Bachelor of International and Global Studies

Bachelor of International and Global Studies

"In today’s fast-changing global economy, the most successful enterprises aren’t looking for workers who know a lot about only one thing. They are seeking employees who are nimble, curious and innovative. The work done by lower-level accountants, computer programmers, engineers, lawyers and financial analysts is already being outsourced to India and the Philippines; soon it will be done by computers. The good jobs of the future will go to those who can collaborate widely, think broadly and challenge conventional wisdom - precisely the capacities that a liberal arts education is meant to develop."

Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post
Forcing college kids to ignore the liberal arts won't help them in a competitive economy.

Three years full-time / Six years part-time

The world is changing at an unprecedented pace as the forces of globalisation break down international borders and encourage cooperation and trade across many aspects of life – a more interconnected approach. Our Bachelor of International and Global Studies degree focuses on study of the underlying processes driving this phenomenon, including travel, communication technology, political and economic currents, and globalising markets, and the way these processes constantly evolve and interrelate.

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of International and Global Studies majoring in History and Modern Hebrew

This study has completed a major in history as their compulsory Bachelor of International and Global Studies major, and extended the compulsory language acquisition component into a full major in Modern Hebrew.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 HSTY1045
Junior Unit/Table A
Modern European History 1750-1914
RLST1002
Junior Unit/Table A
A History of God, Deities and Demons
HBRW1011
Junior Unit/Table A
Hebrew Modern B1
INGS1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Power and Money in Global Society
24
S2 HSTY1044
Junior Unit/Table A
Twentieth-Century Europe
RLST1005
Junior Unit/Table A
Atheism, Fundamentalism and New Religions
HBRW1102
Junior Unit/Table A
Hebrew Modern B2
INGS1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Global Culture and Society
24
2nd Year S1 HSTY2607
Senior Unit/Table A
Approaches to the Arab Israeli Conflict
HSTY2626
Senior Unit/Table A
Fascism and Antifascism
HBRW2603
Senior Unit/Table A
Hebrew Modern
INGS2601
Senior Unit/Table A
Transnational Spaces and Networks
24
S2 HSTY2605
Senior Unit/Table A
Contemporary Europe
JCTC2606
Senior Unit/Table A
The Holocaust: History and Aftermath
JCTC2604
Senior Unit/Table A
From Expulsion to Regeneration
HBRW2604
Senior Unit/Table A
Hebrew Modern 4
24
3rd Year S1 Semester of Study on Exchange 24
S2 HSTY2652
Senior Unit/Table A
Genocide in Historical Perspective
HSTY3903
Senior Unit/Table A
History and Historians
HBRW3610
Senior Unit/Table A
Advanced Hebrew Modern 7
INGS3601
Senior Unit/Table A
Current Global Issues
24
            144
      Study while on Exchange History Major Modern Hebrew major  
        Compulsory INGS units Breadth  

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of International and Global Studies majoring in Government and International Relations

This student has completed a major in Government and International Relations as their compulsory Bachelor of International and Global Studies major, and Indonesian for their compulsory language acquisition component. In addition to their compulsory core units, they also have space in their degree to pursue electives in History, Asian Studies and Philosophy.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 GOVT1101
Junior Unit/Table A
Australian Politics
HSTY1076
Junior Unit/Table A
American History from Lincoln to Obama
INMS1101
Junior Unit/Table A
Indonesian 1A
INGS1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Power and Money in Global Society
24
S2 GOVT1104
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Political Science
HSTY1090
Junior Unit/Table A
The Chinese World
INMS1102
Junior Unit/Table A
Indonesian 1B
INGS1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Global Culture and Society
24
2nd Year S1 GOVT2119
Senior Unit/Table A
Southeast Asia: Dilemmas of Development
HSTY2606
Senior Unit/Table A
China in the Nineteenth-Century World
INMS2601
Senior Unit/Table A
Indonesian 2A
INGS2601
Senior Unit/Table A
Transnational Spaces and Networks
24
S2 GOVT2015
Senior Unit/Table A
Emotions and Public Policy
GOVT2424
Senior Unit/Table A
Politics of China
GOVT3986
Senior Unit/Table A
Gender, Security and Human Rights
ASNS2661
Senior Unit/Table A
History of Modern Indonesia
24
3rd Year S1 Semester of Study on Exchange 24
S2 GOVT3990
Senior Unit/Table A
Islam and Democracy in the Muslim World
GOVT2611
Senior Unit/Table A
Capitalism and Democracy in East Asia
PHIL2647
Senior Unit/Table A
Philosophy of Happiness
INGS3601
Senior Unit/Table A
Current Global Issues
24
            144
      Study while on Exchange Government Major Compulsory language  
        Compulsory INGS units Breadth  

As the degree aims to develop skills relevant to international and intercultural contexts you will also be required to undertake language study from a very diverse range offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. You will further your oppportunities for development by going on an overseas exchange for a semester in your final year of study.

Our program devotes attention to these global connections across the spectrum, allowing you to gain highly developed and integrated knowledge of global and international issues.

International Exchange

In your second or third year of the program, you’ll gain a first-hand appreciation of the degree’s core concerns by embarking on a semester of international exchange at a partner university. This semester of exchange is a required component of the degree, preferably in a country speaking your chosen language. The Faculty of Arts and Social Science has entered into preferred partner agreements for BIGS exchange with the following universities:

CHINA
Fudan University
Peking University
Tsinghua University

JAPAN
University of Tokyo

SINGAPORE
National University of Singapore

SWITZERLAND
University of Geneva


The 2016 preferred partnerships for the BIGS program will be expanded and is expected to include:

DENMARK
University of Copenhagen

GERMANY
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

ITALY
University of Padova

JAPAN
Waseda University
University of Toyko

NORWAY
University of Bergen

SOUTH KOREA
Seoul National University

SWEDEN
Malmo University
Uppsala University

TAIWAN
National Taiwan University
National Chengchi University (NCCU)


BIGS preferred partners are all highly ranked in the humanities social sciences with established and eminent international studies and related programs that can be completed on exchange and credited back to your degree.

We encourage students to explore exchange opportunities with these prestigious Universities or with any of the over 120 institutions available for exchange under Faculty or university-wide agreements. Through the International Exchange Program, you can study overseas and enrich your Sydney course by adding a global perspective, gaining a broader view of the world and of a new outlook of Australia.

Core Units and Majors

The degree’s core units enable you to acquire varied perspectives on international and global dynamics, informed by a wide range of social science standpoints.

 Compulsory Intenational and Global Studies Units:
First Year
  • Power and Money in Global Society, INGS1001
  • Global Culture and Society, INGS1002
Second Year
  • Transnational Spaces and Networks, INGS2601
Third Year
  • Current Global Issues, INGS3601

In your core major, you will focus on one of a specified range of relevant social science or area studies disciplines. You can choose how to complement your major from a wide range of subject areas across the University.

 Core major to be chosen from one of:

* If International Business is undertaken as the BIGS core major, a second major from the list above must also be completed

An optional second major may be chosen from the list of above core majors. This gives students access to a wide range of disciplines across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are recognised for their conceptual ability, critical and research skills and the ethical perspective needed to interpret and operate effectively in an increasingly integrated world. These are the attributes that underpin success in a variety of professional fields. With an awareness of the major issues confronting world society, politics and economy, you will be equipped to operate effectively as members of the global community with skills in analysis, evaluation and communication.

New areas for analysis are bringing with them new career opportunities. As a result, you will be able to compete successfully within the global marketplace in advisory, management, and research positions for both the private and public sector in Australia and beyond, including working in combination with other professions at an international level (e.g. medicine, law, environmental work).


For full information regarding program requirements, please refer to the following link