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Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

School of Arts and Social Sciences
School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
South Africa School of Social Science


Caulfield, Clayton


Dr Julie Kalman

International studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that brings to life the issues and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world. As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, it is important to understand our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours and trading partners. In order to compete in the international marketplace of products, ideas and knowledge, we need to understand and respect the cultures and beliefs of others. In international studies, we begin by placing today's world in context: we examine the history of the 20th century, and then move on to study the issues facing the world in the 21st century.

Students are encouraged to study a major or minor from the languages offered by the Faculty as a complement to international studies.

Students may take electives from any focus area towards International studies however, the major provides opportunities for students to follow a particular stream through the choice of electives; three of these are area studies, and three are thematic studies:

  • America studies
  • Asian studies
  • Commerce, commodities and consumption
  • Conflict and justice
  • Cultures and identities
  • European studies


International studies is listed in the Bachelor of Arts at Caulfield and Clayton as a major or minor.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • demonstrate a deep understanding of a range of major issues and concepts associated with contemporary globalisation and how these are understood differently in a variety of national and cultural contexts
  • identify a range of theoretical tools used by scholars in order to understand and describe these issues and concepts, and have a demonstrated capacity to apply these across national and cultural boundaries
  • demonstrate a capacity to think reflectively about the relationship and interactions between issues, events and concepts in different places and cultures across the world, and to recognise the inter-relatedness of these issues and concepts
  • demonstrate a capacity, through the successful completion of a range of assignments and other assessment tasks, to identify and select appropriate information, and appropriate procedures, to interpret and report on contemporary economic, social, cultural and political change using a variety of methods, sources and data in both English and, where appropriate, other languages.
  • demonstrate a capacity to communicate clearly using written, oral and other media to present a sophisticated argument about an issue or concept that is of contemporary global importance.


Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor ( and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

a. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units ( (12 points):

b. One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit ( (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS2625 Mobile worlds: Borders, displacement and belonging
  • ATS2628 Power and poverty: International development in a globalised world
  • ATS2633 Global cities: Past, present and future
  • ATS2941 Asia's underside: Violence, crime and protest

c. One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit ( (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS3089 Social institutions and power in Asia
  • ATS3623 Nationality, ethnicity and conflict
  • ATS3627 Global cultures, local traditions: Creating and consuming (popular) culture

d. Four units (24 points) from the remaining cornerstone or capstone units or electives below, with at least two units at level 3.

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the minorminor (

Students complete:

a. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units ( (12 points):

b. Two units (12 points) from the elective list below

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

America studies

  • ATS2107 Colonial America: From puritans to revolutionaries
  • ATS2596 The Vietnam War
  • ATS3207 Film and society in Spain and Latin America
  • ATS3908 American empire: The United States from colonies to superpower
  • ATS3972 Imagining Ibero-America: Travels, texts and transnational encounters

Asian studies

  • ATS2382 War and memory in the Asia Pacific: Legacies of World War II
  • ATS2394/ATS3394 Australia and Asia
  • ATS2596 The Vietnam War
  • ATS2621 Religion as culture in the Malay world
  • ATS2648 Contemporary Japan
  • ATS3089 Social Institutions and Power in Asia
  • ATS3652 Japan as empire: From Meiji to 1945
  • ATS3951 Japanese popular culture and identity

Commerce, commodities and consumption

  • ATS2109 The commodities that changed the world: An introduction to globalisation and global history
  • ATS2378 The anthropology of international development
  • ATS2563 Global consumption
  • ATS2637 The human body and the international marketplace
  • ATS3248 Field methods in anthropology and international development
  • ATS3626 Global disasters: Catastrophe and social change
  • ATS3639 Poverty, climate change and international justice
  • ATS3952 The world of textiles
  • ECC2800 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world

Conflict and justice

  • ATS2640 The ethics of global conflict
  • ATS3314 Seeking justice: South Africa and Rwanda
  • ATS3626 Global disasters: Catastrophe and social change
  • ATS3632 Post-conflict: Justice, memory, reconciliation
  • ATS3639 Poverty, climate change and international justice
  • ATS3956 Trauma and memory in the modern world

Cultures and identities

  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War
  • ATS2395 Australia in a globalising world
  • ATS2586 Islam: Principles, civilisations, influences
  • ATS2629 Religion and spirituality in a globalising world
  • ATS3208 In the footsteps of refugees
  • ATS3634 Indigenous peoples globally
  • ATS3636 Sacred and profane: Religion, the secular and the state
  • ATS2872 Topics in Indian philosophy
  • ATS3392 A Lonely Planet? travel, culture, power
  • ATS3580 The modern Middle East
  • ATS3631 The idea of travel: Global perspectives

European studies

  • ATS2520 Eurovisions: Europe since World War II
  • ATS2521 Conflict and culture in Europe
  • ATS3124 Everyday life in the Soviet Union
  • ATS3284 Final journey: Remembering the Holocaust
  • ATS3525 The idea of Europe
  • ATS2600 The Holocaust

Relevant courses


  • A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts


Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*

  • A2000 Bachelor of Arts
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*

  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2012 Bachelor of Business Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2024 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.