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  • Objectives
    The course aims to provide a wide choice of studies related to international relations, foreign policy, foreign societies and cultures, politics and government around the world, global history and the role of international organisations and movements. Students are encouraged - but not required - to undertake foreign language studies to complement the social science orientation of the rest of the International Studies course. Opportunities for elective study are also built into the course. The course aims to produce graduates with employment-related skills and with knowledge of the international developments which will shape the world and Australia's place in it. The course aims to produce graduates who have acquired an understanding of: * the political, social, economic and cultural relationships within the international system; * foreign policy, diplomacy and other modes of interaction between the countries of the world; * Australia's place within the Asia-Pacific region and the world; * the significance of foreign societies, cultures and systems of government; * the international movement of people, as immigrants, refugees, workers, students, tourists and investors; * the globalisation of the world economy; * languages other than English, for students who wish to undertake them. Learning outcomes Bachelor of International Studies graduates should be able to: * contribute to the formulation, implementation and evaluation processes within specific specialist areas of international relations, foreign policy, studies of other countries, societies and governments, and languages; * apply their professional knowledge to the formulation of policies, the provision of policy advice, the preparation of political analyses, the undertaking of policy research, and the evaluation of programs; * apply skills relating to information processing, archival research, documentary and data interpretation, bibliographic compilation, normative evaluation and other related analytical and research techniques; * communicate in a professional manner through analytical professional reports and effective verbal presentations; * be well equipped for graduate-entry employment positions, especially within the public and non-profit sectors.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students Prerequisites: None You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. International Students English language requirements
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of International Studies
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of International Studies is a specialist program developed to give you a broad understanding of:

        * the political, social, economic and cultural relationships within the international system
        * foreign policy, diplomacy and other modes of interaction between the countries of the world
        * Australia's place within the Asia-Pacific region and the world
        * the significance of foreign societies, cultures and systems of government
        * the international movement of people as immigrants, refugees, workers, students, tourists and investors
        * the role of international organisations
        * the globalisation of the world economy.

    The course is extremely flexible, combining a series of core topics in International Relations with 2 major sequences of your choice, including Asian Studies, American Studies, Development Studies and International Relations.      

    It also provides internship and international exchange opportunities.
    What will I study?

    Refer to the program of study.
    Majors

        * Asian Studies
        * American Studies
        * Development Studies
        * International Relations

    What is International Studies?

    International Studies is the contemporary and historical understanding of global societies, cultures, languages and systems of government and of the complex relationships between them that shape the world we live in.
    Why study International Studies at Flinders?

    * The Bachelor of International Studies is offered through the School of Political and International Studies and draws on a broad range of recognised expertise at Flinders. The Flinders Asia Centre and Centre for Development Studies are dedicated research and teaching centres and our American Studies program - the only one offered in South Australia - is one of the best in the Asia Pacific Region.
       
    * Our staff specialise in a range of domestic and international policy areas including the environment, housing, immigration, economics, indigenous affairs, foreign affairs, urban development, welfare and education policy.
       
    * We have particular strengths in international relations and in comparative government and politics - the study of the political institutions, political behaviour, political sociology, and political economy in different societies, countries and regions.
       
    * Our combined expertise contributes to the work of Flinders International Asia Pacific Institute, one of the University's flagship institutes. This multi-disciplinary group examines issues that impact on security and wellbeing in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. It offers research and consulting expertise across a range of contemporary and future trans-national policy, security and risk issues and is developing marketable applications of its research, appropriate to the needs of industry, government and communities.

    Combined degree options
    Combine with
        
    Duration (full-time equivalent)
    Bachelor of Business
        4 years
    Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting),
    Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)     4 years
    Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice
        5.5 - 6 years

    Refer to International studies combined degrees for further information.
    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of International Studies degree?  
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of one extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

    The Bachelor of International Studies requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours program an additional year (or the equivalent part-time).

    The course is offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

    Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

    The Bachelor of International Studies may also be studied in a combined degrees program with:

        * Bachelor of Business (four years full-time or equivalent).
        * Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) (four years full-time or equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (five-and-a-half years full-time or equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Laws (five years full-time or equivalent)

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of International Studies a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic. This must include:

        * six compulsory core topics;
        * 9 units of other International Studies First Year topics;
        * two major sequences of 33 units selected from the options listed below.

    To complete 108 units, other topics may be selected from any offered by the University provided entry and course requirements are met and that at least 27 units, but no more than 45 units, of First Year topics are included. In some cases these topics may be grouped to form a minor sequence (comprising 9 units at First Year and 12 units at Second Year).

    With the permission of the Faculty Board, up to 54 units of topics may be taken at another approved institution by cross-institutional enrolment.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    The Board may approve substitute topics if a student is unable to undertake particular core topics while studying overseas on a program supported by the course management committee.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

    Core Topics
        

    (a)

    POLI1003
        

    Australian Politics: A Comparative Study
        

    4.5

    INTR1006
        

    International Relations: An Introduction
        

    4.5

    INTR1007
        

    Australia and the World
        

    4.5
        

    (b)
        

    Two of the following:

    INTR2004
        

    Peace and War
        

    6

    INTR2024
        

    The Modern International System
        

    6

    INTR2044
        

    Political Economy of the Asia-Pacific Region
        

    6
        

    (c)

    INST3001
        

    Perspectives in International Studies
        

    6

    INTERNATIONAL STUDIES FIRST YEAR TOPICS

    Students select at least 9 units from the following:

    AMST1001
        

    American Popular Culture
        

    4.5

    AMST1002
        

    America and the World: The United States in a Global Context
        

    4.5

    ASST1001
        

    Discovering Asia
        

    4.5

    ASST1002
        

    Modern Asia: Economy, Society and Politics
        

    4.5

    ASST1004
        

    Southeast Asia in World History
        

    4.5

    ASST1101
        

    Indonesian, Introductory, Part 1
        

    4.5

    ASST1102
        

    Indonesian, Introductory, Part 2
        

    4.5

    ASST1201
        

    Indonesian, Introductory A, Part 1
        

    4.5

    ASST1202
        

    Indonesian, Introductory A, Part 2
        

    4.5

    ASST1301
        

    Indonesian for Background Speakers, Part 1
        

    4.5

    ASST1302
        

    Indonesian for Background Speakers, Part 2
        

    4.5

    DVST1001
        

    The Political Economy of International Development
        

    4.5

    DVST1002
        

    Culture and Development
        

    4.5

    FREN1121
        

    French 1, Part 1
        

    4.5

    FREN1122
        

    French 1, Part 2
        

    4.5

    GLOB1001
        

    Introduction to Globalisation
        

    4.5

    GLOB1002
        

    Making Globalisation
        

    4.5

    HIST1702
        

    New World Nations, 1800-1918
        

    4.5

    HIST1703
        

    Turning Points in World History
        

    4.5

    HIST1704
        

    History's Killing Fields
        

    4.5

    HIST1801
        

    Modern Europe, 1900-1945
        

    4.5

    HIST1802
        

    Europe, 1945 to the Present
        

    4.5

    INTR1010
        

    The Middle East: From the Rebirth of Zionism to the Iraq War
        

    4.5

    ITAL1121
        

    Italian 1, Part 1
        

    4.5

    ITAL1122
        

    Italian 1, Part 2
        

    4.5

    LAMS1001
        

    Introduction to Latin American Studies
        

    4.5

    MGRE1121
        

    Modern Greek, Part 1
        

    4.5

    MGRE1122
        

    Modern Greek, Part 2
        

    4.5

    POLI1004
        

    Modern Political Thought
        

    4.5

    POLI1005
        

    Australian Politics: Aboriginal Issues and Immigration
        

    4.5

    POLI1008
        

    Politics Through Film
        

    4.5

    POLI1009
        

    Government, Business and Society
        

    4.5

    SPAN1121
        

    Spanish 1, Part 1
        

    4.5

    SPAN1122
        

    Spanish 1, Part 2
        

    4.5
        

    First Year topics from any other recognised university-level studies in any foreign language

    MAJOR SEQUENCE OPTIONS

    Students select two of the following sequences, at least one of which must be from Group 1 (which includes the Globalisation Program).

    The programs of study for major sequences in Groups 1 and 2 can be found in the Bachelor of Arts entry.

        * Group 1:
          American Studies; Asian Studies; Development Studies; Globalisation; History; International Relations; Latin American Studies; Politics
        * Group 2:
          French; Indonesian; Italian; Modern Greek; Spanish
        * Group 3:
          Chinese, German and Japanese are taught at University of Adelaide. These language majors are recognised in the Bachelor of International Studies. Any other recognised university-level sequence in any foreign language approved by the Director of Studies.

    HONOURS DEGREE

    A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of International Studies, or another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree providing a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements for the bachelors degree.

    Honours programs may be undertaken in the following disciplines with program details in the Bachelor of Arts entry: American Studies; Asian Studies; Development Studies; French; History; Indonesian; International Relations; Italian; Latin American Studies; Modern Greek; Politics and Spanish.

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