Bachelor of International and Global Studies

Bachelor of International and Global Studies

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.

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


In 2015 the 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).

Sample Degree Structure

Please note in the table below, Table A units refers to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Table B units will refer to all other faculties in the University of Sydney.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1
EXCHANGE
Semester 2
INGS1001 POWER AND MONEY IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY INGS1002 GLOBAL CULTURE AND SOCIETY INGS2601 TRANSNATIONAL SPACES AND NETWORKS SENIOR COMPULSORY
MAJOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
INGS3601 CURRENT GLOBAL ISSUES
TABLE A LANGUAGE JUNIOR UNIT TABLE A LANGUAGE JUNIOR UNIT TABLE A LANGUAGE SENIOR UNIT SENIOR COMPULSORY
MAJOR UNIT
SENIOR COMPULSORY
MAJOR UNIT
SENIOR COMPULSORY
MAJOR UNIT
JUNIOR COMPULSORY
MAJOR UNIT
JUNIOR COMPULSORY
MAJOR UNIT
SENIOR COMPULSORY
MAJOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
SENIOR COMPULSORY
MAJOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
JUNIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
JUNIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS
The BIGS core major must be chosen from the following subject areas: American Studies; Anthropology; Arab World, Islam and The Middle East; Asian Studies; European Studies; Government and International Relations; History; International Business*; Political Economy; Sociology.

* If International Business is undertaken as the BIGS core major, a second major from Table A (Arts and Social Sciences) must also be completed.


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