Equipping you for a changing world

Australian and international employer groups and professional associations have repeatedly emphasised the need for graduates who are equipped not only with specific subject expertise, technical knowledge and employability skills, but also with a broader understanding that prepares them for a changing world.

To achieve this broader education you must complete at least four units that are designated as broadening units. Broadening units fall into two categories—A and B, and students can take up to two Category A broadening units within their areas of knowledge.

Your 'area of knowledge' is determined by your chosen degree-specific major within your degree.

Students who started their course before 2018 and are unsure about these changes should consult their allocated Course Advice Office for guidance their broadening requirements.

Area of knowledge units

Select your degree-specific major

Category A broadening units

Category A broadening units:

  • have as their main focus some aspect of the globalised and culturally diverse environment; or
  • LOTE (Languages Other Than English) units. Units are available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Ancient Greek, Latin, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish; or
  • are units taught by the School of Indigenous Studies; or
  • Study Abroad/Student Exchange units. Approved units completed as part of a Study Abroad/Student Exchange program count as Category A broadening units. UWA has arrangements with universities in more than 100 countries worldwide; or
  • are approved Mathematics and Statistics units.

To satisfy broadening requirements you must include at least one Category A broadening unit in your course. You can count up to two Category A broadening units offered in your degree as broadening units. For example, if you are taking the Bachelor of Arts course you can include up to two Category A broadening units from Arts—your remaining broadening units must be selected from units offered only in other degrees (Commerce, Biomedical Science or Science). You can take additional Category A broadening units from those offered in your degree (if you have space to take them as electives), but they won't count towards meeting your broadening requirements.

The list of broadening units will identify whether a Category A broadening unit is offered in your degree.

Category B broadening units

Category B broadening units can be chosen from any discipline outside the knowledge area of your degree. For example, if you are taking the Bachelor of Science course you can choose Category B broadening units from the areas of Arts, Commerce or Biomedical Science.

Broadening units can be stand-alone electives or form part of a major (as long as they meet the broadening rules). Remember, any unit you choose can count towards more than one of your degree requirements.

If you need further advice on choosing broadening units and how to incorporate them into your course, search the study plans for suggestions or contact a student adviser from your assigned Faculty Student Office displayed on studentConnect (login required).

Broadening your study will give you a global perspective that will make you a more well-rounded graduate and more attractive to employers.