.

On completion of this course you may choose to apply for an Honours degree or postgraduate study. These studies normally provide professional qualifications directed to a particular career.  Students must have completed a major in the discipline or interdisciplinary area in which they wish to specialise in the honours course. Entry is based on a number of factors, including an average grade of Distinction or High Distinction in the Bachelor of Arts particularly in the discipline in which they want to study Honours and the availability of supervision.  Further honours information.

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Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Writing for Professional Practice 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

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of International Studies, a student must successfully complete 24 credit points of study including a major or a sub-major in international relations, an international study experience, and other requirements as follows.

 

For students commencing from 2012:

 

  • 4 core units
  • a major or sub-major in international relations;
  • an international study experience, and

other requirements as follows:

  • a major sequence of 8 credit points in international relations;
  • a sub-major of 4 credit points selected from the major sequences listed; and
  • an approved international study experience (2 or 4 credit points)

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  • a sub-major of 4 credit points in international relations;
  • a major sequence of 8 credit points selected from the major sequences listed below; and
  • an approved international study experience (2 or 4 credit points) 

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 Support 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 an approved international study experience (2 to 4 credit points). It is envisaged that students would complete the overseas experience in the third or fourth year of their course.

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Major sequences

Not all sequences are offered at all campuses or off campus, so please check unit availability carefully.

Arabic (B, G, X)
Chinese (B, G)
Indonesian (B, G, X)
International Relations (B, G, X)

Language and Culture Studies (B, G, X)

Middle East Studies (B, G, X)
Politics and Policy Studies (B, G, W, X)

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Course structure

For students commencing from 2012:

 

Core units

AIS101 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ALW117 Unit description is currently unavailable   

AIS201 Unit description is currently unavailable   

AIS302 Unit description is currently unavailable   

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.

 

Core units

Level 1
Trimester 1

AIR108 Unit description is currently unavailable   

 

Trimester 2

AIR120 Unit description is currently unavailable   


Select a further 6 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 Unit description is currently unavailable   

AIR205 Unit description is currently unavailable   

AIR236 Unit description is currently unavailable   *

AIR245 Unit description is currently unavailable   

 

Trimester 2

AIR225 Unit description is currently unavailable   **

AIR234 Unit description is currently unavailable   

AIR243 Unit description is currently unavailable   

AIR244 Unit description is currently unavailable   

 

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

AIR347 Unit description is currently unavailable   


Trimester 2

AIR342 Unit description is currently unavailable   


* AIR236 is offered in the wholly online teaching mode only - there will be no face to face teaching). AIR236 also offered in trimester 3.

** AIR225 is not offered 2013, re-offered 2014.

International Study Experience

Students are expected to take part successfully in one of the following international study experiences:

  • 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 or other)
  • approved onshore internship with an international organisation (available for AIS330 only).

Trimester 3

AIS202 Unit description is currently unavailable   

 

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 Unit description is currently unavailable   (2 credit points)

or
AIS331 Unit description is currently unavailable   (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 Support 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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