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Undergraduate - Area of study

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 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.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Social Sciences
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton
CoordinatorDr Nicholas Economou

Notes

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

Description

Politics is a broad discipline that tends to overlap with all the other major humanities and social science disciplines. It is an excellent discipline for learning about the interrelationships in the human world, and for acquiring a diverse range of interpretive, analytic and synthetic (especially conceptual) skills. The discipline is engaged in critical debates about resource allocation, decision-making, social behaviour and political action, the management or resolution of conflict, power struggles, ideologies and political movements, and the nature of the government and the state, including relations between states. The study of politics is ultimately concerned with important questions about the nature of power and authority, with the relationship between theory and practice, and with trying to understand the nature of social existence and the conditions needed for establishing more desirable forms of human community.

Politics at Monash aims to offer students an understanding of many aspects of the contemporary world, coupled with a solid intellectual grounding in the key debates, texts and traditions of inquiry in which the discipline is immersed. The politics program at Monash 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.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the major, students will be able to:

  • recognise, interpret and analyse theoretical and ideological perspectives on politics with regard to key elements of power and public institutions, freedom and transformation, closed and open political systems
  • critically discuss and evaluate outlooks on key political debates concerning power, freedom and political change at global, regional, national and local levels
  • critically relate political theories and ideas to major contemporary issues of human rights, political violence, value conflict and cultural difference, and to a range of political institutions and processes including leadership contest, political parties, interest groups and social movements
  • analyse and constructively criticise a scholarly article or book and put it in an appropriate theoretical and empirical context
  • communicate orally and in writing in ways appropriate for an academic community and a general audience
  • demonstrate creativity and self-learning through research-based analytical writing assessments
  • synthesise skills of creativity, team work, critical thinking, self-learning and analytical writing through differentiated assessment tasks of individual or group oral presentations using multimedia resources and a research-based written essay or report.

Units

Minor in politics

Students completing a minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in politics must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • ATS1353 Foundations of modern politics
  • ATS1945 Australian government and politics

(b.) additional elective units (12 points)

Note: Students can take the second-year cornerstone units from the major as electives.

Major in politics

Students completing a majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in politics must complete eight units (48 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • ATS1353 Foundations of modern politics
  • ATS1945 Australian government and politics

(b.) two second-year cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(c.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

(d.) additional elective units from the list below (18 points).

A minimum of three units (18 points) must be completed at third-year level.

Note: Students can take the remaining cornerstone and capstone units as electives.

Elective units

  • ATS2088 Russia and the US: Comparative politics
  • ATS2698 Middle East politics
  • ATS2706 Foreign policy analysis
  • ATS2975 Building blocs: The European Union and the Asia-Pacific
  • ATS3690 Reflections on humanity: Truth, freedom and power
  • ATS3719 Political and social theory
  • ATS3836 Victorian parliamentary internship
  • ATS3973 The political economy of European integration

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

Double degrees

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 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
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts