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Master of International Development and Environmental Analysis/Master of Asian Studies

Course code: 3915 ~ Course abbreviation: MIDEA/MAsSt ~ Total credit points required: 120 ~ 2.5 years full-time, 5 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This double-degree masters program provides a broad-based foundation in the knowledge and skills required for employment and active involvement in sustainable development and environmental management in Asian societies.

It is designed for students who are particularly interested in Asian studies and development in the Asian context. The double degree combines the strengths of the two partner programs, and offers postgraduate students a chance to considerably enhance their qualifications in a course tailored to their interests but in less time than it would usually take to gain two individual masters degrees.

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

Course requirements

MIDEA component (60 points)

  • IDA4140 Urbanisation and regional development in the Indo-Pacific rims (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)
  • IDEA electives (at the course director's discretion) (24-36 points)

For students who qualify*, either:

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

    *Students intending to undertake a final project in IDEA 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.

Master of Asian Studies component (60 points)

  • AST4000 Contemporary issues in Asia (12 points)
  • AST5220 Investigating Asia (12 points)
  • AST5110 Research project in Asian studies (12 points)
  • Asian studies electives (at the course director's discretion) (24 points)

Exit points

There are no alternative exits points from this course. After successful completion of 24 points, student may apply to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate in Arts, or after successful completion of 48 points, with either86 a Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies or Graduate Diploma in International Development and Environmental Analysis, or after successful completion or 72 points with either* a Master of Asian Studies or Master of International Development and Environmental Analysis or any combination of the above.

    86 Depending on the units completed

Course coordinators

Dr Bruce Missingham and Professor Ross Mouer