2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 753131


The Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) provides an academic space for high-achieving International Studies students. With a limited intake of students per year, it aims to provide an enriched educational experience for high-achieving, motivated students who are hoping to make a contribution to their field of study through teaching or research, or by working as professionals in their chosen area of study.

The Bachelor of International Studies (Dean’s Scholar) is a degree that reflects the growing scholarship on the interconnected political, social, economic and cultural issues, processes and forces of the modern world.

The degree challenges high achieving students to think beyond the confines of traditional disciplines and seek different approaches to global problems.

By combining a core set of subjects, a major sequence and a language minor, the degree equips students with the theoretical background and communication skills that can assist them in future careers in international organisations, non-government organisations, the private sector, and in government bureaucracy.

Dean's Scholar Degrees

Dean's Scholars have the opportunity to attempt subjects not normally available to first-year students. They may be granted exemption from certain first-year subjects and may be permitted extended subject loads, enabling them to complete the degree in less than the normal time and enter Honours in their third year.

Dean's Scholar students benefit from:

  • Access to shared study and workspace;
  • Yearly text book/resource allowance for full-time students;
  • Limited printing privileges;
  • Specialised subjects LHA 102 Dean's Scholars Seminar and LHA 302 Dean's Scholars Research Project;
  • Opportunities to attend academic and higher degree research workshops and seminars.

The Heads of Students of the Faculty oversee the program and have regular meetings with the students. On successful completion of this degree, students will be guaranteed admission to Honours.

Dean’s Scholars must complete the course requirements of the degree. They may also take any of the major or minor study areas, as set out in this Handbook under the entry for the Bachelor of Arts (Course Code 702).

Dean's Scholars are able to use the University's student exchange program to undertake a period of study overseas. Several Dean's Scholars have competed successfully for places in the Australian National Internship Program or the University Capitol Washington Internship Program, which places students in political offices in Canberra or Washington D.C. respectively.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate a sound understanding of key components of global society and key global challenges through insights and knowledge gained from multiple perspectives and disciplines.
2 Communicate effectively in both speech and writing in English and at an intermediate level in a language other than their own.
3 Apply qualitative and quantitative analytical and problem-solving skills necessary for international studies careers and global citizenship.
4 Critically review interconnections between local and global issues and events as well as the historical and contemporary processes that have transformed the globe.
5 Display in-depth knowledge in one of the offered major areas of study.
6 Independently plan and execute a research or professional based project that demonstrates an understanding and critical analysis of the area of study.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of this degree, a student must complete a total of at least 144 credit points from subjects listed in the Course Structure below:

  1. LHA 102 Dean’s Scholars Seminar (6 credit points) and LHA 302 Dean’s Scholars Research Project (6 credit points);
  2. The core subjects prescribed for the Bachelor of International Studies degree (18 credit points);
  3. At least one of the three Majors listed in this degree: Global Screen Media, Global Sustainable Development or International Relations. These will normally be available in the second and third years of study;
  4. At least one minor in a language other than English (minimum of 24 credit points);
  5. Additional credit points to the total value of 144. To complete the total credit points required for the degree, students can choose from the following options:
    1. Taking additional elective subjects;
    2. Turn their language minor into a major;
    3. Take an additional major from the BIntSt; or
    4. Take an additional minor or major offered in the Bachelor of Arts or those offered by other faculties provided they meet the requirements set by those faculties. Students may not cross count more than one subject from a nominated minor into any other minor or major;
  6. Not more than 60 credit points in 100-level subjects; and
  7. Dean's Scholars are also required to maintain an average mark of 75% or better.

During the Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar) degree, students are strongly encouraged to undertake a semester of overseas study, however, it is not a degree requirement.


Students must complete at least one of the degree Majors below:

  • Global Screen Media (48 credit points);
  • Global Sustainable Development (48 credit points);
  • International Relations (48 credit points).

As part of their electives, students may wish to take a second major from those listed above, or a major from the Bachelor of Arts.


Students must complete the subjects for a minor in one of the languages listed below:

  • Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students;
  • Chinese (Mandarin) for Non-Chinese Background Students;
  • French;
  • Indonesian*;
  • Italian;
  • Japanese;
  • Spanish.

* Available by cross institutional study only

Students may take other Minors as part of their program provided they meet the requirements set. Minor studies consist of a minimum of 24 credit points of which no more than 12 credit points at 100 level can be counted.

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2018 General Schedule of Minors page.

Minors appear on the transcript (academic record), but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students must submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.


See separate entry for the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours).

Other Information

Further information is available via email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 27 February, 2018