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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 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 Political and Social Inquiry
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton

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/2014handbooks/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/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • ATS1353 An introduction to politics
  • ATS1873 Introduction to international relations

(b.) additional elective units from List A only (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/2014handbooks/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/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • ATS1353 An introduction to politics
  • ATS1873 Introduction to international relations

(b.) at least two second-year cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points), chosen from:

  • ATS2719 Political and social theory
  • ATS2903 Leaders, publics and power
  • ATS2945 Australian government and politics
  • ATS2961 Political ideas in context: Nature, law and revolution

(c.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS3690 Reflections on humanity: Truth, freedom and power*
  • ATS3699 Parties and power

(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.

* This unit is also a capstone unit for international relationsinternational relations (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/international-relations/ug-arts-international-relations.html). Students doing a major in politics and a major in international relations need to choose a different capstone unit for each major. A unit cannot be counted twice towards different majors.

Elective units

  • ATS2340 International security studies
  • ATS2376 Political anthropology: Culture, power, religion and national identities in the Modern World
  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War*
  • ATS2394/ATS3394 Australia and Asia
  • ATS2578 Soldiers of fortune: Mercenaries from antiquity to Afghanistan
  • ATS2624 Global governance
  • ATS2640/ATS3640 The ethics of global conflict
  • ATS2691 Politics, violence and memory
  • ATS2692 Progress and despair: Modern political ideologies and theories
  • ATS2693 Media and politics
  • ATS2694 International political economy
  • ATS2698 Middle East politics: Continuity, change, conflict and cooperation
  • ATS2701 Terrorism and political violence
  • ATS2706 Foreign policy analysis: Washington and world politics
  • ATS2853/ATS3853 Political passions*
  • ATS2942 Fanatics and fundamentalists: The global politics of violence
  • ATS2975 Building blocs: The European Union and the Asia-Pacific
  • ATS3688 Foreign policies of the great and emerging powers
  • ATS3695 Australian public policy
  • ATS3697 Gender and international relations
  • ATS3703 Arms control and world politics
  • ATS3705 Power and justice in world politics
  • ATS3708 Issues in global politics
  • ATS3836 Victorian parliamentary internship
  • ATS3905 Democratic theory
  • ATS3854 Unconventional power: Conspiracy, confrontational politics and controversial religion
  • ATS3973 The political economy of European integration
  • ATS3974 European security

* Taught in Prato, Italy. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

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)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 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
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • 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
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4426 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business
  • 4425 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 4069 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Science
  • 4648 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts