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                                          “The University of Western Australia believes
                                           in preparing our graduates to be the
                                           change-makers in society. Our high-quality
                                           courses and unique course structure will
                                           equip you with the multidisciplinary skills
                                           needed to succeed and transform the world
                                           in which we live, improving the lives of
                                           others and the communities we serve.

                                           I welcome you to our community and invite
                                           you on an exciting journey to turn your
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                                           ambitions into reality.”
                                          – Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor
 The University of Western Australia

                                         The University of Western Australia acknowledges that it is situated on Noongar land and that
                                         Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to
                                         practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

Why study at UWA?                                              4
Facilities                                                     6
Business School highlights                                     8
Law School highlights                                         10
UWA student life                                              12
Taking you global                                             13
A world-leading course model                                  14
Undergraduate majors
    Bachelor of Commerce                                      16
    Bachelor of Arts                                          18
    Accounting                                                20
    Asian Studies                                             22
    Business Law                                              23
    Chinese Studies                                           24
    Communication and Media Studies                           25
    Criminology                                               26
    Economics                                                 28
    Finance                                                   30
    Human Resource Management                                 32

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    Japanese Studies                                          33
    Law and Society                                           34
    Management                                                35
    Marketing                                                 36
    Philosophy                                                38
    Philosophy, Politics and Economics (double major)         39
    Political Science and International Relations             40
    Professional Economics (double major)                     41
    Psychology in Society                                     42
    Work and Employment Relations                             43
Postgraduate courses in business and law                      45
    Master of Applied Finance                                 46
    Master of Business Administration (MBA) Intensive         48
    Master of Business Administration (MBA) Flexible          49
    Master of Business Information and Logistics Management   50
    Master of Commerce                                        52
    Master of Commercial and Resources Law                    54
    Master of Economics                                       55
    Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation   56
    Graduate Certificate in Finance                           57
    Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations        58
    Master of International Development                       60
    Master of International Relations                         61
    Juris Doctor                                              62
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    Graduate Diploma of Law, Policy and Government            64
    Master of Law, Policy and Government                      65
    Master of Legal Practice                                  66
    Master of Marketing                                       67
    Master of Professional Accounting                         68
    Master of Public Policy                                   70
    Master of Strategic Communication                         72
    Graduate Certificate in Social Impact                     73
    Other courses                                             74
How to apply for an undergraduate course                      80
How to apply for a postgraduate course                        82
Alternative entry pathways                                    84

Entry pathways for Indigenous undergraduate students          85

Scholarships                                                  86
Undergraduate fees                                            88
Postgraduate fees                                             89
Supporting you                                                90
Contact us                                                    91
Course index                                                  91

Why study at UWA?

                                         Do you want to make your mark in the world?                         school accreditations in Europe and North America, meaning
                                         Studying at UWA equips you with invaluable                          employers around the world recognise the quality of a UWA
                                                                                                             degree in business.
                                         knowledge, exposure to industry and analytical,
                                         communication and problem-solving skills.
                                         The UWA Business School is one of the premier business              Take your degree global
                                         schools in the Asia-Pacific region. The School inspires and         As part of your learning experience at UWA, you can
                                         propels talented students from around the world to become           undertake a semester or year abroad. We have more than
                                         the respected and innovative academic, community and                180 exchange agreements with tertiary institutions around
                                         business leaders of tomorrow.                                       the world. If you can’t commit to a full semester away or
                                                                                                             want to build on your previous exchange experience, you can
                                         The UWA Law School is the leading one in Western Australia,         complete an internship, practicum, short course or research
                                         with a vision to nurture diverse legal minds and inspire just       program overseas.
                                         and innovative approaches to the global challenges of the
                                         21st century.

                                         Experience guest lecturers, case studies, mentoring and a           Connect with industry professionals
                                         suite of scholarships and prizes, all designed to help you          We celebrate strong industry partnerships, offering you
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                                         achieve at the highest level. Our connections with industry         practical, real-world experiences in addition to valuable
                                         allow you to engage with potential employers and ensure             networking opportunities. Our network of industry
                                         our teaching is constantly informed by practical, industry-         placements also allows you to find uncredited placements,
                                         relevant expertise.                                                 and for-credit placements or practicums can be arranged as
                                                                                                             part of your degree.

                                         Set yourself apart with a UWA degree. Our business,                 Pursue postgraduate study
                                         management and law courses equip you with the skills and            Pursuing a higher degree is one of the best personal
                                         knowledge to succeed on your career path. You will be taught        investments you can make. You’ll learn from experts in your
                                         by world-class lecturers with practical experience, using           field and make invaluable contacts before you graduate.
                                         state-of-the-art buildings and facilities.

                                                                                                             Global networks of knowledge and research
                                         Experience more than just study
                                                                                                             UWA’s world-class lecturers and researchers are equipped
                                         University life is about so much more than just study. We have      with the teaching technologies of tomorrow to deliver a high-
                                         more than 150 clubs and societies you can join to take part in      quality learning environment for students. A strong focus
                                         activities you already enjoy or get involved in something new.      on knowledge and research means you’ll be at the forefront
                                         There are events throughout the year, including O-Day Festival      of a rapidly evolving world and ready to succeed in your
                                         during orientation, food fairs, regional trips, wellness sessions   career of choice.
                                         and themed activity weeks.
                                                                                                             With more than 60 research institutes and centres,
                                                                                                             UWA fosters links with local, national and international

                                         International accreditations                                        industries and governments. The strength of our research
                                                                                                             output makes us appealing to researchers of international
                                         A degree from the UWA Business School is your passport to           standing, many of whom head major research centres
                                         the world. We are the only business school in Western Australia     with global connections. As a student this means you’ll
                                         accredited by both the European Quality Improvement                 benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our staff, with
                                         System (EQUIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate            networking opportunities that can lead to career possibilities
                                         Schools of Business (AACSB). These are leading business

                                                                                                             around the world.
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Ranked in the
world’s Top 100
(QS World University Rankings 2020)

                                                 Business and Law 2020 Study Area Guide
Highest ranked
university in
Western Australia
(QS World University Rankings 2020)

Ranked in the
world’s Top 100 for:
• Accounting and Finance
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• Law and Legal Studies
(QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)

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                                         UWA Business School
                                         The Business School is located in a modern building at the southern end of the UWA campus.
                                         It provides a collaborative learning environment bringing together our students, staff,
                                         alumni and industry.

                                         The ground floor consists of two large lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, a reception area and a
                                         cafeteria. The Business School Café is perfect for students who want to grab something to eat
                                         between classes or find a space to study.

                                         The Rosemarie Nathanson                    fund or at a real trading desk. What       Study spaces
                                                                                    used to take students weeks of manual
                                         Financial Markets                          data collecting can now be done in just    The building incorporates a range
                                         Trading Room                               a couple of keystrokes.                    of flexible spaces for you to meet,
                                                                                                                               work and learn. You’ll have access to
                                         The UWA Business School is proud                                                      computer labs, private study rooms
                                                                                    The Trading Room has more than
                                         to host a world-class trading room                                                    and lounge areas.
                                                                                    35 million financial instruments, from
                                         as a training tool for undergraduate,
                                                                                    stocks and bonds to currencies and
                                         postgraduate and PhD students.
                                                                                    commodities. You’ll discover four
                                         The Rosemarie Nathanson Financial
                                         Markets Trading Room provides a
                                                                                    million-plus gigabytes of historical       Scenic surrounds
                                                                                    market data at your fingertips.
                                         cutting-edge trading and analysis

                                                                                                                               Located next to the Swan River and
                                         centre, where users can gain access                                                   surrounded by native trees, the
                                         to real-time data from more than 400                                                  Business School building has been
                                         global markets.                            MBA Quarter                                designed to make the most of its
                                                                                    The MBA Quarter is a carefully-designed    natural surroundings and provides a
                                         With 50 financial terminals and data       quiet and secure private study space       calming and relaxed atmosphere.
                                         from ASX, NYSE and LSE available,          for MBA students to use during the day,

                                         students have an unprecedented                                                        Take a short stroll down to the river in
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                                                                                    evenings and weekends. With break-
                                         opportunity to further their studies and   out spaces, computers and coffee on        your breaks or just enjoy the view while
                                         gain a career edge. The Trading Room       hand, it’s the ideal place to work on      studying.
                                         offers access to industry-standard         your projects individually or in groups,
                                         tools you would find in a real hedge       and get to know your MBA colleagues.

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UWA Law School
Established in 1927, UWA Law School is the fifth oldest Law School in Australia and is Western
Australia’s premier Law School.

It has a long and proud history of excellence in legal education, research and service, and provides
a creative and supportive research, teaching and learning, and research environment that fosters
critical thought, ethical scholarship and practice, and connects with diverse communities.

Beasley Law Library                       UWA Mediation Clinic                       Law Courtyard
This bright and modern library            The UWA Mediation Clinic is the first      The Law Courtyard is central to
creates a comfortable and functional      comprehensive mediation clinic at an       the Law School experience. The
learning space for student research,      Australian university. The clinic offers   peaceful and green surrounds are
study or collaboration. Areas have        a tailored mediation service to staff,     home to several events across the
been equipped to function with            students, and members of the public        year, including the annual Blackstone
technological devices and an extensive    to help resolve University-related,        Courtyard show, R U OK? Day BBQ and
database, making it easier to use         workplace, family or community             daily tennis table tournaments.
for students while also holding an        conflict. The clinic is dedicated to
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impressive collection of law journals     providing excellence in the practice,      The courtyard is also home to several
and articles. The building was            research and teaching of mediation.        artworks by Dr Richard Walley OAM,
refurbished in 2017 as part of the Law                                               reminding us that we are situated on
School’s 90th anniversary celebrations.                                              Whadjuk Boodjar land where law has
                                                                                     been practiced for thousands of years.
                                          Moot Court
                                          The Moot Court gives you the chance
                                          to practice court or arbitration
                                          proceedings in an environment that
                                          simulates the real thing. Draft your
                                          memorials or memoranda and practice

                                          your oral arguments in teams within

                                          this unique setting.

Business School highlights

                                         Marketing: where                           Investigating the
                                         strategy and creativity                    impact of the gig
                                         collide                                    economy
                                         Andrea Bradbury scraped into the           Emerging changes in technology
                                         Communications Council graduate            and the global economy are
                                         program in her final year at UWA, in       currently disrupting the nature of
                                         what she describes as the luckiest         work and reshaping employment
                                         day of her life. From there she got        relations. One major area of digital
                                         her first advertising job in an agency,    disruption is ‘gig economy’, with
                                         where she worked with a variety of         work facilitated through online             UWA students
                                         clients before moving to client-side       platforms such as Uber or Airtasker.
                                         marketing after two years.                                                             acknowledged as
                                                                                    The UWA Business School’s                   aspiring future leaders
                                         “My nerdy passion is strategic             Dr Caleb Goods is leading research
                                         thinking and creative solutions.                                                       Cameron Hee (Bachelor of
                                                                                    into the implications of the growth
                                         Good brands really understand                                                          Philosophy – Finance and
                                                                                    of work organised through such
                                                                                                                                Economics) and Raphael Parvin
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                                         the importance of marketing                platform, including how relations
                                         strategy being at the very core                                                        (Bachelor of Commerce –
                                                                                    are being reshaped between
                                         of their business - in terms of                                                        Accounting and Finance) were
                                                                                    employers, employees and their
                                         understanding what it is that their                                                    among four UWA students to
                                                                                    regulators. This research aims to
                                         company exists in the world to                                                         make it to the finals of the Top 100
                                                                                    inform policymaking to improve
                                         do. Then they use that strategy to                                                     Future Leaders Competition held
                                                                                    work experience in the gig
                                         make decisions on what products                                                        in Sydney in February 2019. The
                                         to sell, how to make them, where                                                       competition aims to bring together
                                         and how to sell them and what                                                          aspiring graduates and future
                                         function their brand plays in the                                                      graduate employers.
                                         lives of their consumers.”
                                                                                    High-tech heroes
                                                                                    They head one of the hottest start-
                                                                                    ups in Australia and count Hollywood
                                         Toe the Line                               stars Owen Wilson and Woody                 Hands-on social media
                                                                                    Harrelson among their backers.              experience
                                         Finance and Accounting graduates
                                         Yean Ng and Jack Sealy co-founded          Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht’s         Marketing students put their
                                         Toe the Line, a funky sock brand,          story begins back in 2007,                  learning into practice by working
                                         using the skills they gained in their      during their Bachelor of Arts               with top Perth agencies Clarity
                                         Bachelor of Commerce degrees.              and Commerce degrees at UWA.                Communications and Firefly 360
                                         A crowdfunding campaign for their          As Melanie helped fellow students           on a live campaign for the SOTA
                                         socks was fully funded in under            use complicated graphic design              Festival on WA Day 2019. The
                                         40 hours.                                  platforms, she perceived a gap in           Business School’s Trading Room
                                                                                    the market. They took out a loan,           transformed into a social media

                                         Scan to hear more:                         pulled together a tech team and             command centre, where students
                                                                                    went on to create Canva, a free             were involved in reaching 2 million
                                                                                    graphic design platform, which grew         people on social media, driving 70k
                                                                                    to have more than 10 million users          website sessions and getting 60k
                                                                                    around the world in five years and          people using the event hashtag
                                                                                    now employs around 200 people.              across one weekend.
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                                         Students get boardroom experience with Perth’s top executives
                                         Top UWA Bachelor of Commerce students get the unique opportunity to dine with industry leaders and UWA Business
                                         School corporate supporters as part of the Student Boardroom Lunch series. At exclusive lunch events with hosts such as
                                         EY, Resource Capital Funds, Wesfarmers, BDO, ATCO and Azure Capital, students are able to network and build their skills
                                         in a corporate environment.

Going global
Third-year UWA Commerce student, Ming
Luo, travelled to Durham University, UK,
through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s
Global Citizenship Exchange Program.

There, she worked on practical projects
including conducting an accessibility review
for St John’s College, planning an interactive
workshop about disability awareness for
                                                                  Academic profiles
students and staff, and researching initiatives
that recruiters have taken to enhance the
diversity and inclusivity of the workforce.       Dr Donella Caspersz                     Dr Paul Harrigan
She also took the opportunity to explore the
                                                  Exploring family                        Distinguished lecturer and
United Kingdom and learn about its varied         business identity in                    international social media
history and culture.                              the information age                     marketing consultant

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                                                  Dr Donella Caspersz is a published      UWA Senior Lecturer in
                                                  researcher, teacher and supervisor at   Marketing Dr Paul Harrigan is
                                                  the UWA Business School. She joined     an active consultant to several
                                                  UWA after completing a master’s and     organisations, advising how to
                                                  PhD in industrial sociology, focusing   build and implement a social media
                                                  on why people behave to change          marketing strategy. He uses this
                                                  their world.                            experience to teach students using
                                                                                          real-life, real-time examples and
                                                  She is highly involved in supervising   regularly invites guest speakers
                                                  PhD students and focuses on family      to give his students insight into
                                                  business, labour migration and          the industry.
                                                  employment relations.
Recognising student                                                                       His research has extended to a
excellence                                        One of Dr Caspersz’s current research
                                                  projects, in collaboration with
                                                                                          range of issues in social media
                                                                                          marketing, including customer
Around $35,000 worth of cash prizes are           colleagues from eight countries         engagement, customer relationship
awarded to Business School students each          around the world, relates to family     management, customer privacy
year. The top students in various units are       business identity and sustainability    issues, and corporate social
invited to a formal ceremony to receive           in the information age. She believes    responsibility. He is widely
these prestigious prizes from noteworthy          the work is highly important because    published in more than 30
individual and corporate donors.                  it addresses key issues of identity     journals around the world and
                                                  and sustainability of business,         provides expert opinions for major
                                                  people and the wider community.         media outlets.
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                                                  She has adopted a workshop
Financial facility scoops                         approach and conversational             “I love that what I research
international award                               style to lectures in the units she       and what I teach matters
                                                  teaches: Employment Relations;
The UWA Rosemarie Nathanson Financial             International Management;
                                                                                           to organisations and
Markets Trading Room gives students               Australian Employment Relations;         marketers out there.
access to over 400 global markets and             and Advanced Topics in
4 million gigabytes of historical market          Employment Relations.
                                                                                           My research helps me help
data. It has industry standard tools found                                                 them, and my teaching
in real hedge funds and trading desks that
offer students a cutting-edge experience.         “I love the ability to engage            helps my students

                                                   with people through                     help them.”

This world-class facility was recognised at
the 2018 AV Awards in London, where it was         research and find out
named Education Project of the Year.               curious things about their

Law School highlights

                                                                                  New in 2020                             Hands-on experiences
                                                                                  The Criminology major will              in humanitarian law
                                                                                  challenge students to apply
                                                                                                                          International Humanitarian Law
                                                                                  criminological theory to analyse
                                                                                                                          students get to experience life
                                                                                  contemporary challenges relating
                                                                                                                          in armed conflict and a refugee
                                                                                  to crime, victimisation, crime
                                                                                                                          camp through virtual and
                                                                                  prevention, and the criminal
                                                                                                                          augmented reality experiences.
                                                                                  justice system.

                                                                                  Drawing on knowledge and
                                         Making his mark                          perspectives from a range
                                         In 2013, UWA law student Akram
                                                                                  of disciplines including Law,           UWA Law Review
                                                                                  Psychology, History, Anthropology
                                         Azimi – who fled Afghanistan as                                                  UWA is home to Australia’s
                                                                                  and Geography, this major
                                         a refugee in 1999 – was named                                                    oldest university law journal,
                                                                                  structure will expose students
                                         Young Australian of the Year in                                                  first published in 1948. Current
                                                                                  to the breadth of issues being
                                         recognition of his dedication to                                                 law students form the Student
                                                                                  addressed by contemporary
                                         social justice.                                                                  Editorial Board. They are involved
                                                                                  Criminology. You’ll learn to
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                                                                                                                          in publishing articles on topics of
                                                                                  recognise, interpret, and critique
                                                                                                                          current national and international
                                                                                  contemporary trends in crime.
                                                                                                                          legal significance under the
                                                                                                                          supervision of a senior member
                                         Serving the community                                                            of the Academic Staff and the
                                                                                                                          advice of a distinguished Editorial
                                         UWA Law School Professor Richard                                                 Advisory Board.
                                         Krever received a Member of the
                                         Order of Australia in the 2019
                                         Australia Day honours list. He was
                                         recognised for his significant service
                                         to legal education, to taxation law
                                         and policy reform, and through                                                   Breaking down silos
                                         advisory roles.                                                                  Law graduate and Noongar woman
                                                                                                                          Krista McMeeken is passionate
                                                                                  Grand achievements                      about social justice. She’s working
                                                                                                                          to break down silos in the way
                                                                                  The current Chancellor of UWA,
                                                                                                                          we tackle big social issues by
                                                                                  Robert French AC, is a UWA Law
                                                                                                                          creating relationships between
                                                                                  School alumnus and Adjunct
                                                                                                                          organisations and connecting
                                                                                                                          people, their skills, talent, passion
                                                                                                                          and their ideas.
                                                                                  As well as being active in the
                                                                                  student union movement in his
                                                                                                                          Krista’s achievements include
                                                                                  undergraduate days, he was one of
                                                                                                                          winning the Law Society’s Legal

                                                                                  the first two students elected to the
                                                                                                                          Practitioner of the Year award in
                                                                                  UWA Senate, and an organiser of
                                                                                                                          2017, the Human Rights Awards
                                                                                  the first Guild peace march during
                                                                                                                          Young People’s Medal in 2012
                                                                                  the Vietnam War and anti-apartheid
                                                                                                                          and induction into the Western
                                         Over 90 years of                         protests against the touring South
                                                                                                                          Australian Women’s Hall of Fame
                                                                                  African rugby union team in 1972.
                                         excellence                                                                       in 2011.

                                         The UWA Law School was
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                                                                                                                          She devotes time to mentoring
                                         established in 1927, making it the
                                                                                                                          youth, as well as generating and
                                         oldest school of law in Western
                                         Australia. The School has a long         Top rankings                            supporting new ideas for the
                                                                                                                          success and sustainability of our
                                         and proud history of excellence          The UWA Law School is ranked            communities through various
                                         in legal education, research and         number 1 in WA and in the top 100       committees and boards.
                                         community service.                       in the world (QS World University
                                                                                  Rankings by Subject 2019).

Academic profiles

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Dr Joe Clare                                                    Assistant Professor Kate Offer
Criminologist and award-winning lecturer                        Exploring the evolution of technology in law
Dr Joe Clare is a researcher, teacher and Associate Professor   Assistant Professor Kate Offer is a legal academic, lecturer and
at UWA’s Law School.                                            Director of Disruption at UWA’s Law School, with an interest in
                                                                the intersection of law and technology.
He has undertaken applied research for universities and
governments in Australia and Canada aimed at preventing         After graduating from UWA, she practised law for five years,
problems using existing resources as effectively as possible.   and found a passion for teaching law when she took on a
                                                                casual role at UWA in 1996.
His current research projects include:
                                                                Kate developed the broadening unit Adulting: Law for
• policing research, focusing on the use of body-worn           Everyday Lives, which introduces the practical legal issues
    cameras in an operational context and the use of            that can arise in a young person’s life, and facilitates the unit
                                                                Legal APPtitude, where students work with not-for-profit
    diversionary options in Western Australia
                                                                organisations to build an app that solves a legal issue.
•   offender decision-making and crime prevention focused
    on elder abuse prevention, exploring links between          She also currently teaches in the units Torts; Evidence;
    offender movement patterns and expertise, and               Education Law; and Foundations of Law and Governance. With
    analysis of stolen goods trends                             her enthusiasm, sense of humour and constant testing of new
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                                                                techniques to improve student learnings, she has received
•   academic misconduct, with a focus on the prevention of
                                                                numerous awards and commendations for her teaching (both
    contract cheating in universities.                          at UWA and nationally).

He is committed to helping students become independent,
critical thinkers. Sharing his expertise in Criminology, he     “The world is changing so fast. We need to
uses technology to support this goal and integrates his          equip young people with different skills and
research with teaching whenever possible.
                                                                 different ways of thinking.”
Dr Clare teaches in the units Crime and Society; Law,
Justice and Social Policy; Criminal Justice Systems; and
Foundations of Law and Governance.

“I enjoy students’ enthusiasm for topics I find
 interesting and seeing them developing the
 capacity to critically review the world.”

UWA student life
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                                         Student Guild                               UWA Sport                                    UWA also owns a group of student
                                                                                                                                  accommodation known as Crawley
                                         We have a vibrant student life with         Immerse yourself in the opportunities        Village. This includes residential
                                         social activities on campus organised       available to you through sport               houses, units and studio apartments
                                         by the UWA Student Guild, the               and make your time at university             that are available to rent.
                                         representative student organisation.        unforgettable. Become a Fitness
                                                                                     Centre member and:                 
                                         The UWA Student Guild has a
                                         reputation for being one of the most        • Get access to more than 60 group
                                         active in Australia and provides the            fitness classes a week, state-of-the-
                                         following benefits for students:                art equipment, multiple training         The Cultural Precinct
                                                                                         zones, qualified instructors and free    The Cultural Precinct is UWA’s cultural
                                         • extra support for academic, financial         tickets to our popular masterclasses.    hub, supporting the music, theatre,
                                             or welfare matters affecting study      •   Kickstart your day with a run on the     dance, literature and exhibition
                                         • discounts on campus, at shops,                treadmills, or take time out with a      programs on campus. It also supports
                                             and for activities and services             lunchtime yoga class.                    broader arts and cultural events
                                             around Perth                            •   Practise your skills in squash,          that take place throughout the year,
                                         •   countless events including festivals,       basketball, or tennis on one of our      including collaborating with the
                                             workshops, end-of-semester parties,         many courts.                             Perth Festival.
                                             networking opportunities, and the       •   Join our interfaculty, intercollege or
                                             Guild Ball (formal dance) – not to          social competitions, or represent one
                                             mention more than 150 clubs and             of our 27 sport clubs.
                                             societies for you to join.              •   Sign up for our Recreate Short

                                                                                         Courses. With everything from salsa
                                                                                         to surfing, trips to Rottnest and
                                                                                         self-defence classes, there really is    The Guild Volunteering office helps
                                                                                         something for everyone.                  students find their ideal volunteering
                                                                                                                                  role. Many opportunities will be added
                                         The Guild Village                                                                        to your degree transcript and you can

                                         The Guild Village is a hive of activity                                                  choose from a range of fields.
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                                         and houses shops, food outlets, a
                                         medical centre, bank ATMs and other
                                         useful student amenities. A regular
                                                                                     Accommodation                                Check out what current students
                                         marketplace is held every week and is       Enjoy the ultimate student experience        get up to:
                                         the place to buy inexpensive, locally       and live only a few minutes away from
                                         made clothes, jewellery and more.           campus.                                          UWAstudents
                                                                                     UWA’s five residential colleges
                                                                                     are located directly opposite the
                                                                                     University.                                      uwastudents

Taking you global
Do you love to travel? As a UWA student you
have the opportunity to discover new cities and
experience other cultures with the UWA Student
Exchange Program. You can study at one of our
partner universities across Asia, Europe or North
or South America for one or two semesters while
continuing to gain credit towards your degree.

                        Choose to study overseas
                        for a semester or two,
                        or choose a short-term

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                        We offer more than
                        180 student exchange
                        partner universities

                        Gain credit towards
                        your degree while you

  “Exchange was without a doubt the best experience I
   have had, both at University and on a personal level. It
   was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that
   provided me with irreplaceable skills and rewards.

   The highlight of my exchange experience was meeting
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   new people from all over the globe, and in particular
   my group of friends, who I am still in contact with,
   despite us all living in different parts of the world.

   The prospect of living out of home for an extended
   period of time, as well as being away from my friends
   and family, was both daunting and exciting. But I would
   love to encourage other students to step out of their
   comfort zones and test their limits, because in tackling
   this challenge I personally reaped the greatest rewards.”

   Jacinta Mairead Cowan
   Psychology and Human Resource Management

A world-leading
                                                       course model

                                         The UWA course model is progressive, personalised and benchmarked against the world’s
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                                         leading universities.

                                         You can choose from five bachelor’s degrees: Arts, Biomedical Science, Commerce, Science and Philosophy – and you won’t
                                         be limited to one major. Our course model means you can major in two areas. Choosing to complete two majors during your
                                         three-year bachelor’s degree means you’ll broaden your knowledge across multiple disciplines.

                                         You also don’t need to confirm your major, or majors, until the end of first year, so you can explore your strengths and
                                         interests, without losing time or money. Once you’ve graduated from your first degree, you can go straight into the
                                         workforce or continue on to postgraduate study.

                                         A postgraduate degree gives you advanced knowledge and specialised skills, so you can take your career to the next level
                                         and become more attractive to employers. When you complete a postgraduate qualification at UWA, you’ll enter your
                                         career with a higher qualification than a double degree. Studying up to two majors in your bachelor’s degree – and raising
                                         your expertise to postgraduate level – gives you the qualifications and skills to succeed anywhere in the world.

                                         Glossary                                   Complementary units
                                         There are four types of units that make    These units go hand-in-hand with
                                         up your degree: core, broadening,          your major/s and are designed to
                                         complementary and elective. A unit         give you extra knowledge to help you
                                         is a subject that you study for one        complete your major.                         Our Future Students team

                                         semester.                                                                               is here to help.
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                                         Broadening units                           to complete your chosen major. Some          Monday to Friday
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                                         specialise. Undertaking broadening         Elective units                               8.30am–5.00pm (WST)
                                         units is a requirement of the              Also known as ‘free choice’ units,           131 UWA (131 892)
                                         University’s undergraduate degree          these units give you a great
                                         course structure.                          opportunity to explore other areas of
                                                                                    interest and expand your knowledge.

Study pathway
                 Choose your degree

    Arts   Biomedical Commerce       Science   Philosophy

              Choose one or two majors

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                 Select your core units and
                      additional units


                                     Graduate with an
                                     undergraduate degree
                                     prior to honours and/or
                                     postgraduate study

High-achieving students
may choose to undertake an
honours specialisation
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                                     Graduate with advanced
                                     knowledge and a higher
                                     qualification, making
                                     you more attractive to

 Global career

Bachelor of Commerce

                                                      Bachelor of Commerce

                                         Real-world experiences are at the heart of the Bachelor of Commerce. This degree
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                                         develops your analytical, communication and problem-solving skills, providing you
                                         with a global perspective on business and preparing you to pursue a career within
                                         the business, government or not-for-profit sectors.

                                         Learn from leading academics, develop         Commerce –                                Degree structure
                                         high-level industry networks and
                                         graduate with a degree that can take          highly cited alumni                       The Bachelor of Commerce offers
                                         you anywhere in the world. UWA’s                                                        eight majors enabling you to combine
                                                                                       Bachelor of Commerce alumni include:
                                         internationally accredited Business                                                     subjects in a way that matches your
                                         School celebrates strong links with
                                                                                       • Mark Barnaba                            career goals and personal interests.
                                         the business community, providing               Vice Chair and Lead Independent         You will have the opportunity to
                                         insight into leading industry practice.         Director of Fortescue Metals Group      choose a second major from the
                                         Whether you’re hearing from an industry         and member of the Board of the          Bachelor of Commerce or from the
                                         guest lecturer, attending a career                                                      majors available in the Bachelor of
                                                                                         Reserve Bank of Australia
                                         event, receiving an industry-sponsored                                                  Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science
                                                                                       • Richard Goyder                          or Bachelor of Science degrees. You do
                                         scholarship or attending an exclusive
                                         lunch with corporate executives, you can        outgoing Managing Director and CEO      not need to choose your final major(s)
                                         confidently apply your skills in real-world     of Wesfarmers                           until your second year, so you can try
                                         situations. And, with a multitude of          • Loretta Tomasi                          out two or three different subjects to
                                         Business School student societies, you          former CEO of the English               see which interests you most.
                                         can attend professional development,            National Opera
                                         networking and social events, all while
                                                                                                                                 Industry connected

                                         taking part in a student-managed
                                         investment fund, leading a social             Put theory into practice                  Our Business School courses are
                                         entrepreneurship project or launching                                                   influenced by the Business School
                                                                                       Current UWA students are eligible
                                         your own start-up enterprise.                                                           Board, a group of industry leaders who
                                                                                       to take one of our professional
                                                                                                                                 ensure content remains current and
                                                                                       experience units. These units bridge
                                                                                                                                 students are prepared for their chosen
                                         Why study a Bachelor of                       the gap between university and the
                                                                                                                                 career when entering the workforce

                                                                                       workplace by providing opportunities
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                                                                                                                                 as well as giving a key insight into
                                                                                       to gain hands-on, practical experience.
                                                                                                                                 what employers are looking for when
                                         As a Commerce graduate, you’ll have the       You can master new skills, make
                                                                                                                                 hiring graduates.
                                         knowledge and skills to tackle some of        connections and network, get a taste
                                         the greatest challenges facing the world.     of the opportunities in the workforce
                                                                                                                                 Strong industry contacts will give
                                         You could find yourself working at a          and add experience to your resume,
                                                                                                                                 you the added advantage of growing
                                         global advertising agency, starting your      all before graduating.
                                                                                                                                 quality networks to draw on when
                                         own social enterprise or entering the                                                   you graduate.
                                         world of corporate finance, among many
                                         other career destinations. Where will
                                         your Commerce degree take you?

Bachelor of Commerce
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    Accounting alumna – Karishma Mehta
   “I graduated with a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine in 2012 with an academic award, but I didn’t enjoy that work so I made
    the career (and life-changing) decision to study accounting at UWA in 2015. This was not an easy decision to make as I was
    filled with a lot of doubt as to what the outcome was going to be and whether I would enjoy it, especially having made a
    complete U-turn from the medical side to business. UWA’s Business School has provided me with a very positive student
    experience and every opportunity to succeed in the real world. More importantly, my experience taught me an important
    life lesson: if things do not go to plan, never be afraid to make the change because better prospects may await you.”

    Karishma Mehta – Bachelor of Commerce

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                                             30+                                       EQUIS
                                            CORPORATE                                  AACSB
       STUDENT                             SUPPORTERS4                               ACCREDITED5
       SOCIETIES 3

1 75 ATAR for Broadway UWA, see page 84 for more information.

2 Four years if undertaking a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Visit for more information.
3 Including the Economics and Commerce Student Society, Student Managed Investment Fund, UWA Consulting Society, and Marketing and Management
   Association of UWA.
4 Recent supporters include ATCO, BHP, BT Financial Group, Wesfarmers Limited, Perth Energy, Woodside, Resource Capital Funds and many more.
5 The UWA Business School is accredited through the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of
   Business (AACSB).

Bachelor of Arts

                                                             Bachelor of Arts
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                                         The Bachelor of Arts degree at UWA offers you a unique learning experience with the
                                         flexibility and depth to pursue your passion while gaining transferable skills for a future-
                                         proof career in a diverse range of fields.

                                         The UWA Bachelor of Arts is one of         Relations. Or participate in our            Beyond your degree
                                         the most diverse degrees in Western        innovative language programs to
                                         Australia, with 38 majors to choose        equip you with linguistic skills and an     Gaining demonstrable transferable
                                         from. Spanning music and design to         enhanced cultural understanding.            skills and experience via the UWA
                                         law, humanities and social sciences,                                                   Bachelor of Arts sets you apart and
                                         our Bachelor of Arts gives you the         UWA’s Bachelor of Arts sets you on          prepares you for the future. As an Arts
                                         lifelong skills employers seek, for an     the path to becoming a global citizen.      graduate, you are equipped with a
                                         immediate competitive edge in the          Study abroad for a semester or two          well-rounded education in addition
                                         employment market. This is evidenced       at one of our renowned partner              to excellent communication, research
                                         by the fact that our graduates enjoy the   universities with which we have an          and technical skills that allow you
                                         highest average starting salaries for      exchange agreement, or choose from          to enter many different careers.
                                         Bachelor of Arts graduates in Australia    our range of short international study      You can also choose to complete
                                         (University Rankings Australia, 2018).     units. You can also learn a language,       postgraduate studies to pursue a
                                                                                    with four Asian and four European           professional career or to give you a
                                         Studying the Bachelor of Arts at UWA       languages to choose from.                   competitive edge in a rapidly changing
                                         allows you to take courses from a                                                      workforce. Successful UWA graduates
                                         range of subjects, from the earliest                                                   include politicians, ambassadors,
                                         days of humanity and history in                                                        authors, composers, journalists,
                                                                                    Why study a Bachelor                        anthropologists, historians, policy

                                         Archaeology or Classics and Ancient
                                         History, to cutting-edge technologies      of Arts?                                    advisers and teachers, to name a few.
                                         of performance and creativity              Studying Arts equips you for every
                                         in Music Studies, Architecture or
                                                                                    aspect of life. It enables you to
                                         Communication and Media Studies.
                                                                                    discover your talents, interests and
                                                                                                                                Practical experience
                                                                                    abilities, and develop them fully.          You could also choose to undertake
                                         Tackle the great challenges facing

                                                                                    You’ll acquire transferable skills such     the Arts Practicum as part of your
                                         society with a major in Philosophy,
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                                                                                    as critical thinking, communication,        course. This provides you with the
                                         Political Science and International
                                                                                    reasoning and problem-solving. These        chance to work on a supervised
                                         Relations, Criminology, Gender Studies
                                                                                    proficiencies are all highly sought-after   project in a workplace of your choice,
                                         or Anthropology and Sociology.
                                                                                                                                while earning credit towards your
                                         Develop critical cultural engagement       and valued by employers and will
                                                                                                                                degree. You’ll gain practical workplace
                                         with a major in History or English and     provide you with many future career
                                                                                                                                experience and industry connections,
                                         Literary Studies. Make a difference        opportunities.                              helping you gain the skills to launch a
                                         to your community with a major in
                                                                                                                                successful career.
                                         Psychology, Human Geography and
                                         Planning, or Work and Employment


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    Ian Tan – Politics and History
    “I have always had a natural interest in both political
    science and history, so they were natural choices for me
    to study at uni. I’m enjoying the quality of the lectures
    and the content being studied, but my favourite aspect
    would be the excellent facilities here, especially after the
    recent refurbishment of Social Sciences and Arts rooms.

    I am also a Vice-President of the UWA Politics Club,
    which is a great forum for people who are interested in
    politics. It has a focus on domestic politics, and hosts
    a range of events including debates, quiz nights and
    mock parliaments.”

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      RANKED IN THE                         GAIN                                                                       GLOBAL
        WORLD’S                                                                       AVERAGE
                                        TRANSFERABLE                                                                   CAREER
     TOP 100                               SKILLS
       UNIVERSITIES3                                                                   SALARY3

1 75 ATAR for Broadway UWA, see page 84 for more information.
2 Four years if undertaking a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Visit for more information.
3 QS World University Rankings 2020.

Undergraduate Majors

                                         PREREQUISITES: Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit completed in your first year

                                         RECOMMENDED: Mathematics Methods ATAR

                                         This major is available via the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

                                         Accounting prepares you for a career across                                Course structure
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                                         borders. Acknowledged as ‘the language                                     Level 1 Core units
                                         of business’, accounting is spoken by all                                  • Financial Accounting
                                         organisations – big and small – all government                             • Introduction to Finance
                                         agencies and departments, and all not-for-profit
                                         institutions around the globe.                                             Level 2 Core units
                                                                                                                    • Corporate Accounting
                                         Accounting is essential for monitoring and guiding business                • Management Accounting
                                         operations to enable managers to gain an accurate and up-to-
                                         date picture of the financial health of their organisations.               Optional
                                                                                                                    • Taxation
                                         Our Accounting major focuses on the preparation,
                                         interpretation and communication of accounting information                 Level 3 options
                                         that is essential for effective decision-making within an
                                                                                                                    Level 3 Options (Select four, or three if Taxation unit is chosen
                                         organisation. You can choose to undertake focused study in
                                                                                                                    at Level 2, including at least one from Financial Accounting:
                                         financial or management accounting, or complete a more
                                                                                                                    Theory and Practice or Strategic Management Accounting):
                                         generalised program of study covering a range of accounting
                                                                                                                    • Advanced Corporate Accounting
                                         subjects in greater depth.
                                                                                                                    • Auditing
                                                                                                                    • Contemporary Managerial Accounting
                                         Our course is fully accredited by the three professional
                                                                                                                    • Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice
                                         accounting bodies (Chartered Accountants Australia and New
                                                                                                                    • Financial Statement Analysis
                                         Zealand, CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants).
                                                                                                                    • Performance Measurement and Evaluation
                                         As a result, our graduates are highly sought-after by employers.
                                                                                                                    • Strategic Management Accounting

                                                                                                                    Complementary units

                                                                                                                    Students nominating Accounting as their degree specific
                                                                                                                    major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of
                                                                                                                    Philosophy (Honours) course must also study:
                                                                                                                    • Economic and Business Statistics
                                                                                                                    • Introduction to Marketing
                                                                                                                    • Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
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                                                                                                                    • Organisational Behaviour

Undergraduate Majors
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                          INTAKE                                  ATAR
                                             FULL-TIME OR                              3
                        SEMESTER 1,
                        SEMESTER 2
                                                                  80                 YEARS
                                                                                                     PERTH &
                                                                                                  (selected Level 1 units)

Course accreditation

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                                                                “In my two years at UWA I have not only
The Accounting major is recognised by Australian and
international professional bodies as a critical step
                                                                 thoroughly enjoyed my course but have become
towards gaining professional accreditation. You can seek         really involved in many of the student-run
accreditation with Chartered Accountants Australia and           clubs and societies on campus. It has allowed
New Zealand, CPA Australia and the Institute of Public           me to network and make friends, as well as
Accountants. Some additional electives may be required.          continue with and discover new hobbies and
                                                                 passions. My course and involvement in campus
Career opportunities                                             culture has opened many doors and left me
The Accounting major offers a variety of career paths in         confident to enter the workforce. I chose to
the private and public sector, public accounting firms,          study Accounting and Marketing because I knew
small business and self-employment. Professional
accountants are employed as company directors, board
                                                                 both would provide me with a fantastic overall
members, chief executive officers and partners in business.      understanding of how businesses operate and
                                                                 the world of commerce. I really enjoy being able
Further study options                                            to use creativity and research in my Marketing
After completing the Accounting major, you can pursue further    major while developing more analytical and
studies at honours level or undertake a master’s degree          number-based skills in Accounting.”
such as the Master of Commerce or (after appropriate work
experience) the Master of Business Administration.              Jessica Baldock
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 Find out more about the Accounting
 and Finance Department at UWA

Asian Studies
Undergraduate Majors

                                         PREREQUISITES: None                                                                              DURATION
                                         RECOMMENDED: None                                                                                    3               LOCATION

                                         This major is available via the Bachelor of Arts or                               80               YEARS
                                         Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
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                                         Asia is home to two-thirds of                         Course structure                           "Originally I chose an Asian
                                         the world’s population and                            Level 1 Core units                         Studies unit as an elective to
                                         some of the most dynamic and                          • Asia from Colonial to Modern             complement my other study
                                         fascinating societies on the                          • Asian Societies and Cultures             areas. I found looking into the
                                         planet. From cultures, history                                                                   cultural aspects of societies
                                         and politics, through to religion,                    Level 2 Options (select two)               and studying the reasons why
                                         gender and environmental                              • Australia and Asia                       people interact in specific
                                         issues, you can explore the                           • Culture, Society and                     ways due to their cultural
                                         issues facing Australia’s nearest                       the State in Asia                        backgrounds fascinating. I
                                                                                               • Environment, Power
                                         neighbours. Asian Studies is an                         and Disasters in Asia
                                                                                                                                          decided to continue studying
                                         excellent complement to studies                       • Popular Culture in Asia                  Asian Studies because of this."
                                         in business and law for students
                                         seeking an international career.                      Level 3 Options (select four)              Georgia Watterson
                                                                                               • Contemporary Korean Society
                                         This major provides knowledge and a                   • Democratisation in Asia
                                         solid basis for critically understanding              • Gender and Power in Asia
                                         the great diversity of cultures, societies            • Indonesian Politics and Culture
                                         and political systems of Asia, including              • Issues in Japanese Society
                                         China, Indonesia and Japan. It explores                 and Culture
                                         the impacts of the great religious and                • Social Issues in
                                         philosophical traditions of the region                  Contemporary China
                                         such as Buddhism, Hinduism and
                                         Islam, and investigates the dramatic

                                         changes colonialism, revolutions and                  Career opportunities
                                         modernisation have brought to the                     Graduates have excellent employment
                                         region. You’ll examine topics as diverse              prospects in Australia and in the rising
                                         as popular culture, gender relations,                 economies of Asia. Many employers
                                         environmental issues, political                       in Australia and Asia – including
                                         transformations, the media and                        human rights, education, tourism and

                                         Australia’s relations with the region.                media organisations, the Department
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                                         This major does not require you to                    of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the
                                         learn an Asian language.                              World Bank, and the United Nations
                                                                                               – give priority to the employment
                                                                                               of graduates with an Asia-related
                                         Popular study combinations                            academic background.
                                         •   Business Law
                                         •   Economics
                                         •   Management                                        Further study options
                                         •   Marketing                                         This major lays the foundation for
                                                                                               further study options at honours and
                                                                                               postgraduate level.
Business Law

                                                                                                                                           Undergraduate Majors
PREREQUISITES: Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics                             DURATION                 LOCATION
unit completed in your first year
RECOMMENDED: Mathematics Methods ATAR
                                                                              80              YEARS
                                                                                                                   PERTH &
This major is available via the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of
Philosophy (Honours)                                                                                            (selected Level 1 units)

Gain a solid understanding of                    Course structure*                       Career opportunities

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the Australian legal system and                  Level 1 Core units                      Business Law graduates are well
how it impacts on business and                   • Company Law
                                                                                         qualified for a variety of roles in private
commercial transactions.                         • Financial Accounting
                                                                                         and government sectors. These include
                                                                                         careers in accountancy (with appropriate
                                                 • Introduction to Law
Business Law is an ideal major for                                                       further qualifications), business
anyone planning a career in the business                                                 management, marketing, international
                                                 Level 2 Core units
or government sectors. This major also                                                   trade, banking and finance, public
lays the foundations for successful              • Commercial Law                        service, industrial relations, human
postgraduate studies in law.                     • Legal Framework of Business           resource management and related
                                                                                         professions, and endeavours that draw
You’ll learn about the law relating to           Level 3 Core units                      on an appropriate level of knowledge of
contract, torts, corporations, agency,           • Business Law in Practice              business law.
partnership, fiduciary obligations,              • Taxation Law
taxation, banking, finance, intellectual                                                 Further study options
property, competition, consumer                  Level 3 Options (Select one)            Students can choose to take on
protection and international trade.              • Intellectual Property and China’s     additional postgraduate studies
You’ll learn how to recognise and                  Innovation-based Economy              including the Juris Doctor, Master
analyse potential legal problems that            • International Commercial Law          of International Law, Master of
can arise from common business                   • International Investment Law          International Commercial Law or
transactions. You’ll acquire knowledge
                                                                                         Honours in Business Law.
and skills that empower you to
                                                 Complementary units
intelligently request, understand
and act on legal services and advice.            Students nominating Business Law          “My favourite aspect of studying
                                                 as their degree-specific major in the
A strong grounding in business law is                                                       at UWA is the lifestyle it provides
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increasingly being seen as an attractive         Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor
                                                 of Philosophy (Honours) course must        you. There are so many things
attribute for potential employers,
                                                 also study:                                to do and be part of and so
as the accountability and personal
liability of professionals, business             • Economic and Business Statistics         many opportunities to enhance
managers and public servants                     • Introduction to Marketing                your career prospects. My
continues to grow.                               • Microeconomics: Prices and Markets       current goal is to complete
                                                 • Organisational Behaviour
                                                                                            the Juris Doctor and become
Popular study combinations                                                                  a lawyer. I would particularly
•   Accounting                                                                              enjoy a career in intellectual
•   Finance                                                                                 property law.”

•   Human Resource Management

•   Management                                                                               Nathan Giacci

Chinese Studies
Undergraduate Majors

                                         PREREQUISITES: None                                                                                                         DURATION
                                         RECOMMENDED: None                                                                                                                 3                       LOCATION

                                         This major is available via the Bachelor of Arts or                                              80                           YEARS
                                         Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

                                         More than one billion people                          Level 2 Pre-intermediate                   Plus one of the following:
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                                         speak Chinese (Mandarin),                             • Chinese 4                                • Australia and Asia
                                                                                               • Chinese 5                                • Culture, Society and the State in Asia
                                         making it the world’s most                                                                       • Environment, Power
                                         spoken language. Study Chinese                        • Chinese 6
                                                                                                                                             and Disasters in Asia
                                         alongside business or law and                         Level 3 Pre-intermediate                   • Popular Culture in Asia
                                         open up doors to an exciting                          • Chinese 7
                                                                                                                                          Level 3 Advanced
                                         international career.                                 • Chinese 8
                                                                                               • Social Issues in Contemporary China      • Chinese 9
                                         The Chinese Studies major caters to                                                              • Chinese 10
                                         language levels from beginner to native               Level 1 Intermediate 4                     • Social Issues in Contemporary China
                                         speaker and develops language skills,                 • Chinese 3                                1
                                                                                                                                              When enrolling, students will complete a
                                         cultural literacy and knowledge of                    • Chinese 4                                    questionnaire about their knowledge of Chinese,
                                         modern China. Classes focus on practical                                                             after which they will be told which major is
                                                                                               Plus one of the following:
                                                                                                                                              appropriate for their level of Chinese.
                                         Chinese (reading, writing, speaking                   • Asia from Colonial to Modern             2
                                                                                                                                              This major is incompatible with a pass in Chinese:
                                         and listening).                                       • Asian Societies and Cultures                 Background Language ATAR or higher.
                                                                                                                                              Admission to this major requires a pass in
                                         Course structure1                                     Level 2 Intermediate                           Chinese: Background Language ATAR. It is
                                         Chinese Studies is offered in four                    • Chinese 5                                    incompatible with a pass in Chinese: Second
                                                                                               • Chinese 6                                    Language ATAR.
                                         streams, for a range of entry levels.
                                                                                               Plus one of the following:
                                                                                                                                              Admission to this major requires a pass in
                                                                                                                                              Chinese: Second Language ATAR.
                                         Level 1 Beginners      2
                                                                                               • Australia and Asia                       5
                                                                                                                                              This major is available to students assessed by
                                         • Chinese 1                                           • Culture, Society and the State in Asia       the discipline as native or near-native speakers.
                                         • Chinese 2                                           • Environment, Power
                                         Plus one of the following:                               and Disasters in Asia                   Study Abroad
                                         • Asia from Colonial to Modern                        • Popular Culture in Asia
                                                                                                                                          China Field Study

                                         • Asian Societies and Cultures
                                                                                               Level 3 Intermediate                       (equivalent to one Chinese
                                         Level 2 Beginners                                     • Chinese 7                                Studies Level 2 or 3 unit)
                                         • Chinese 3                                           • Chinese 8                                Provides intensive language and culture
                                         • Chinese 3A                                          • Social Issues in Contemporary China      studies during summer holidays at
                                         • Chinese 4                                                                                      Beijing Language and Culture University
                                                                                               Level 1 Advanced5

                                         Level 3 Beginners                                     • Chinese 5                                Career opportunities
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                                         • Chinese 5                                           • Chinese 6
                                                                                                                                          There is a growing demand for graduates
                                         • Chinese 6                                           Plus one of the following:
                                                                                                                                          with knowledge of Chinese and China.
                                         • Social Issues in Contemporary China                 • Asia from Colonial to Modern
                                                                                                                                          Graduates find careers in state and
                                                                                               • Asian Societies and Cultures
                                         Level 1 Pre-intermediate3                                                                        federal government departments, and in
                                                                                               Level 2 Advanced                           resources, finance, teaching and tourism.
                                         • Chinese 3
                                         • Chinese 3A                                          • Chinese 7
                                                                                               • Chinese 8
                                                                                                                                          Further study options
                                         Plus one of the following:
                                         • Asia from Colonial to Modern                                                                   This major can lead to further study at
                                         • Asian Societies and Cultures                                                                   honours and postgraduate level, such
                                                                                                                                          as the Master of Translation Studies.
Communication and Media Studies

                                                                                                                                 Undergraduate Majors
PREREQUISITES: None                                                                           DURATION
                                                                                  ATAR                            LOCATION
RECOMMENDED: None                                                                                 3
This major is available via the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of
                                                                                  80            YEARS
Philosophy (Honours)

Communication and Media                              Popular study combinations

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                                                                                              “I love the location and the
Studies is one of the most                           • Management                              campus; it’s very calming
exciting and rapidly evolving                        • Marketing
                                                     • Work and Employment Relations
                                                                                               walking around uni every day.
areas of study in today’s media-
                                                                                               Classes are well organised and
driven world.
                                                     Course structure                          lecturers are always willing to
This major provides you with practical                                                         help. I chose communications
                                                     Level 1 Core units
communication and digital media                                                                and media because it can lead
                                                     • Cultures, New Media and
skills, along with essential theoretical                                                       to multiple career pathways
knowledge, to help you engage with                     Communications
                                                     • Power, Participation and Meaning        that I am interested in, for
and develop a critical understanding
                                                                                               example, creative director and
of complex media environments. What
we know of the world and how we act                  Level 2 Core units                        public relations specialist.”
in it is critically related to our use of            • Communication and Mass Media
communication technologies, from                     • Digital Media                          Elizabeth Nguyen
language to screen, and from text to
social networks. This major provides                 Level 3 Core units
you with practical communication                     •   Designing Play
skills along with essential theoretical              •   Journalism in Practice
knowledge and includes training in                   •   Media Enterprise in Transition
the use of the latest digital multimedia             •   Media Production Project
technology. You will work collaboratively
on creative projects and have the
opportunity to gain experience in                    Career opportunities
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communication technology and                         Graduates are highly sought after
media production while critically                    in areas such as journalism, media,
reflecting on the relationship between               advertising, public relations,
communication, media and culture.                    multimedia, public administration,
                                                     business, government and education.

                                                     Further study options
                                                     This major lays the foundation
                                                     for further study at honours and
                                                     postgraduate level, such as a
                                                     Master of Strategic Communication,

                                                     Master of International Relations or a

                                                     Master of Commerce.

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