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Monash University

Diploma in European Studies

Course code: 3903 ~ Course abbreviation: DipEurSt ~ 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 (Clayton - P/T only; Caulfield - P/T only)

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 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

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

Students complete the equivalent of a major (48 points) in European studies.

Course requirements

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 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

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