The combined degrees program of Bachelor of International Relations, Bachelor of Languages requires the completion of 144 units of study.

Admission requirements

For admission to the program, students must apply for admission to the Bachelor of Languages combined degrees through SATAC.

Eligible students who decide to take up the combined degrees program in a subsequent year will be required to apply through SATAC, or via internal university transfer, for admission to the Bachelor of Arts.

Students enrolled in a combined degree program must complete the full program specified within the combined program for each degree before they can graduate with either award.

Students who commence, but subsequently do not wish to complete, the combined degrees program may be eligible to transfer to either the Bachelor of Languages or the Bachelor of International Relations and to receive credit for some or all of the topics already completed.

Program of study

To qualify for the combined degrees of Bachelor of International Relations /Bachelor of Languages, a student must complete the following program of study with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic:

Bachelor of International Relations component

To qualify for the Bachelor of International Relations a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or better or NGP in each topic. This must include:

Year 1 topics

9 units of core topics:

AMST1002  America and the World: The United States in a Global Context  (4.5 units)
INTR1006  International Relations: An Introduction  (4.5 units)

9 units chosen from the following:

HIST1704  History's Killing Fields (4.5 units)
HIST1802  Europe, 1945 to the Present (4.5 units)
HIST1803  'The Lucky Country'? Australia and theWorld since 1939 (4.5 units)
INTR1100  Exploring the International (4.5 units)
INTR1102  Modern Asia since 1945 (4.5 units)

Year 2 topics

13.5 units of core topics:

INTR2003  The Asia-Pacific in the 20th Century  (4.5 units)
INTR2006  Debating Human Rights  (4.5 units)
INTR2015  New Security Agenda  (4.5 units)

4.5 units chosen from the following:

HIST2014  War and Society in the Modern World  (4.5 units)
HIST2016  Globalisation in World History (4.5 units)

9 units chosen from the following:

AMST2001  Twentieth Century America  (4.5 units)
AMST2002  American Politics  (4.5 units)*
HIST2009  Nazi Germany: It's Origins and Nature, 1870-1945 (4.5 units)
HIST2030  The Great Powers and the Origins of the Modern Middle East (4.5 units)
HIST2043  Terrorism and Society in Modern Europe(4.5 units)
INTR2005  The Next Superpower? The Rise of China in the 21st Century  (4.5 units)
INTR2008  Africa on a Global Stage  (4.5 units)
INTR2012  Food Security (4.5 units)
INTR2100  Reimagining the Global South (4.5 units)
INTR2101  Democracy and Human Rights in Asia  (4.5 units)

* Note that students who wish to qualify and apply for the Washington Internship must select AMST2002

Year 3 topics

9 units of core topics:

INTR3104  Global Workplace (4.5 units)
INTR3102  Controversies in International Relations  (4.5 units)

18 units chosen from the following:

AMST3013  The Alliance and the Rise of China  (4.5 units)
AMST3016  Internship Program: Washington DC  (9 units)*
HIST3004  The Fall of Britannia's Empire and the Postcolonial Experience  (4.5 units)
INTR3001  Australian Foreign Policy  (4.5 units)
INTR3003  Africa: International Interventions  (4.5 units)
INTR3006  The Rise of the Indo-Pacific  (4.5 units)
INTR3100  Environment and Development in Asia (4.5 units)
INTR3101  Global Inequality (4.5 units)
INTR3103  International Practicum (4.5 units)*

* Note that students cannot take both INTR3103 International Practicum and AMST3016 in this combined degree program.

Bachelor of Languages component

To qualify for the Bachelor of Languages a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or better or NGP in each topic, from one of the following options:

Option 1

  • LANG1000 Strategies for Language Learning  (4.5 units)
  • LANG1002 Language and Languages  (4.5 units)
  • One 45 unit extended major sequence chosen from French, Indonesian, Italian, Modern Greek or Spanish
  • 18 units of option topics

OR

Option 2

  • LANG1000 Strategies for Language Learning  (4.5 units)
  • LANG1002 Language and Languages  (4.5 units)
  • One 36 unit major sequence chosen from French, Indonesian, Italian, Modern Greek or Spanish, or from one of the following University of Adelaide languages: Chinese, German or Japanese.#
  • One 22.5 unit minor sequence chosen from French, Indonesian, Italian, Modern Greek or Spanish (students must choose a different language to the language they are studying as their major sequence) OR one 27 unit minor sequence chosen from one of the following University of Adelaide languages: Chinese, German or Japanese.#
  • 4.5 units of option or culture topics (if students are completing a minor sequence in Chinese, German or Japanese, then they will not be required to complete this component).

#Students must complete at least 36 units of Flinders topics in the Bachelor of Languages that do not count towards any other Flinders award. Therefore if two of the University of Adelaide languages are chosen for the 36 unit major sequence and 27 unit minor sequence then an additional 27 units of Flinders option topics must be completed.

Option topics

 AUST2611  Australian Languages: Issues and Debates 1  (4.5 units)
 AUST3611  Australian Languages: Issues and Debates 2  (4.5 units)
 HIST3001 Destination Australia: Migration since 1900 (4.5 units)
 INDO2002  Indonesian Musical Cultures  (4.5 units)*
 ITAL2213  Italian Theatre (4.5 units) **
 ITAL3403  Italian Settlement in Australia  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3214  Italian Cinema (4.5 units) **
 ITAL3215  The Italian Mafia: Origin and Representations (4.5 units) **
 LANG2000  Special Topic in Language or Cultural Studies  (4.5 units)
 LANG2001  Introduction to Second Language Acquisition  (4.5 units)
 LANG2004  Language in Society: Introduction to Sociolinguistics  (4.5 units)
 LANG2005  Migrant Journeys: Cultures, Identities and Belonging (4.5 units)
 LANG3000  Language in Action  (4.5 units)
 LANG3007  Computer-Mediated Communication for Language Learning  (4.5 units)
 LING2103  Language, Culture and Communication  (4.5 units)
 LING3105  Intercultural Communication in Everyday Life  (4.5 units)
 LING3107  An Introduction to Translation: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2213  Philosophy, Love and Religion: The Alexandrian Story  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2214  Greek Mythology: Gods, heroes and mortals  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3211  Homer's Odyssey: Wanderings and Divine Interventions  (4.5 units)

* This topic is available to all Bachelor of Languages students as an option topic. It is also offered in the extended major in Indonesian. However, it can only count towards either the extended major or the option component, but not both.

** These topics are offered in the major or extended major in Italian.  Students can only count them towards either the major or extended major, or the option component, but not both.

Extended Major, Major and Minor Sequences

An extended language major sequence (45 units) consists of 13.5 units of Culture topics at second/third level; and 27 units of Language topics: 9 units at first level, 9 units at second level, 9 units at third level and LANG3300 Language Research Project (4.5 units) at third level.

An ordinary language major sequence (36 units) consists of 9 units of Culture topics: 4.5 units at second level, and 4.5 units at third level; and 27 units of Language topics: 9 units at first level, 9 units at second level and 9 units at third level.

A minor language sequence (22.5 units) consists of a 4.5 unit Culture topic undertaken at second level and 18 units of Language topics: 9 units at first level and 9 units at second level. Students undertaking a minor sequence in Chinese, German or Japanese at the University of Adelaide undertake the equivalent of 27 units, consisting of 9 units at first level and 18 units at upper level.

All extended major sequences, ordinary major sequences and minor sequences are available in both beginners and intermediate streams.

Flinders Languages:


Adelaide University Languages (major and minor sequences only):

  • Chinese
  • German
  • Japanese

Please visit the University of Adelaide webpage for topic information.

Stream - French (Beginners)

 First Year Language Topics

 FREN1201  Introductory French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN1202  Introductory French Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Second Year Language Topics

 FREN2201  Intermediate French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN2202  Intermediate French Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Language Topics

 FREN3201  Upper Intermediate French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN3202  Upper Intermediate French Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Extended Major Topic

 LANG3300  Language Research Project (4.5 units)

Culture topics

Select 9 units (Ordinary Major) or 13.5 units (Extended Major) from the following:

FREN2211  The Reading Workshop  (4.5 units)
FREN2212  French Cultural Icons  (4.5 units)
FREN3211  French Cinema  (4.5 units)
FREN3212  Bon appétit! From plate to palate  (4.5 units)

Stream - French (Intermediate)

First Year Language Topics

 FREN2201  Intermediate French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN2202  Intermediate French Part 2  (4.5 units)

Second Year Language Topics

 FREN3201  Upper Intermediate French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN3202  Upper Intermediate French Part 2  (4.5 units)

Third Year Language Topics

 FREN3301  Advanced French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN3302  Advanced French Part 2  (4.5 units)

Third Year Extended Major Topic

 LANG3300  Language Research Project (4.5 units)

Culture topics

Select 9 units (Ordinary Major) or 13.5 units (Extended Major) from the following:

FREN2211  The Reading Workshop  (4.5 units)
FREN2212  French Cultural Icons  (4.5 units)
FREN3211  French Cinema  (4.5 units)
FREN3212  Bon appétit! From plate to palate  (4.5 units)

Stream - Indonesian (Beginners)

First Year Language Topics

INDO1201  Introductory Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO1202  Introductory Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)

Second Year Language Topics

INDO2201  Intermediate Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO2202  Intermediate Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)

Third Year Language Topics

INDO3201  Upper Intermediate Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO3202  Upper Intermediate Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)

Third Year Extended Major Topic

LANG3300  Language Research Project (4.5 units)

Culture topics

INDO2001  Indonesian Culture and Society  (4.5 units)

Plus select 4.5 units (ordinary Major) or 9 units (Extended Major) from

INDO2002  Indonesian Musical Cultures  (4.5 units)
INDO2003  Contemporary Indonesian Cinema  (4.5 units)
INDO2004  Indonesian for Special Purposes  (4.5 units)

Stream - Indonesian (Intermediate)

First Year Language Topics 

INDO2201  Intermediate Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO2202  Intermediate Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)

Second Year Language Topics

INDO3201  Upper Intermediate Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO3202  Upper Intermediate Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)

Third Year Language Topics

INDO3301  Advanced Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO3302  Advanced Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)

Third Year Extended Major Topic

LANG3300  Language Research Project (4.5 units)

Culture topics

INDO2001  Indonesian Culture and Society  (4.5 units)

Plus select 4.5 units (ordinary Major) or 9 units (Extended Major) from

INDO2002  Indonesian Musical Cultures  (4.5 units)
INDO2003  Contemporary Indonesian Cinema  (4.5 units)
INDO2004  Indonesian for Special Purposes  (4.5 units)

Stream - Italian (Beginners)

First Year Language Topics

 ITAL1201  Introductory Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL1202  Introductory Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)

Second Year Language Topics

 ITAL2201  Intermediate Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL2202  Intermediate Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)

Third Year Language Topics

 ITAL3201  Upper Intermediate Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3202  Upper Intermediate Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)

Third Year Extended Major Topic

 LANG3300  Language Research Project (4.5 units)

 Culture Topics: select either ITAL2211 or ITAL2212 

 ITAL2211  Italian Culture and Society 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL2212  Italian Culture and Society 2  (4.5 units)

 Culture Topics: select 4.5 units (Ordinary Major) or 9 units (Extended Major) from:

 ITAL2213  Italian Theatre  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3211  Italian Cultural Studies  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3214  Italian Cinema  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3215  The Italian Mafia: Origin and Representations  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3403  Italian Migration to Australia  (4.5 units)

Stream - Italian (Intermediate)

 First Year Language Topics

 ITAL2201  Intermediate Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL2202  Intermediate Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Second Year Language Topics

 ITAL3201  Upper Intermediate Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3202  Upper Intermediate Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Language Topics

 ITAL3301  Advanced Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3302  Advanced Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)

Third Year Extended Major Topic

 LANG3300  Language Research Project (4.5 units)

 Culture Topics: select 9 units (Ordinary Major) or 13.5 units (Extended Major) from:

 ITAL2213  Italian Theatre  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3211  Italian Cultural Studies  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3213  Translation from Italian  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3214  Italian Cinema  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3215  The Italian Mafia: Origin and Representations  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3311  Extended Italian Cultural Studies   (4.5 units)
 ITAL3403  Italian Migration to Australia  (4.5 units)

Stream - Modern Greek (Beginners)

 First Year Language Topics

 MGRE1201  Introductory Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE1202  Introductory Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Second Year Language Topics

 MGRE2201  Intermediate Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2202  Intermediate Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Language Topics

 MGRE3201  Upper Intermediate Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3202  Upper Intermediate Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Extended Major Topic

 LANG3300  Language Research Project (4.5 units)

 Culture Topics: select 9 units (Ordinary Major) or 13.5 units (Extended Major#) from

 MGRE2211  Modern Greek Culture and Society 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2212  Modern Greek Culture and Society 2  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2213  Philosophy, Love and Religion: The Alexandrian Story  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2214  Greek Mythology: Gods, heroes and mortals  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3211  Homer's Odyssey: Wanderings and Divine Interventions  (4.5 units) 
 MGRE3212  Modern Greek Cultural Studies 2  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3401  Advanced Topic in Modern Greek Studies 1  (4.5 units)#

# With the permission of the course coordinator MGRE3401 may be studied instead of a Culture Topic in the Extended Major.

Stream - Modern Greek (Intermediate)

 First Year Language Topics

 MGRE2201  Intermediate Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2202  Intermediate Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Second Year Language Topics

 MGRE3201  Upper Intermediate Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3202  Upper Intermediate Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Language Topics

 MGRE3301  Advanced Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3302  Advanced Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Extended Major Topic

 LANG3300  Language Research Project (4.5 units)

 Culture Topics: select 9 units (Ordinary Major) or 13.5 units (Extended Major#) from

 MGRE2213  Philosophy, Love and Religion: The Alexandrian Story  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2214  Greek Mythology: Gods, heroes and mortals  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3211  Homer's Odyssey: Wanderings and Divine Interventions  (4.5 units) 
 MGRE3212  Modern Greek Cultural Studies 2  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3311  Greek Culture and Society: From Antiquity to Crisis  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3312  Extended Modern Greek Cultural Studies 2  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3401  Advanced Topic in Modern Greek Studies 1  (4.5 units)#

#With the permission of the course coordinator MGRE3401 may be studied instead of a Culture Topic in the Extended Major.

Stream - Spanish (Beginners)

First Year Language Topics

 SPAN1201  Introductory Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN1202  Introductory Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Second Year Language Topics

 SPAN2201  Intermediate Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN2202  Intermediate Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Language Topics

 SPAN3201  Upper Intermediate Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3202  Upper Intermediate Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Extended Major Topic

 LANG3300  Language Research Project (4.5 units)

Culture Topics

Select 9 units (Ordinary Major) or 13.5 units (Extended Major) from the following:

 SPAN2211  Keys to the Spanish and Latin American Worlds  (4.5 units) 
 SPAN2212  An Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Cultures  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3211  Latin American History and Culture Through Film and Literature  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3212  Spanish for Academic and Professional Purposes  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3311  Contemporary Spanish History and Culture Through Film and Literature  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3312  An Introduction to Spanish Translation: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3401  Advanced Topic in Spanish 1  (4.5 units)

Stream - Spanish (Intermediate)

 First Year Language Topics

 SPAN2201  Intermediate Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN2202  Intermediate Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Second Year Language Topics

 SPAN3201  Upper Intermediate Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3202  Upper Intermediate Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Language Topics

 SPAN3301  Advanced Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3302  Advanced Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)

 Third Year Extended Major Topic

 LANG3300  Language Research Project (4.5 units)

Culture Topics

Select 9 units (Ordinary Major) or 13.5 units (Extended Major) from the following:

 SPAN2212  An Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Cultures  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3211  Latin American History and Culture Through Film and Literature  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3212  Spanish for Academic and Professional Purposes  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3311  Contemporary Spanish History and Culture Through Film and Literature  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3312  An Introduction to Spanish Translation: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3401  Advanced Topic in Spanish 1  (4.5 units)