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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titlePGradDipInternatRel
CRICOS code030884K
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Dr Andy Butfoy


This course will enable students to further their knowledge and understanding of international relations by engaging with literatures and taking part in seminar work at postgraduate level.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of two core units and two elective units .Units are worth 12 points each. Not all units will be offered every year.


Core units

A minimum of two of:

  • PLM4030 Ethics in world politics
  • PLM4065 Advanced seminar in international political economy
  • PLM4310 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • PLM4440 Global soul
  • PLM4600 Strategic studies

Elective units

  • PLM4100 Terrorism, counter-terrorism and intelligence
  • PLM4210 Leaders, politics and publics
  • PLM4290 China: The quest for modernisation
  • PLM4340 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • PLM4430 Political Islam
  • PLM4460 Conflict resolution and Islam in the Middle East
  • PLM4930 Southeast Asian politics
  • any of the above core units, if not already selected

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the course with a grade of credit average or above are eligible to apply for entry into course 3093 Master of International Relations.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with a related graduate certificate.


Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations