Why study the Bachelor of International Studies

The Bachelor of International Studies is a three-year (or part-time equivalent ) degree program which provides students with an interdisciplinary core of courses which provide grounding in the cultural and communicative aspects of globalisation and the world system. Each student completes a major in a language other than English from the wide range of languages taught at UQ and another major with strong international relevance.

Summary

  • Program code
    2316
  • 707111
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 English or equivalent.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of International Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of International Studies. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of International Studies have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of International Studies.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Chinese

Learning Chinese at UQ opens a window to understanding Chinese culture and the Chinese way of life. A rapidly changing society with a history dating back to the 17th Century BC, China is also a multiethnic society consisting of 56 ethnic groups with a rich heritage of cultural diversity. In recent decades China has played an increasingly active and significant role in world culture, economy, and politics. The Chinese language is a key to understanding the redistribution of power in the Asia-Pacific region. There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects. You can undertake specialist courses in literature, culture, translation, business and language teaching.

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

The major provides students with knowledge of:

  1. The key issues in English>Chinese and Chinese>English translation, based on to the generic NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) paraprofessional credential.
  2. The key issues in English>Mandarin and Mandarin>English interpreting, based on the generic NAATI paraprofessional credential.
  3. The influence of source and target culture on the translation and interpreting of written and spoken texts between English and Chinese.
  4. The influence of text genre on the translation and interpreting of written and spoken texts between English and Chinese.
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  6. The key issues in translation and interpreting ethics, as defined by NAATI.
  7. The essential foundations of language and intercultural communication.

Economics

Economics is the science of decision making. As individuals, communities, companies and governments, we face choices every day, weighing up the costs and benefits of our decisions. With the ongoing momentum of globalisation, development, economic/financial/cultural integration and increasing pressure for ecological sustainability, economics remains the key element. Economics determines much of today's social and political landscape, and students trained in this field are exceptionally well-positioned to play a leading part in the future direction of business, government and society.

French

The French language is still today one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is estimated that it is used by 77 million people as their first language and that it is spoken by a total of 128 million people. In this major you will study both French language and culture concurrently. Whether you wish to study French because it is one of the major diplomatic languages of the world; or simply because it is the language of love; you will need to understand something about French and Francophone culture. You are able to study French without any prior knowledge or having done French at high school.

German

German is one of the most widely spoken languages on earth, and a major community language in Australia. The German-speaking countries lie at the heart of Europe, and Australia welcomes tens of thousands of tourists from those countries every year. Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world, and is a leader in many areas of technology and culture. German language skills are an asset in many careers, including international relations, international business, tourism, interpreting/translation, teaching and the sciences. Whether you have studied German at high school or never studied it at all, it is possible for you to study German at UQ.

Indonesian

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, the fourth most populous and largest Muslim majority nation. With more than 300 million speakers, Indonesian is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. The Indonesian major covers Indonesian history, politics, culture and society are offered through the Indonesian studies major. Indonesian is also commonly studied together with majors in Asian Studies, International Relations, Business, Law and Development. In the federal governments 2012 White Paper on `Australia in the Asian Century', Indonesian was identified as one of the crucial language skills areas for development. Indonesian at UQ is available for beginning, immediate and advanced students.

International History

The aim of the Major in International History is to equip students with a thorough understanding of the historical foundations of the modern world. Geographically courses in the Major cover Europe, Britain, the Middle East, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Introductory courses deal with the medieval and earlier modern periods while the majority of courses focus on the modern era from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. Students will develop skills in the handling and intepretation of primary and secondary sources as well as gain a grasp of the main theoretical and methodological debates in modern historiography. In upper-level courses students are trained as professional historians with the ability to deliver an historical product to a broad audience

International Inequality and Development

This major introduces students to the relationship between global development and inequality. The courses in this major cover key issues, concepts and approaches to global development and poverty. Students are introduced to the historical as well as contemporary contexts of struggles over development and questions of inequality as well as to a range of important issues including the roles of different actors and agencies in development, ranging from international institutions to community levels groups. The major is designed to offer a solid account of how global and local development processes interact in development as well as the experiences they engender. Overall, students specializing in this major will gain a fairly comprehensive account of the complex and interdisciplinary nature of global development and inequality. At the same time, they will be able to assess and evaluate the various challenges and opportunities in development in an age of globalisation.

International Relations

Studies in International Relations equip you with the necessary theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues both domestically and internationally. They are designed to introduce you to the significant trends shaping the world around you, to train you in ways to conceptualise and help you make sense of and situate current events in the proper analytical, historical and global context. Students are encouraged to incorporate such training into the development of practical skills designed to enhance professional opportunities. In an era of unprecedented social and political upheaval the study of international politics and all it encompasses is highly relevant.

Italian

It has never been easier to study Italian for your degree at UQ. You can study Italian language & culture as a cross-institutional student through Griffith University. Applying is as easy as completing an online application form. Italian is Australia's major language after English and the language of an important member state of the European Union. Studying Italian will give you knowledge of a culture which has strongly influenced the art, music, architecture and literature of Europe & Australia. The major includes language courses from beginner to advanced levels as well as content-based courses (mostly delivered in Italian) exploring contemporary society, cinema, media, music, literature, politics, popular culture and food culture. The student-centred teaching approach promotes not only the development of linguistic and cultural competences but also personal language learning strategies, reflective independent learning and research-based learning. You will explore Italian though new communication technologies - such as blogs, wikis and mobile phones as well as in face-to-face meetings with native speakers. Past students have gone on to establish careers in a variety of fields, from education, law, migration services & business.

Japanese

Japanese is a key world language used to facilitate economic pursuits, research and government interaction. It is particularly useful if you are seeking a career in business, tourism, technology, the media, art, literature or education. Learning to use Japanese broadens the scope of your personal, social and professional networks giving you the potential to travel, live and work in Japan and to engage with speakers of Japanese in Australia, Japan and elsewhere. More than 20 exchange programs with prestigious Japanese universities are available to allow students to advance their linguistic skills and cultural understanding through in-country experience.

Korean

Students who study and use the Korean language will gain a profound appreciation of different ways of thinking, a diverse history and rich cultural traditions. Students will experience contemporary Korean popular culture such as films and TV drama. Korean skills give you a competitive edge in the job market, for example in law, business, tourism, teaching, finance, diplomacy, journalism, science, information technology, manufacturing, and any area with an international focus. Presently in Korea there are many English teaching positions available, from kindergarten to university level.

Peace and Conflict Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies are assuming increasing importance both internationally and within nations as governments and non-government organisations struggle to find ways of resolving conflicts without recourse to violence. Peace and Conflict Studies examine a number of social and political issues including international conflict, peacekeeping, indigenous politics, ethics and justice and development politics. The objective of the this major is to provide you with an understanding of the causes of political conflict and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions to them. This requires development of diagnostic tools for the analysis of social and political situations, a capacity to engage in and understand the evaluation of alternative courses of action and political analysis skills.

Russian

With almost 200 million native speakers in Europe and Asia, Russian is truly an international language and at the same time a gateway to one of the world's great cultures. Your major will combine a comprehensive language acquisition program from beginners' level with studies in many other aspects of the Russians' world. Learning to understand how the Russian State has expanded and Russian society has evolved over the centuries or developing an appreciation of Russian literature, drama or film not only gives you insights into the wider context within which the language is used, but also encourages you to look beyond the stereotypes and clichés that often characterise our notions of other nations.

Spanish

Spanish is the first language of more than 400 million people and the second language of millions more in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Asia and North Africa. Spanish is an official language in international bodies such as the United Nations and World Bank. With Australia's increased exposure to the world economy and competitive labour market, being fluent in a world language like Spanish will give you highly employable communication skills. There is also a strong tradition in the areas of Spanish and Latin American literature and culture, which this major will explore.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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