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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Political and Social Inquiry
Campus(es)Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton

Notes

  • A first-year sequence only is offered on the Berwick campus. Berwick students wishing to complete a minor or major in politics will need to travel to the Clayton or Caulfield campus.

Description

Politics is a very broad discipline, which tends to overlap continually with all the other major humanities and social science disciplines. It is, therefore, an excellent discipline for learning about the interrelationships that exist in the human world, and for acquiring a diverse range of interpretive, analytic and synthetic (especially conceptual) skills. The discipline is not just concerned with the study of government, policy or political institutions; it also studies resource allocation, decision making, social behaviour and political action, the management or resolution of conflict, power struggles, the struggle for political freedom, ideologies and political movements, the nature of the state and relations between states. It is especially concerned with the nature of power and authority, with 'practical understanding', with the relations between theory and practice, and with the series of arguments which are created by the continual struggle by human beings to maintain their social existence and to devise more desirable and more satisfactory forms of human community.

Politics at Monash aims to offer students up-to-date coverage and explanation of many aspects of the contemporary world - developed and underdeveloped - coupled with a solid intellectual grounding in the key debates, texts and traditions of inquiry that one finds in the humanities and social sciences. The Monash politics program specialises in three broad areas:

  • politics and governance: Australia and the world
  • international relations and global politics
  • political theory and philosophy.

Students may specialise in one or more of these areas, but are encouraged to choose their units so as to explore the different approaches to political studies.

Units

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in politics must complete two units (12 points) from the following:

  • INT1010 Contemporary worlds 1
  • INT1020 Contemporary worlds 2
  • PLT1020 Australian politics and government
  • PLT1031 Introduction to international relations
  • PLT1040 Introduction to international relations
  • PLT1050 Nature, law, revolution: Political ideas in context
  • PLT1120 Fanatics and fundamentalists: The global politics of violence

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in politics must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.

Only a maximum of 12 points of electives may be studied.

Available units include:

Electives

Units not offered in 2010

Electives:

* From 2004 this single unit replaces the previously offered PLT2150/PLT3150 (Nationalism 1: Global transformations) and PLT2152/PLT3152 (Nationalism 2: Interpretations). Students who completed PLT2150/PLT3150 prior to 2004 cannot complete the new version of PLT2152/PLT3152. However, if either of the older versions of the units (or both) were completed prior to 2004 they may still count them toward a major in politics.

Relevant Courses

Diplomas

  • 2454 Diploma in Arts (Politics)

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts - at Sunway
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1275 Bachelor of Communication
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication - at Sunway
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002b Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 3909 Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts