Bachelor of International Studies

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of International Studies
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 55.60
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 61.15
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

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.


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.

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 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

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

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

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

ALW117Writing for Professional Practice

Level 2

AIS201International Studies @ Work

AIR234Order and Justice in World Politics

At least one of –

AIP230Public Policy in Australia

ASC250Social Research: An Introduction

Level 3

AIS302Developed and Developing Worlds

For students who commenced between 2012 and 2013:

Core units

AIS101Intercultural Communication

ALW117Writing for Professional Practice

AIS201International Studies @ Work

AIS302Developed 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.

Core units

Level 1
Trimester 1

AIR108International Relations

Trimester 2

AIR120Australia and the World

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

AIE255Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics

AIR205The Rise of China

AIR236Global Capitalism and its Discontent *

AIR245American Foreign Policy

Trimester 2

AIR225Global Environmental Politics **

AIR234Order and Justice in World Politics

AIR243International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

AIR244Conflict, Security and Terrorism


Trimester 3

AIR292Study Tour: America and the International System

Level 3

Trimester 1

AIR347Crises and Risk in International Relations

Trimester 2

AIR342Theories of International Relations

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

** AIR225 not offered 2014.  Reoffered 2015 subject to approval.

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

AIS202Study Tour: International and Intercultural Studies

Trimester 3

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.

Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3

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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