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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Political and Social Inquiry


Anthropology is the discipline within the University that is concerned with the study of specific cultures and their social organisation. All anthropology staff have intensive research experience in other societies and their cultures and bring to the units offered, whether they are about 'others' or 'ourselves', a distinctly anthropological perspective, an understanding of, and respect for, cultural difference. The ethnographic expertise of the staff ranges through indigenous Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific to the study of minority communities and their cultures in Australia, incorporating a range of theoretical perspectives.

Research seminars are an important part of the graduate experience. Students are involved in seminars within the disciplines and the school to help them develop a range of research skills, receive feedback on their work, and share and learn with others in the intellectual community of the school. They are encouraged to organise and attend conferences, summer schools and enrichment programs, and to publish and present their work in a variety of forums.

Previous students of the school who have completed graduate degrees have won scholarships for study, travel and further research. Many have had the opportunity to conduct and speak about their research across Australia and around the world. All our postgraduate programs aim to provide students with a broad range of research skills and equip them for careers in social research, government, industry and the public service.

Relevant Courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy

* By research.