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Monash University

Graduate Certificate in International Relations

Course code: 3765 ~ Course abbreviation: GradCertIntRel ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course will introduce students to international relations at postgraduate level by engaging with literatures and taking part in seminar work.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. a familiarity with 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

Course requirements

Candidates must successfully complete two semester-length units (24 points) chosen from the list below:

  • 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


Candidates who complete a Graduate Certificate in International Relations with a credit average can progress to a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and receive 50 per cent credit towards that course.

Course coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Shahram Akbarzadeh