- 2019

Undergraduate

Minor / Major

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 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 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 Social Sciences

Coordinator(s)

Dr Nicholas Economou

Contact details

PoliticsPolitics (http://future.arts.monash.edu/ug-politics/)

Location

Caulfield Clayton

Politics is an excellent discipline for learning about the interrelationships in the human world, and for acquiring a diverse range of interpretive, analytic skills. The discipline is engaged in critical debates about governance, policy creation and administration, social behaviour and political action including electoral processes, the management or resolution of conflict, including relations between states. The study of politics is ultimately concerned with important questions about the nature of power, authority and governance, and the relationship between theory and practice.

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 emphasises three broad areas:

  • government, policy and leadership
  • international relations and comparative governance
  • political philosophy and political psychology

Students are encouraged to explore the different facets of political studies.

Availability

Politics is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts at Clayton as a major and a minor, and in A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts at Clayton as a major.

Outcomes

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

  • recognise, interpret and analyse conceptual 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, governance, 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
  • understand how the institutions of governance work.

Units

Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • ATS1353 Foundations of modern politics
    • ATS1945 Australian government and politics
  2. Two level 2 cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
  3. One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:
  4. Three units (18 points) from the remaining cornerstone or capstone units or the elective list below, with at least two units at level 3.

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • ATS1353 Foundations of modern politics
    • ATS1945 Australian government and politics
  2. Two level 2 or 3 units (12 points) as listed within the major. It is a highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in level 3 unit.

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

  • ATS2088Not offered in 2019 Russia and the US: Comparative politics
  • ATS2256 Political psychology
  • ATS2691Not offered in 2019 Politics, violence and memory
  • ATS2693 Politics, media and elections
  • ATS2698 Middle East politics
  • ATS2706 Foreign policy analysis
  • ATS3399 The politics of identity
  • ATS3690 Reflections on humanity: Truth, freedom and power
  • ATS3719Not offered in 2019 Modern political thought
  • ATS3836 Victorian parliamentary internship
  • ATS3935 Professional practice

International study tours

Intending honours students

Students intending to enter honours in this area of study must have completed a major in the discipline, with a minimum of 24 points of study at level 3 to be eligible.

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

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

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.