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Monash University

Diploma in Arts (Politics)

Course code: 2454 ~ Course abbreviation: DipArts(Politics) ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 3-4 years part-time concurrent with a bachelors degree ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield - P/T only; Clayton - P/T only)

Course description

This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in the area of politics while completing a bachelors degree or double degree in other fields. Students gain an understanding of politics as it is concerned with government, policy and political institutions, resource allocation, decision-making, social behaviour and political action, conflict and power struggles, and the struggle for political freedom. They may specialise in one of four broad areas of politics: Australian politics, international relations and global politics, politics of culture and identity, or social and political theory.

Course Objectives

Graduates are expected to: 1. develop the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge pertaining to the academic discipline; 2. develop an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. develop the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in the discipline; 4. develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the field of study; 5. develop the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills such as computer skills, appropriate to the academic discipline.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students are required to complete a three-year major sequence (48 points) in politics. For full information on the units required, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

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