Diploma in Liberal Arts, Monash University

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Diploma in Liberal Arts for 2015


Why study Diploma in Liberal Arts?

The course enables students to pursue an interest in one of the humanities or social sciences while completing an undergraduate degree. It is the equivalent to a full major, and generally adds a further year to the length of studies. This diploma is usually completed by students studying in faculties other than arts, however arts students may apply to undertake this course after successfully completing one year.

The diploma is offered in many of the arts majors listed in the Monash arts discipline table. Students should contact the faculty to confirm that their choice is available.

This course is only available to Monash students.


Entry requirements

View entry requirements and applications for domestic students


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Fees for 2015

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Average annual student contribution
$ 6,152 AUD
Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.


First Semester (March), Second Semester (July)


  • On-campus at Caulfield: full-time, part-time
  • On-campus at Clayton: full-time, part-time


Faculty of Arts

Course code: 2327

CRICOS code:

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Faculty of Arts
Tel: 1800 MONASH
(1800 666 274)
Web address: http://future.arts.monash.edu/undergraduate-courses/


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Admissions information for domestic students

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

This diploma must be undertaken with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course. Please note approval from the faculty/university offering the main degree is required.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.


Semester one (March)

Applications are made to the faculty once the student has gained admission to another Monash University program.

Queries in regard to applications for this course should be directed to the faculty.

Semester two (July)

Applications are made to the faculty once the student has gained admission to another Monash University program.

Queries in regard to applications for this course should be directed to the faculty.

Study areas


Monash integrates archaeology and ancient history to offer a comprehensive approach to understanding ancient cultures, focusing on the Mediterranean. Monash is also the only university in Victoria where you can study ancient Egypt in depth with staff who conduct archaeological fieldwork in Egypt. Students look at the reconstruction of past societies and their evolution based upon all surviving data - art, architecture, religious beliefs, cultures and social structures.


In its broadest sense, anthropology is the study of all things human. It explores all aspects of humanity - everything from cultures, behaviours and communication to evolution, social structures and relationships. In recent years, there have been major social and political movements throughout the world in which people are stressing a sense of community, shared identity and assertions of difference.


Behavioural studies explores the way in which humans act and interact with each other. At Monash, we focus on looking at human behaviour in the changing and challenging environment of the 21st century. Students analyse a range of historical and emerging insights about the way we behave from a variety of disciplines - sociology, culture, philosophy, biology and psychology.


Communications focuses on the role of media in society and how this influences the way we receive communications and the way we communicate with each other. Today, we get most of our news and knowledge from mass media and social media, so it is vital that students learn about the structures of communications industries and how to critically analyse the media.


Crime is an issue that all citizens and governments confront on a daily basis. In this study area, students debate the causes of crime, the problem of crime, and how it should be dealt with. They also gain the skills to understand the complexities of crime and how to critically analyse its workings and tensions.


English as an international language provides students with a new perspective on the use of English in today's globalised world by looking at the implications of intercultural communication. Students explore the use of English in a range of contexts - academic, professional, and international.


This teaching program extends and enhances everyday ways of thinking about film and screen into more sophisticated and specialised methods and approaches. Students explore the film and screen cultures of Asia, the United States and Europe, looking at everything from contemporary popular Hollywood to documentary film, and everything in between.


History is not simply about dates and facts, but about new ways to interpret and understand the past, allowing us to make sense of the world today. History at Monash delves into different aspects of the human experience, and considers societies and civilisations across a range of periods and continents. Students can study everything from medieval and renaissance Europe to contemporary worlds, Asian civilisations and nations at war.


Human geography investigates the changing and complex relationship between people and their environments. In this area of study, we grapple with some of the major contemporary challenges the world faces - rapid urbanisation, environmental degradation, deepening poverty and rising socioeconomic inequality. Human geography examines how changing population and migration dynamics, urban development, patterns of consumption and growth, and labour markets intersect at local, national and global scales. Students undertaking this area of study will integrate skills gained from critical thinking, grounded experience and field-based learning to develop applied research capabilities necessary for professional careers in urban and regional development, community and international development and practice across a wide range of industry sectors, including state and federal government departments, international aid agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations.


Torture, hunger, terrorism, political corruption, racial discrimination - we all agree that these are some of the most serious contemporary human evils. The global effort to redress these evils has largely been organised around a framework of universal human rights. Students of human rights examine debates about the nature and legitimacy of human rights claims, and the role of human rights in the broader context of international affairs.


In Indigenous cultures and histories, students develop a good knowledge base about key issues in Indigenous societies, including the ongoing relationship between Indigenous and settler Australians, points of contestation and how this has shaped the position of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in contemporary society, and understanding Indigenous relationships to each other and the land.


International relations provides students with an understanding of the many aspects of contemporary global politics and economics, and a solid intellectual grounding in the key debates, historical events and political institutions that have shaped the international relations discipline. International relations at Monash specialises in four broad areas: international security studies; global and European Union regional governance; international political economy; and foreign policy.


As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, understanding our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours is vital. International studies criss-crosses history, politics, international relations, sociology and economics. It starts by looking at the history of the 20th century and then moves to the issues facing our world as we move into the 21st century. Students can also pursue studies in one of two streams: Asian studies; European studies.


In journalism practice, students begin to produce real journalism from day one. The program covers the full range of production technologies - print, video, radio and online - and students are taught to reach high professional standards. As their studies progress, students build a production portfolio of published works that they can take with them to employers.


Journalism studies complements the journalism major - they are typically taken together - but you can also take journalism studies as a stand-alone area of study. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on a range of areas including media studies, politics, economics, history and philosophy. Students learn about the context and practice of journalism in Australia and internationally, while developing skills in media research.


Put simply, linguistics is the study of language. It looks at the structure of language, such as grammar, its meaning and how it is used, or in other words, its context. Students explore how languages differ and how they are alike, and learn techniques and principles to use in analysing any language. Examples of practical applications of linguistics include communication within organisations, the development of language policies in government and education, and intercultural communication.


Our literary studies program encompasses some of the most well-known, interesting and important poems, plays and novels of contemporary times and the past. Everything from the classic texts to contemporary works by Generation Y can be explored. Students learn to think about literature in relation to the ideas and concerns of the current time, as well as the time in which the literature was written. On graduating, students are able to research and write on a variety of challenging topics, engage with ideas, and communicate fluently and clearly in both written and oral form, setting them up for a wide range of employment opportunities. There are 3 different pathways that students can take in the Literary Studies major: Literatures in English, Creative Writing, International Literatures.


Become the complete 21st century musician by surrounding yourself with some of the finest professionals in their fields at one of the best music schools in Australia - the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Students receive one-on-one teaching to develop their solo and ensemble performance skills, and also explore composition, musicology (the academic study of music), ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures), and creative music technology.


What sorts of things exist in the world and how are they related? How are the mind and matter related? Philosophy raises questions such as these about the basic assumptions of every form of human inquiry - and attempts to find the answers. Students explore the notions of logic, critical reasoning, and both personal and professional ethics.


Politics is concerned with questions of power. What is it? What has it? Who should have it? Politics at university is more concerned with explaining how and why different political systems are constructed, and how they work, than surface level politics such as current affairs. Students look at what happens, but also investigate why, such as the causes of political events and hidden meanings and motivations.


Is there more than what we see? It is important for all of us to acquire an appreciation of the various religions and spiritual traditions that shape our world. Only in doing so can we truly understand contemporary debates and the relationship of different religious and spiritual traditions with the modern world. Students have the opportunity to study a range of religious traditions, beliefs and theological systems within a variety of contexts.


Sociology explores people and the relationships that they have in different contexts such as families, schools and workplaces. Sociologists look to things like social class, gender, ethnicity, power and culture to understand and explain the differences in how people live, think and feel. Students can also pursue studies in a Gender Studies stream.


Theatre focuses on the past, present and future of performance. It combines theoretical frameworks with the practical study of key themes, questions and practices. Theatre provides students with the ability to think critically, preparing them for a future where theatre and performance increasing cross genres, cultures, geographic boundaries, and modes of artistic expression.