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International Studies

Course: International Studies        Faculty: Social Science        Course Fees: Nil

Impact on Stage 6: N/A



International Studies is a course that provides a unique conceptual framework for the study of culture, and the promotion of intercultural understanding.

Through education, travel, work and trade, students increasingly understand how the study of culture requires knowledge to informs values and develop individual and community participation, action and commitment to as a global citizen.

International Studies provides students with an opportunity to explore and recognise their own cultures and appreciate the richness of multicultural Australia and the world. As Australia is part of the Asia-Pacific region, the course lends itself to an emphasis on, but is not limited to, this region.

They gain knowledge of different cultural practices, values, beliefs and heritages to form a broader world- view. They gain the skills to recognise fact, detect bias and challenge stereotypes by exploring cultural difference and interconnectedness. This enables them to understand and value inclusion, and to respect the rights of others.

Students learn to conceptualise and explore interrelationships and empathise with others at a local, national, regional and global level.

In summary, International Studies equips students with intercultural sensitivities and the critical skills of analysis and intercultural understanding to participate in and contribute to building a cohesive and just world.



The core unit in International Studies is Culture and Cultural Diversity in the Contemporary World. Students will also be studying six additional options during the two-year course


At the completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Analyses a variety of definitions of culture
  • Describes characteristics of culture
  • Examines cultural similarities and differences
  • Examines cultural diversity
  • Accounts for the dynamic nature of culture
  • Identifies influences on cultures and their interconnectedness
  • Recognises bias and stereotypes
  • Analyses different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of cultural beliefs and practices
  • Culturally significant issues, events and scenarios from a variety of perspectives
  • Applies understanding of cultural differences when communicating across cultures
  • Applies strategies to challenge stereotypes
  • Selects and uses a range of written, visual and oral forms, to describe, analyse and communicate about cultures