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How to add a global focus to your university degree

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Want to gain a global perspective and be twice as ready for the future? Find out how a double major as part of your Bachelor of Arts course can give you a competitive advantage over your peers.

Choosing a career path that allows for change is more important than ever. On average, people will have 17 different employers in their lifetime across a range of industries, and even countries. So how do you remain competitive in the job market?

Murdoch Lecturer in Global Studies, Dr Dean Aszkielowicz, says it’s all about adding a global perspective, keeping your skill set broad and ensuring you take full advantage of your time at university.

“You want to experience an education that is enriching, broadens your perspectives and teaches you skills and techniques for the future. One way to do this is by complementing your studies with a double major,” says Dr Aszkielowicz.

Why is it important to gain a global perspective throughout your studies?

In a world where the only constant is change, having a global perspective throughout your studies is essential for long-term career success and development. Particularly when studying a Bachelor of Arts, a global focus will open more windows of opportunity, broaden your perspective on the world, and help you to understand the challenges we face.

The Global Challenges major is the first of its kind in Western Australia and brings together future forecasting, entrepreneurship and innovation, politics, history, philosophy, economics, sustainability, design and IT to study societal problems and future trends.

If you’re driven to learn more about the issues that impact our planet, Global Challenges will teach you the foundations of how to manage changes in society and across multiple industries. It will allow you to envision, shape and prepare for future changes in society and keep you up to date with current trends that are the driving forces of business innovation.

You’ll use your newly developed research and analytical skills to understand the challenges we face and help anticipate and influence change in the future.

By choosing a degree that exposes you to different disciplines and ways of thinking, you will be prepared for an equally dynamic future. Other diverse majors available within the Bachelor of Arts and that complement Global Challenges include;

  • Global Politics and Policy. Explore how to deal with complex problems in our diverse and interconnected world.
  • History. Make sense of the world by looking at how things came to be the way they are today, and develop excellent research, analysis and communication skills.
  • Sociology. Explore how changes in the structure of society, the material world, the economy, cultural systems of beliefs and values influence us as members of society.
  • Philosophy. Become a systematic, skilled thinker and communicator by studying the history of human thought and ideas.
  • Community Development. Get people more involved in locally designed projects, experience different examples of community development projects and learn about the history of community work, policy and the diversity of communities.
  • International Aid and Development. Find ways to help reduce poverty, work on international aid and development projects and create change within communities.

Why study a Bachelor of Arts at Murdoch?

A Bachelor of Arts at Murdoch opens you up to courses that focus on  global perspectives, meaning you will learn from leading industry experts with an international outlook and gain a deeper understanding of different international contexts that are relevant to your studies.

Murdoch is also in the top 20 per cent of universities in Australia for teaching quality and ranked five stars for student support, according to the Good Universities Guide 2021.

Interested to know more? Find out how adding a Global Challenges major to your degree can enhance your global outlook.
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12 Oct 2020

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