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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 titleGradCertInternatRel
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)0.5 years FT, 1 year PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Dr Andy Butfoy


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


The course introduces students to the academic study of international politics; individual units deal with a range of topics, including global security, economics and ethics.


Students successfully completing this course should have:

  • an understanding of selected aspects of the academic field
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • advanced reading, communication and analytical skills relevant to the field of study.


This course consists of two level four 12-point units, including one core and one elective unit. Note not all units will be offered every year.


Core units

Students choose a minimum of one of the following core units:

  • 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


  • PLM4100 Terrorism, counter-terrorism and intelligence
  • PLM4290 China: The quest for modernisation
  • PLM4340 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • PLM4420 Islam and modernity
  • PLM4460 Conflict resolution and Islam in the Middle East
  • PLM4930 Southeast Asian politics
  • or one of the core units not already completed

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the graduate certificate with a minimum credit average, may apply to transfer to course 1400 Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations.


Graduate Certificate in International Relations