International Studies

International Studies available at South Western Sydney campus from 2019

UOW is excited to announce that from 2019 students will be able to undertake a Bachelor of International Studies* at the South Western Sydney (SWS) campus in Liverpool. 

Studying international studies is a great starting point for those wanting to pursue a range of careers in government, with international, humanitarian or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and in the private sector. Graduates will have the practical skills sought after by employers, including critical analysis and research, the ability to synthesise knowledge and solutions; to communicate, to develop policy, to engage in negotiations, and to possess cross-cultural awareness and empathy. All of these skills are developed with a global perspective.

Our students are encouraged to take part in an international exchange program through our global network of over 140 partner universities and organisations. Grants are available to assist with costs associated with studying abroad.

The best in NSW/ACT

The federal government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2018 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences.

* Delivery of the Bachelor of International Studies at SWS is subject to final approval.

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What you will study

The Bachelor of International Studies at SWS includes core subjects in international studies, politics and an introduction to law in society. You can choose to study one or both majors available – global sustainable development and international relations. You will undertake a final-year research project that will require you to critically debate a significant issue, challenge or dilemma in today’s global environment.

Global Sustainable Development major

In this major, you will explore issues related to global capitalism, aid, inequality, and social transformation and key policy questions such as climate change.

International Relations major

In addition to the core subjects in international studies, you will explore questions of peace and security, international organisation, the political economy, human rights, and the role of international law.

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 of the Bachelor of International Studies and other subjects as approved by the Faculty.

The 144 credit points shall include:

  1. The core subjects (48 credit points) prescribed for the Bachelor of International Studies
  2. Students can then choose from the following options:

2.1. At least one of the two majors listed in this degree (48 credit points): Global Sustainable Development or International Relations and a minor (24 credit points) plus electives.

2.2. Both majors listed in this degree (48 credit points each): Global Sustainable Development and International Relations

2.3. At least one of the two majors listed in this degree (48 credit points): Global Sustainable Development or International Relations and a minor (24 credit points) and a minor from the Wollongong campus

2.4. At least one of the two majors listed in this degree (48 credit points): Global Sustainable Development or International Relations and a major (48credit points) from the Bachelor of Arts at the Wollongong campus

Double degree options

The Bachelor of International Studies will be also be able in double degree combinations alongside the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor of Commerce

Graduate careersUnited nations

International Studies graduates will acquire skills which can be applied with careers in government, international and non-governmental organisations, and with the private sector. Careers may include (but are not limited to):

  • Advisor government relations
  • Aid worker
  • Diplomat
  • Government social research officer
  • Graduate technical intelligence analysts
  • Human rights
  • International business consultant
  • Political consultant
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Public relations account executive
  • Sales and international market researcher
  • Senior corporate affairs adviser
  • Social researcher

Careers Central is a UOW service available to help students set and achieve career goals.  

Meet our teaching staff

Our academics are passionate about what they do, actively engaged in their industry and enthusiastic about sharing what they know with you.

Associate Professor Phil OrchardAssociate Professor Phil Orchard

Phil Orchard is an Associate Professor of International Relations. His research interests and areas of expertise include international relations theory, forced migration, humanitarianism, peacekeeping, the responsibility to protect, international organisations and non-traditional security.

In 2016, Phil was awarded an Australian Awards for University Teaching which recognises quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to student learning. Phil’s innovative experiential learning practices have inspired and engaged students by blending theory and practice that has won him a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

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Dr Charles Hawksley Charles Hawksley

Charles is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies. His research is mainly focussed on topics associated with state-building and human security in Oceania, including interventions by the United Nations and by regional organisations. Charles has conducted fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Solomon Islands and brings examples from his research into his teaching on peacekeeping, police building, states and interventions. 

He is currently completing a book with Dr Nichole Georgeou (WSU) entitled Police-building and the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) in Oceania: Gender, Civil Society and Human Rights Culture in Oceania (Routledge, forthcoming 2018).

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Dr Shoshana Dreyfus Dr Shoshana Dreyfus

Shoshana Dreyfus is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics. Her research areas include non-verbal communication and language disorder, discipline-specific academic literacy, systemic functional linguistic theory and discourse semantics. In addition to these areas, she is interested in many applications of linguistic theory to a wide range of objects of study including language and power, evaluative language, and media discourse.

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Dr Sukhmani Khorana Sukhmani Khorana Profile

Sukhmani is Senior Lecturer in Media and Culture, and the faculty Academic Program Leader of the South West Sydney campus at the University of Wollongong. She is the editor of a Routledge anthology titled Crossover Cinema (2013). Sukhmani has published extensively on transnational film and television, refugee media and the politics of empathy. She holds a current ARC Linkage project (with the Museum of Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image) examining the role of television in the experience of migration to Australia. She has a new research monograph on food cultures in Australia (published by Rowman and Littlefield International).

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Dr Susan Engel Susan Engel

Susan is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the University the Wollongong. She lectures in the areas of development, international politics and political economy and Southeast Asian politics. She has written on book on the Word Bank in Southeast Asia and many journal articles. She is currently researching multilateral development finance, development cooperation between the nations of the Global South, emotions in development, and teaching and learning in international studies. Susan worked in the government, community, and aid sectors before becoming an academic. She has been a Board Member of indigo foundation since 2002, a not-for-profit community development NGO.

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Last reviewed: 22 June, 2018