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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 titleGradDipIDEA
CRICOS code045339A
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Course coordinator

Dr Craig Thorburn


This course introduces students to international and comparative perspectives and approaches to development and global sustainability. It seeks to encourage critical and comparative analysis of international development policies and practice. Studies focus on contemporary processes such as global production systems, foreign direct investment and flexible specialisation, devolution of governance and centralisation of geopolitical power, global climate change, and changing concepts of property in natural resource exploitation and management.


Students completing this course will have:

  • an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a familiarity with 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
  • developed sound analytical skills
  • developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of two 6-point core units, and 36 points of elective units.


Student complete two of the following core units:

  • IDA4140 Urbanisation and regional development in the Indo-Pacific rims (offered in alternate years)
  • IDA4320 Doctrines of development (offered in alternate years)
  • IDA4230 Research and analysis in political ecology


Students can choose electives (36 points) in one of six areas that correspond to current issues relevant in international development:

  • sustainable development and natural resource management
  • urban and regional sustainability
  • gender, culture, society in the Asia-Pacific
  • democracy, governance and civil society
  • development and environmental economics.
  • public policy and management.

A wide range of elective units are available in sociology, women's studies, politics, Asian studies, environmental science, Indigenous studies, anthropology, and visual culture. Students should consult with the course coordinator on unit selection.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the graduate diploma with a minimum credit average may apply to enter course 3086 Master in International Development and Environmental Analysis.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Arts.


Graduate Diploma in International Development and Environmental Analysis