An exciting feature of UWA's undergraduate degrees, broadening units will add a valuable dimension to your studies.
These units are a requirement of all five bachelor’s degrees and will provide you with knowledge beyond the fields in which you choose to specialise. You will be required to take four broadening units, normally from outside your degree area, including at least one with a focus on the globalised and culturally diverse environment.
Employer groups and professional associations have repeatedly emphasised the need for graduates to be equipped with broader knowledge and skills to prepare them for a rapidly changing international workplace. These include highly valued attributes such as well-developed communication, research and problem-solving skills.
The new broadening requirements will give you the opportunity to study a diverse range of subjects as part of your degree and gain an understanding of different methods of enquiry. You may choose to study units that are of a particular interest to you or which add extra value to your primary degree area.
Broadening units fall into two categories, A and B. At least one of the four units needs to be chosen from Category A. These units focus on some aspect of the globalised and culturally diverse environment.
The remaining three units can be taken from Category A and/or Category B. Category B comprises an extensive range of electives from any discipline outside the degree for which you are enrolled (subject to meeting unit prerequisites). Units studied as part of a second major chosen from another degree can count towards your Category A and/or B broadening requirements.
You may take your broadening units at any time during your degree. When you enrol at UWA you will be provided with further information and advice to help you design your own study plan. This will help you determine where your broadening units will fit into your undergraduate course.
Broadening your study at undergraduate level will ensure you are a well-rounded graduate, giving you a global perspective that will prepare you for success in a changing and increasingly international workplace.
1: Study a unit from the list of approved Category A units outside your degree
Category A broadening units focus on aspects of the globalised and culturally diverse environment. Successful completion of at least one of these units, from the options that fall outside the area of knowledge of the degree in which your degree-specific major is offered, will satisfy your Category A requirement.
2: Study overseas
Spend a semester or two undertaking your studies internationally. Units undertaken as part of an approved Student Exchange or Study Abroad program will count as Category A broadening units, provided the units are not contributing towards your degree-specific major. For example, a student with a degree-specific major in Archaeology opts to take History and Geography units as part of their Study Abroad/Student Exchange program; these will be considered as Category A broadening units. A student could also take additional Archaeology units, and these would be Category A broadening units as long as they were not contributing towards the requirements of their degree-specific major.
UWA Study Abroad and Student Exchange programs offer you the opportunity to study overseas at renowned universities while still gaining credit towards your UWA degree. Completing part of your studies overseas is a great way to learn more about the world and other cultures and will help you develop a level of independence and confidence highly regarded by employers. These programs are open to all students, including international students.
3: Study a language other than English
Completing a unit in a language other than English (LOTE) will satisfy your Category A broadening unit requirement, provided you complete a major that is not a LOTE major and is not a major in which the unit(s) you want to count as broadening are available (such as Classics and Ancient History, which offers units in Greek or Latin). For example, if you major in French in the Bachelor of Arts you can count French units as Category A broadening provided you also complete a non-LOTE major (for example Archaeology or History). You could also take LOTE units as study abroad/student exchange units and satisfy the broadening Category A requirement providing the units are not counting towards your degree-specific major.
UWA offers the following languages:
4: Study a unit from the School of Indigenous Studies
All units taught by the School of Indigenous Studies are Category A broadening units.
If you are undertaking the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major as part of a Bachelor of Arts, you must complete another major before the School of Indigenous Studies units can count as Category A broadening.
For those in the Bachelor of Science who are taking the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major, School of Indigenous Studies units can only count as Category A broadening in the following circumstances:
- you complete another major; or
- the School of Indigenous Studies units concerned are not core units or options offered in your major.
Category B broadening units can be chosen from any area outside the area of your degree, provided you have fulfilled any unit prerequisites. You can either choose to study a range of electives as your Category B units or take them as part of a second major chosen from outside your degree.
There are many interesting Category B options as nearly all Level 1 undergraduate units can be selected as Category B broadening units, giving you hundreds of choices.
The following units are approved as Category A broadening units. You may choose units from any list(s) other than your primary degree's. Note: some special provisions apply in the case of Languages Other Than English (LOTE) and School of Indigenous Studies units, which can be taken as Category A broadening units by students in the Bachelor of Arts in specific circumstances.
If you are studying a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) you will normally choose your broadening units from a degree other than the one housing your degree-specific major. For example, if you are enrolled in the BPhil(Hons) with a degree-specific major in science, you will normally choose your broadening units from the areas of arts, commerce and/or design. Some special provisions apply in the case of Languages Other Than English units and School of Indigenous Studies units which allow you take these as Category A broadening units in specific circumstances even if they are in the same degree as your degree-specific major.
Units from the Bachelor of Arts
Units from the Bachelor of Commerce
Units from the Bachelor of Design
Units from the Bachelor of Science
Units from other faculties
Several faculties have pages that outline some of the broadening units offered in their areas of study.