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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titlePGradDipArts(Res)
CRICOS code058767G
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Sunway)
Off-campus (Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland)

Notes

  • 'Applied linguistics' is only available off-campus (Clayton).

Description

This course provides a transition between the bachelors degree and research masters or PhD, enabling students both to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary and to demonstrate their suitability for higher research in their chosen discipline. For more detail see the individual discipline entries in the 'Requirements' section below.

Disciplines offered

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Japanese linguistics
  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Asian studies
  • Australian Indigenous studies
  • Bioethics
  • Chinese
  • Classical studies
  • Communications
  • Comparative literature and cultural studies
  • Criminal justice
  • Critical theory
  • Drama and theatre studies
  • English
  • English as an International Language
  • Environmental science
  • European studies
  • Film and television studies
  • French studies
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • History-politics
  • Indonesian
  • International development and environmental analysis
  • Islamic studies
  • Italian studies
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Korean studies
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychological studies
  • Politics
  • Religion and theology
  • Social and Community Welfare
  • Sociology
  • Ukrainian studies
  • Visual culture
  • Women studies
  • Writing

Objectives

Students extend their undergraduate knowledge in a specific area of the humanities and social sciences through in-depth research, building upon their skills in the areas of research, analysis, writing and other forms of communication.

Structure

Students must successfully complete the requirements in one of the postgraduate areas of study listed below.

Requirements

Anthropology

Offered by the School of Political and Social Inquiry

Students complete 48 points including:

plus three additional units chosen from the following and selected in accordance with the student's research project:

Course coordinator

Dr Brett Hough

Applied Japanese linguistics

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students complete 48 points, including two core units and two electives.

Core units

  • AST4680 Research project A
  • JAL4610 Research methodology for applied linguistics

Electives

  • two units as approved by the course coordinator, usually applied Japanese linguistics or linguistics units
Course coordinator

Associate Professor Helen Marriott

Archaeology and ancient history

Offered by the School of Historical Studies

Students complete 48 points including a 12-point research unit, two core units and one 12-point elective chosen from the list below. Not all electives are available each year. Unless otherwise indicated, all units are taught at Clayton.

Research unit

  • AAM4001 Research project in archaeology and ancient history

Core units

Students complete a minimum of two core units chosen from the following:

  • AAM4060 Predynastic and early dynastic Egypt
  • AAM4740 Reading the ancient past
  • AAM4100 Research methods in classical antiquity

Electives

  • HYM4095 History and heritage
  • HYM4200 History and memory: Oral history, life stories and commemoration
  • HYM4510 History and the museum
  • HYM4950 Hidden transcripts: Cultural approaches to the past
  • one other approved 12 point unit
Course coordinator

Dr Colin A Hope

Contact: Liisa Williams

Asian studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students complete 48 points of level four units, including two 12-point core units, a 12-point research project and one of the following options:

(a.) a language sequence totalling 12 points

(b.) 12 points of electives selected from those offered at level four as part of the Asian studies program in the schedule of units available from the postgraduate coordinator in the Monash Asia Institute.

Students undertaking a 12-point coursework unit plus a 6-point language unit in the same semester will be considered full-time. To complete the program in one year, this option requires that two 12-point units and the other 6-point language unit be taken in the other semester. Students are advised to discuss this issue with the course coordinator when enrolling.

The selection of units and a research topic must be approved by the course coordinator. Normally each student's program will emphasise the following:

  • one disciplinary aspect of Asia or Australian-Asian relations
  • one region (for example East, South or Southeast Asia or a country which is related to their language studies).

An Asian language sequence is compulsory for students without any Asian language background. Applications for exemption without credit from language studies will be considered in special circumstances and whenever previous Asian language studies have been completed within a university degree or the student is a native speaker of an Asian language. Students exempted will choose an additional 12 points of level-four electives to obtain the required number of credit points for their degree.

Core units

  • AST4000 Contemporary issues in Asia
  • AST4110 Research project in Asian studies
  • AST4220 Investigating Asia
Course coordinator

Professor Marika Vicziany

Australian Indigenous studies

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

  • AIS4041 Interrogating race and power in Australian Indigenous studies
  • HUM4000(A) Dissertation Part 1
  • HUM4000(B) Dissertation Part 2
  • HUM4002 Selected topics in theory and practice
Course coordinator

Dr Andrew Gunstone

Bioethics

Offered by the School of Philosophy and Bioethics

Students complete both:

and two of:

  • CHB4102 Questions of life and death
  • CHB4203 Ethical issues in patient care
  • CHB4300 Human research ethics
Course coordinator

Dr Robert Sparrow

Chinese

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising two coursework units and a thesis.

Course coordinator

Dr Warren Sun

Classical studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising a core thesis (24 points) and coursework elective honours units (24 points) chosen from the electives listed below (all electives are 6 poins unless otherwise indicated):

Core units

Elective units

Course coordinator

Dr Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides

Communications

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Students complete 48 points at fourth-year level including a 24 point core research project and two coursework elective units chosen from the electives listed below.

Core units

One of the following options:

  • Research project (24 points)
  • Research project Part 1 (12 points) and Part 2 (12 points)

Research project units are chosen in consultation with the unit coordinator.

Elective units

  • COM4040 Current issues in international media and communications
  • COM4131 Contemporary media and communications theory
  • COM4203 Communication systems and networks
  • COM4204 Communication economies and society
  • COM4302 Media flows
  • COM4550 Eyewitness: Reportage, representation and war
  • a maximum of 12 points at fourth-year level from another discipline and/or institution with the permission of the school's communications postgraduate coordinator
Course coordinator

Dr Andy Ruddock

Offered by the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Malaysia

Students complete 48 points, including three core units and one additional level four unit chosen from the following electives and selected in accordance with the student's research project. Alternative units may be taken with the approval of the school graduate coordinator.

Core units

  • ASM4000 Research project
  • COM4010 Communication research: Issues and methodology
  • COM4020 Communication applied: Industry practice

Electives

With the permission of the head of Arts, a student will also be given a choice to undertake 24 points of a research component similar to an honours thesis, in addition to COM4010 and COM4020.

Course coordinator

Dr Helen Nesadurai

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

Course coordinator

Dr Sue Yell

Comparative literature and cultural studies

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Students complete two core units (24 points) and two electives (24 points) from the following lists.

Core units

Electives

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the comparative literature and cultural studies postgraduate coordinator.

Course coordinator

Professor Andrew Milner

Critical theory

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Students complete two core units (24 points) and two electives (24 points) from the following lists.

Core units

Electives

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the comparative literature and cultural studies postgraduate coordinator.

Course coordinator

Professor Andrew Milner

Drama and theatre studies

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Students complete 48 points at fourth-year level including a core unit and 24-point core dissertation, thesis or creative project, and one elective chosen from the list below.

Core units

  • DTH4000 Dramatic theory, criticism and research methods

plus one of the following options:

Elective units

  • DTH4002 Creating the new: Theatre and its experiments
  • DTH4003 Performance Investigation
  • DTH4004 Rethinking theatre history
  • an approved 12 point fourth year level unit from a related discipline with the approval of the course coordinator
Course coordinator

Dr Stuart Grant

English

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Students complete a dissertation, one core theory unit and two electives chosen from the list below.

Core units

Electives

  • CRT4030 Poetics
  • ENM4210 Writing the child
  • ENM4250 Gothic revivals
  • ENM4260 Writers and the creative process
  • ENM4270 Feminist poetics
  • ENM4370 Contemporary Australian poetry and fiction
  • ENM4580 Ireland, Swift, England: Special author subject
  • ENM4700 Drama of the age of Shakespeare
  • ENM4750 Exotic erotic other: World writing in English
  • ENM4760 Visions and revisions: Reworkings
Course coordinator

Dr Nina Philadelphoff-Puren

English as an International Language

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students complete two compulsory coursework honours units and a thesis.

  • EIL4101 Special topics in English as an international language (12 points)
  • EIL4201(A) English as an international language: Minor thesis and methodology part 1 and EIL4201(B) English as an international language: Minor thesis and methodology part 2
  • EIL4301 English as an international language: Multilingual identity (12 points)

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the English as an international langauge honours coordinator.

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Farzad Sharifian

Environmental science

Offered by the School of Geography and Environmental Science

Students complete a 24-point research project and 24 points of coursework units. Units are worth 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

Core units

  • ENV4020 Perspectives on environment and sustainability
  • ENV4040 Frontiers in sustainability and environment
  • ENV405C Research project (24 points)

Electives

  • approved elective unit(s) to the value of 12 points

If the student's previous background does not provide knowledge in particular areas, elective(s) would be chosen from:

  • ENV414F Ecological systems and management
  • BTX4200 Sustainability regulation
  • ENV4060 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability
  • GES4890 Earth system interactions: From biogeochemical cycles to global change
Course coordinator

Dr Stephen Legg

European studies

Offered by the Monash European and EU Centre

Students complete two coursework units and a thesis.

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the European studies postgraduate coordinator.

Course coordinator

Dr Natalie Doyle

Film and television studies

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Students complete 48 points at level four including one research unit, at least one methodology unit and electives chosen from the list below.

Research unit

  • FTM4120 Research essay in film and television studies

Methodology units

  • FTM4042 Historical film theory and criticism
  • FTM4052 Contemporary film theory and criticism

Elective units

  • FTM4220 Experimental screen culture
  • FTM4230 Critical studies in television
  • an approved 12 point level four unit from a related discipline with the approval of the course coordinator
Course coordinator

Dr Belinda Smaill

French studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students complete one of the following:

  • two coursework honours units and a 24-point thesis
  • three coursework honours units and a 12-point thesis

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the French studies postgraduate coordinator.

Course coordinator

Dr Philip Anderson

Geography

Offered by the School of Geography and Environmental Science

Students complete a 24 point research project and 24 points of coursework.

Core units

  • ENV405C Research project (24 pts)
  • GES4820 Seminar in geography (12 pts)
  • GES4840 Directed studies (12 pts)
Course coordinator

Dr Stephen Legg

German

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Candidates must complete units from those listed below including a research project. All units are12 points unless otherwise indicated:

  • GNM4165 Language and society: Sociolinguistics from a German perspective
  • GNM4275 Critics of civilisation
  • GNM4375 Special reading course
  • GHM4385 Age of Goethe

Research projects

  • GNM4166 German language and society: Research project
  • GNM4355 Research project in German studies
  • GNM4365 Research project in German studies (24 points)

Studies abroad

All graduate students are strongly encouraged to conduct a part of their studies in a German-speaking country. Assistance is provided in obtaining scholarships and arrangements exist with German universities enabling students to continue their courses under supervision and with a maximum of assistance.

Course coordinator

Dr Christiane Weller

History

Offered by the School of Historical Studies

Students complete two 12-point elective units and a 24-point research project.

Research project

Students choose from the following options;

  • HYM4105 Research project in history (24 points)
  • HYM4105A Research project in history - Part 1 (12 points) and HYM4105B Research project in history - Part 2 (12 points)

Elective units

Students complete two electives selected from the following:.

  • HYM4095 History and heritage
  • HYM4120 Reading and writing Australian history
  • HYM4165 Final journey: The life and death of European Jews, 1900-1945
  • HYM4175 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • HYM4180 Images of the natural world: Issues in environmental history
  • HYM4195 Israelis and Palestinians between war and peace
  • HYM4200 History and memory: Oral history, life stories and commemoration
  • HYM4260 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • HYM4270 Research methods in biography and life writing
  • HYM4440 Genocidal thought
  • HYM4490 Fascism, Nazism, and racial and social utopias
  • HYM4590 Imagining Europe: Representations and images of a continent
  • HYM4660 Recording oral history: Theory and practice
  • HYM4840 Text and community in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
  • HYM4950 Hidden transcripts: Cultural approaches to the past
  • ITM4010 Global justice: Civil and human rights after 1945
  • JWM4020 Zionism: The argument
  • JWM4040 Jewish literature of subversion
  • RLM4040 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • RLM4110 Sustainability and the sacred
  • RLM4140 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross-cultural analysis
Course coordinator

Dr Christina Twomey

Contact: Liisa Williams

History-Politics

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

Course coordinator

Dr Keith Wilson

Indonesian

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students complete two coursework honours unit and a thesis.

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the Indonesian postgraduate coordinator.

Course coordinator

Dr Brett Hough

International Development and Environmental Analysis

Offered by the School of Geography and Environmental Science

Students complete a 24 point research project and 24 points of coursework units.

Core units

  • IDA4230 Research in political ecology
  • IDA4140 Urbanisation and regional development in the Indo-Pacific rims or IDA4320 Doctrines of development
  • ENV405C Research project (24 pts)

Electives

  • approved elective unit(s) to the value of 12 points
Course coordinator

Dr Stephen Legg

Islamic studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students complete 48 points comprising of one research project, one methodology unit and two elective units from the units below. Not all units are offered each year.

Research unit

  • RLM4000 Research paper in religion and theology

Methodology unit  

  • RLM4145 Interpreting the sources of Islam: The Qur’an and the Hadith
Elective units
  • RLM4040 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • PLM4490 Islam in Turkey and Indonesia
  • HYM4260 Medieval dialogues: reason, mysticism, and society
  • RLM4100 Religion and ceremony in Australian society

Students may apply to undertake units at level four at a tertiary institution, such as Melbourne College of Divinity or Australian Catholic University, approved by the director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology. Under no circumstance may units taken outside Monash University amount to more than 50 percent.

Course coordinator

Salih Yucel

Italian studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising coursework units (24 points) and a thesis (24 points).

Thesis

Students chose one of the following options:

  • ITA4000 Honours dissertation (24 points)
  • ITA4000(A) Honours dissertation Part 1(12 points) and ITA4000(B) Honours dissertation Part 2 (12 points)

Coursework units

Students complete units to the value of 24 points chosen from:

  • ITA4070 Italian studies 7
  • ITA4080 Italian studies 8
  • ITA4090 Italian studies 9
  • ITA4100 Italian studies 10
  • ITA4340 Women in Italy: Representations and realities
  • ITA4360 Italian theatre from Goldoni to Fo
  • ITA4370 Tradurre/Tradire: Italian literary translation
  • ITA4380(H) Italian encounters: Translation, literature and cultural identity
  • ITA4380 Italian encounters: Translation, literature and cultural identity
  • ITA4440(A) Special reading course Part 1
  • ITA4440(B) Special reading course Part 2
  • ITA4440 Special reading course
  • ITA4460 The Italian experience in Australia
  • ITA4480 Dante
  • ITA4490 Language study abroad program
  • ITA4491 Language study abroad program 4/2

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the Italian studies honours coordinator.

Course coordinator

Mr Raffaele Lampugnani

Japanese studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students complete studies consultation with the course coordinator, including:

  • 12 or 24 points of research
  • no more than 12 points of Japanese language units
  • the remaining units required from level four Asian studies units (with the prefixes AST, JAL, JIT or JST)

It may be possible to include study in Japan as part of this program.

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Alison Tokita

Journalism

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Caulfield

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

Gippsland/Off-campus learning

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

Course coordinator

Professor Chris Nash

Korean studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students complete studies in consultation with the course coordinator, from one of the following options:

Option one

  • 24 points of research
  • 24 points through the KOR4990 Language Study Abroad program

Option two

  • 24 points of research
  • 24 points of level four Asian studies and/or Korean language units
Course coordinator

Dr InJung Cho

Linguistics

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

Course coordinator

Dr Anna Margetts

Music

Offered by the School of Music - Conservatorium

Students complete one 12-point core unit, one relevant co-core unit and elective units to the total of 48 points chosen from the list below.

Core unit

  • MUM4420 Research methods in music
Composition option - co-core unit
  • MUM4760 Special project: Composition and music technology
Performance option - co-core unit

Electives

  • MUM4120 20th and 21st century repertoire studies
  • MUM4600 Special research project in music
  • MUM4760 Special project: Composition and music technology
  • MUM4980 Music pedagogy
Course coordinator

Dr Joel Crotty

Philosophy

Offered by the School of Philosophy and Bioethics

Students complete the following units:

  • PHM4000 Research project in philosophy (24 point full-year unit)
  • PHM4010 Philosophy masters qualifying A
  • PHM4020 Philosophy masters qualifying B

In addition to the workload associated with each unit, students will be expected to attend weekly work-in-progress seminars for honours and graduate students and to make a presentation to the seminar series.

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Dirk Baltzly

Politics

Offered by the School of Political and Social Inquiry

Students complete one core unit and three electives chosen from the list below.

Core unit

  • PLM4060 Research project (Politics)

Electives

  • PLM4065 Advanced seminar in international political economy
  • PLM4290 China: The quest for modernisation
  • PLM4310 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • PLM4340 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • PLM4390 Grand theories of politics
  • PLM4420 Islam and modernity
  • PLM4430 Political Islam
  • PLM4440 Global soul: Consumers, citizens and rebels
  • PLM4460 Conflict resolution and Islam in the Middle East
  • PLM4520 Perspectives on world politics
  • PLM4600 Strategic studies
  • PLM4800 Australian national government
  • PLM4930 Southeast Asian politics
Course coordinator

Dr Andy Butfoy

Psychological studies

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

Course coordinator

Dr Mark Symmons

Religion and theology

Offered by the School of Historical Studies

Students complete a research project, at least one methodology unit, and two electives chosen from the list below (note that not all units are offered each year).

Research unit

  • RLM4000 Research paper in religion and theology

Methodology units

  • HYM4175 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • HYM4260 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • RLM4100 Religion and ceremony in Australian society

Electives

  • EUM4020 Religion and secularism in the quest for European integration
  • HYM4125 Dante's medieval world: Politics, religion and the city
  • HYM4330 Cultures of devotion in Renaissance Italy
  • HYM4690 Angels and demons: Rome, the papacy and the world
  • JWM4020 Zionism: The argument
  • JWM4030 Jewish history, Jewish memory
  • RLM4040 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • RLM4060 Medieval women and their world: Constructing identities 1100-1450
  • RLM4110 Sustainability and the sacred
  • RLM4140 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross-cultural analysis
  • RLM4145 Interpreting the sources of Islam: The Qur'an and hadith
  • RLM4160 Sexuality and religion: Monotheist traditions

Students may apply to undertake units at level four at another tertiary institution, such as the Melbourne College of Divinity, approved by the director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology.

Units taken outside Monash will not amount to more than 50 per cent.

Course coordinator

Professor Constant Mews

Contact: Liisa Willliams

Social and community welfare

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

Course coordinator

Dr Debra Manning; Dr Philip Dearman

Sociology

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

Course coordinator

Dr Vaughan Higgins

Offered by the School of Political and Social and Inquiry

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

plus three additional units chosen from the following and selected in accordance with the student's research project:

  • SYM4005 Qualitative research strategies
  • SYM4015 Secondary analysis of official statistics
  • SYM4025 Survey research
  • SYM4045 Analysing quantitative data
  • SYM4055 Data analysis software for social research
  • SYM4065 Issues in public policy
  • WSM4020 Feminist research
Course coordinator

Dr Kirsten McLean

Ukrainian Studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising a 24 point thesis and 24 points of coursework units.

Thesis units

Coursework units

Students complete one of the following options.

Option one
  • UKR4090 Ukrainian studies 9 (6 points)
  • UKR4100 (6 points)
  • fourth-year-level coursework units to the value of 12 points selected in consultation with the course co-ordinator
Option two

Students who have completed UKR3090 and UKR3010 select:

  • fourth-year-level coursework units to the value of 24 points selected in consultation with the course co-ordinator.
Course coordinator

Associate Professor Marko Pavlyshyn

Visual culture

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Students complete 48 points at level four including a research unit, at least one methodology unit and electives chosen from the list below:

Research unit

  • VAM4000 Research essay in visual culture

Methodology units

  • FTM4042 Historical film theory and criticism
  • FTM4052 Contemporary film theory and criticism
  • VAM4010 Visual culture and its theories

Electives

  • VAM4021 Beyond the museum: Institutions and insurrections
  • VAM4023 Visual culture internship
  • VAM4070 Australian postmodernism
  • an approved unit from a related discipline with the approval of the course coordinator
Course coordinator

Dr Leigh Astbury

Women's studies

Offered by the School of Political and Social Inquiry

Students complete a core research unit, a core coursework unit and one elective.

Core units

Electives

  • One unit as approved by the course coordinator.

Part-time students will be required to complete WSM4010 and an elective level-four unit in the first year and WSM4005 in the second year of the program.

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Maryanne Dever

Writing

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

Course coordinator

Dr Simon Cooper

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the program and achieve at least a distinction in the 24 point research project are eligible to apply for a higher degree by research.

Award(s)

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)