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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies)

Study arts and social sciences with us in 2018

Why study with us?

  • With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 15th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, you will learn from leading experts across more than 45 areas of study.

  • Develop a first-hand appreciation of the degree's core concepts when you spend a semester abroad at one of our leading partner universities.

Overview

A program in International and Global studies gives you a rigorous understanding of the paradoxes and complex interconnections of globalisation.

This unique course of study equips you with the ability to work in a global society. Its core major enables you to relate localities to global trends, while your chosen specialisation and language training provide the regional expertise and linguistic competence necessary to work in a range of organisations with an international scope and communicate effectively across cultural and linguistic boundaries.

You will:

  • complete a core program in International and Global Studies, including advanced coursework and a substantial final-year project 
  • undertake a modern language minor 
  • complete a second major (which may be an extension of the language minor) 
  • study abroad at one of our leading partner universities to diversify your study and provide first-hand international experience 
  • have the opportunity to undertake an internship, which will further position you to operate effectively as a global citizen and compete successfully in the international marketplace. 

Majors

Minors can be completed in any of the below areas and in addition a minor can also be taken in Australian Literature, Celtic Studies, Criminology, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is from

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

Please note, the following in an example of a pathway through the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies). Students are free to choose any of the languages offered in the School of Languages and Cultures to fulfil the language minor requirement, and any units from Table S to fulfil the elective requirements. A minimum of 12 credit points must be taken on a study abroad or exchange program.

SAMPLE COURSE STRUCTURE:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies)

Year 1

  • Global Studies Major: Introduction to International and Global Studies
  • Global Studies Major: The Making of the Global Order
  • Language Minor: Introductory Arabic 1A and 1B
  • Elective: Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Elective: Introduction to Diversity Studies*
  • Elective: Introduction to Sociology 1
  • Elective: Introduction to Sociology 2

Year 2

  • Global Studies Major: Transnational Actors and Networks
  • Global Studies Major: The End of Empire and New States
  • Global Studies Major: The Dynamics of Global Capitalism
  • Language Minor: Intermediate Arabic 2A and 2B, Gender and Politics in the Arab World
  • Elective: Sociological Theory
  • Open Learning Environment: Enhancing Cultural Competence*

Year 3

  • Global Studies Major: Social Movements in the Global South
  • Global Studies Major: Global Studies in Interdisciplinary Contexts
  • Global Studies Major: Conflict and its Consequences
  • Language Minor: Advanced Arabic 3A
  • Elective: Social Inequality in Australia
  • Elective: Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Elective: Sociology, Power and Violence
  • Open Learning Environment: The Design of Social Media Campaigns*

Year 4

  • Global Studies Major: Global Mobilities
  • Global Studies Major: Identity Politics and Globalisation
  • Global Studies Major: International and Global Studies
  • Language Major: Advanced Arabic 3B and Arab Cities: Texts and Contexts
  • Elective: Nature and Society
  • Elective: Sociology of Culture

*OLE units are indicative only. Units can be selected from Table O of units.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

International students should refer to the Academic Entry Requirements for International Students for intake availability and other information.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Course opportunities

You will be required to study a language relevant to the areas of international and global studies that you are pursuing in your degree. This will include an opportunity to study overseas to enhance your language skills and cultural knowledge.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:
  • community development program manager
  • diplomat
  • foreign aid worker
  • foreign correspondent
  • human rights advocate
  • international business consultant
  • policy adviser 
  • trade negotiator
Future study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas to opportunities for independent research projects that prepare students for higher degrees by research.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.