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Monash University

Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations

Course code: 1400 ~ Course abbreviation: PGradDipIntRel ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course will enable students to further their knowledge and understanding of international relations by engaging with literatures and taking part in seminar work at postgraduate level.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 48 points, consisting of four units chosen from the list below, which must include at least two core units (marked *). Candidates who wish to be eligible to apply for subsequent admission to the Master of Arts by research with studies in international relations must include PLM4060.

  • PLM4060 Research project (politics) (9000 words)
  • PLM4065 Advanced seminar in international political economy
  • PLM4310 Wars of recognition: terrorism and political violence*
  • PLM4340 Fringe politics and extremist violence: an introduction to terrorism
  • PLM4420 Islam and modernity
  • PLM4430 Political Islam
  • PLM4440 Global soul: consumers, citizens and rebels*
  • PLM4460 Conflict resolution and Islam in the Middle East
  • PLM4600 Strategic studies: a critical introduction*

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


Students who complete the course with a grade of credit average or above are eligible to apply for entry into the Master of International Relations.

Course coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Shahram Akbarzadeh