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Monash University Handbook 2011 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)Caulfield, Clayton

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:

  • ATS1325 Contemporary worlds 1
  • ATS1326 Contemporary worlds 2
  • ATS1353 Australian politics and government
  • ATS1354 Nature, law, revolution: Political ideas in context
  • ATS1355 Fanatics and fundamentalists: The global politics of violence
  • ATS1873 Introduction to international relations

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:

Elective units

  • ATS2397 Research methods for behavioural studies
  • ATS2340/ATS3340 Introduction to peace and security studies
  • ATS2560/ATS3560 Theorising sexed bodies: Contemporary feminist theory
  • ATS2561/ATS3561 Gender, sex and media
  • ATS2625/ATS3625 Mobile worlds: Migrants, refugees and the politics of belonging
  • ATS2716/ATS3716 Multiculturalism, culture and social identities
  • ATS2889/ATS3889 Indigenous knowledge in cross-cultural praxis: Aboriginal community field unit
  • ATS3902 Geopolitics of climate change

Units not offered in 2011

Elective units:

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)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication - at Sunway
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

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
  • 0002 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
  • 4423 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3909 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing