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Monash University

Master of International Development and Environmental Analysis

Course code: 3086 ~ Course abbreviation: MIDEA ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course is an interdisciplinary initiative of the faculty. It is aimed at students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds who wish to pursue careers or enhance their professional skills in the fields of international development and environmental sustainability. It takes an innovative interdisciplinary approach based on contemporary concerns with the processes, theories, and practices of globalisation. The course introduces students to international and comparative perspectives and approaches to development and global sustainability by focusing on contemporary processes such as global production systems, foreign direct investment, natural resource management and development, devolution of governance during a time of centralisation of geopolitical power, global climate change, and changing concepts of property in natural resource exploitation and management. It seeks to encourage critical and comparative analysis of international development policies and practice, and to promote active engagement in sustainable development in transnational and regional contexts.

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. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Minimum pass grade

To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C) or above in core units and a minimum credit average overall.

Course structure

Students complete 72 points, including a minimum of 24 points at level 5, comprising a set of core units (24 points) and elective units (24-48 points), and for those who qualify, final project(s) (12-24 points).

Course requirements

Core units

  • IDA4140 Urbanisation and regional development in the Inde-Pacific rim (6 points)
  • IDA4230 Research and analysis in political ecology (6 points)
  • IDA5130 Environmental revolutions (6 points)
  • IDA5220 The art and business of international development (6 points)


Students can choose electives (24-48 points) in one of six areas of concentration that correspond to current issues relevant in international development:

  • sustainable development and natural resource management
  • urban and regional sustainability
  • gender, culture, society in the Asia-Pacific
  • democracy, governance and civil society
  • development and environmental economics.
  • public policy and management.

A wide range of elective units are available in sociology, women's studies, politics, Asian studies, geography and environmental science, Indigenous studies, anthropology,visual culture, business and economics, and public policy and management.

Final Project

One or both of:

  • IDA5310 Final project in MIDEA (internship-based client project) (12 points
  • GYM5480 Research project (12 points)

Some students may elect to undertake both final project units. All students planning to undertake a final project (either IDA5310 and/or GYM5480) must gain a distinction average or above in MIDEA core and elective units, or permission of the course coordinator. For students who have not attained a distinction average, an additional 12 points of coursework electives may be substituted for the final project units.

Exit points

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate in Arts, or after successful completion of 48 points with a Graduate Diploma in International Development and Environmental Analysis.

Course coordinators

Dr Craig Thorburn and Dr Bruce Missingham