Broadening units

Why do I need to take ‘broadening units’ under UWA's course structure?
Broadening your study at an undergraduate level ensures you're a well-rounded graduate, giving you a global perspective that prepares you for success in a changing and increasingly international workplace. Australian and international employer groups and professional associations continually emphasise their need for graduates who have not only developed specific discipline knowledge, skills and understanding, but who have also acquired a broader suite of 'transferable' skills that prepares them for employment in a changing world.

To achieve this broader education you must complete at least four units that are designated as broadening units.

Broadening units are a requirement of all five bachelor’s degrees and provide you with knowledge beyond the fields in which you choose to specialise. Broadening units fall into two categories - A and B.
  • Category A broadening units have some aspect of the globalised and culturally diverse environment as their main focus. To satisfy broadening requirements you must include at least one Category A broadening unit in your course. You can take up to two Category A broadening units within your area of knowledge. (Your 'area of knowledge' is determined by your chosen degree-specific major within your degree.)
  • Category B broadening units can be chosen from any discipline outside the knowledge area of your degree.
Broadening units also give you the opportunity to study overseas through an approved Student Exchange or Study Abroad program.
Visit the UWA Handbook for full details on the broadening requirements, including a full list of broadening units and course rules.

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