UWA Handbook 2017

Broadening requirements

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 designates as broadening units. Broadening units fall into two categories—A and B.

Category A broadening units

Category A broadening units have as their main focus some aspect of the globalised and culturally diverse environment. 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 from the degree area of your degree-specific major as broadening units. For example, if you are taking History from the Bachelor of Arts as your degree-specific major then you can count up to two Category A broadening units from Arts as broadening units. Your remaining broadening units must be from another degree area (Commerce, Design or Science). You can take additional Category A broadening units from Arts (if you have space within your degree), but they won’t count towards meeting your broadening requirements.

A wide range of units in different disciplines have been approved as Category A broadening. These include:

  • LOTE (Languages Other Than English) units. Units are available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Ancient Greek, Latin, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.
  • units taught by the School of Indigenous Studies.
  • 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.
  • approved Mathematics and Statistics units.
  • all other units on the Category A broadening list.

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 area outside the degree area of your degree-specific major. For example, if you are taking Engineering Science from the Bachelor of Science course as your degree-specific major you can choose Category B broadening units from areas of Arts, Commerce or Design.

As a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) student you must take the Category B unit GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership and may choose to count it towards your broadening requirements.

Broadening units can be stand-alone units 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 consult the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) Office.

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

Examples

  • Jun has an interest in buildings, structures and cities. He enrols in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course, choosing a degree-specific major in Engineering Science (from the Bachelor of Science list) and a second major in Human Geography and Planning (from the Bachelor of Arts list). His Engineering Science major contains Category A broadening units, of which he can count two. To meet the remaining broadening requirements Jun takes the Category B unit: GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory unit for his course) and counts one Category B unit from his second major, Human Geography and Planning.
  • Emma is interested in ancient history and literature. She enrols in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course. To pursue her interests, Emma chooses a degree-specific major in Classics and Ancient History and a second major in Philosophy (both from within the Bachelor of Arts). She decides to participate in a student exchange program at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, where she completes two units in Latin, which count as Category A broadening. To satisfy her remaining broadening requirements she takes the Category A unit from Science: SCIE1121 Our Universe and GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory unit for his course).
  • Nic wants to work in the mining industry and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course with a degree-specific major in Marketing (from the Bachelor of Commerce list) and a second major in Engineering Science (from the Bachelor of Science list). The first unit Nic passes in his Engineering Science major, ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering, counts as a Category A broadening unit. He fulfils his remaining broadening requirements by taking the Category B unit GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory unit for his course) and counting two other units from his second major, Engineering Science, as broadening units.
  • Tham is hoping to pursue a research career in agriculture, forestry or horticulture and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course, majoring in Botany (from the Bachelor of Science list). To improve her prospects of employment with a leading multinational firm, Tham decides to participate in a Study Abroad program at McGill University. She takes three approved Category A units as part of her Study Abroad program and fulfils her remaining broadening requirements by taking GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory unit for her course).
  • Lisa would like to pursue a career as a professional opera singer and has an interest in Art. She is enrolled in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course with a degree-specific major in Music Studies and a second major in Music Specialist Studies. To help with her pronunciation and performance and make her more competitive as a graduate she decides to take two units of Italian Studies (ITAL1401 Italian Studies 1 and ITAL1402 Italian Studies 2). These units count as two Category A broadening units. She satisfies her remaining broadening requirements by taking the Category B unit GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership (a compulsory unit for her course) and one unit from Design: VISA1052 Art of Expression.