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Monash University

Graduate Diploma in European Studies

Course code: 3097 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipEuropStud ~ Total credit points required: 48 points ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton/Caulfield)

Course description

The course encourages students to acquire knowledge, not only of Europe, but also of the contemporary world in the context of Europe's cultural and intellectual development. It also provides an introduction to the history, institutions and policies of the European Union and its role and significance in current affairs. This course will be of interest to students from a range of backgrounds, including business and economics, law, the natural sciences and engineering, as well as the humanities and social sciences. It aims to make students aware of the essential political, cultural, social and economic realities of today's Europe.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with 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. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Students are required to complete the equivalent of a major (48 points) in European studies. At first-year level, students take two prescribed units, EUR1100 (European culture and ideas: modernity and enlightenment) and EUR1200 (European culture and ideas: modernity and romanticism), followed by core units and electives at second and third-year level. Students admitted to the graduate diploma negotiate a suitable program of study in consultation with the Monash European and EU Centre. For a full outline of the European studies major, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Course requirements

Core units

  • EUR1100 European culture and ideas: modernity and enlightenment (6 points)
  • EUR1200 European culture and ideas: modernity and romanticism (6 points)
  • EUR2080/EUR3080 The identity of Europe today (6 points)
  • EUR2090/EUR3090 Culture and conflict: Europe in the 20th century (6 points)

Elective units

  • ECC3570 The international economy since 1945 (6 points)
  • EUR2113/EUR3110 The European Union: Institutions, policy-making and evolution
  • EUR3620 Policy-makers, intellectuals and the idea of Europe (12 points)
  • HSY2400/HSY3400 Imperialism, sexuality and modernity: politics, culture and society in Europe, c 1880-1918 (6 points)
  • HSY2440/HSY3440 The rise and fall of Nazi Germany (6 points)
  • HSY2580/HSY3580 The Holocaust (6 points)
  • HSY2860/HSY3860 The Renaissance in Florence (12 points)
  • HSY2950/HSY3950 Slavery, freedom and revolution: The Enlightenment and the French Revolution (6 points)

Refer to the unit listing in the undergraduate handbook for a description of these units.

Elective units are subject to staff availability. Students are advised to contact the centre prior to enrolment.

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


For further study options please contact the Monash European and EU Centre. or

Course coordinator

Dr Natalie Doyle