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Monash University

Monash University Handbook 2010

The Faculty of Arts at Monash University is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic arts faculties in Australia. We deliver arts programs across six campuses: Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Malaysia and South Africa. Our courses are increasingly available via off-campus learning over the internet. Our offerings include the full range of the old and new humanities, from the classics to communications and media studies. Courses offered range from undergraduate diplomas and degrees, faculty certificates, graduate diploma programs through to postgraduate coursework and research degrees. Monash Arts is justly proud of the research capacity of its staff. Lecturers are working at the cutting edge of scholarship in their fields, and they carry their expertise and their enthusiasm into their teaching.

The Faculty of Arts is composed of eight schools as well as a number of centres, including:

  • Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
  • Geography and Environmental Science
  • Historical Studies
  • Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences
  • English, Communications and Performance Studies
  • Music – Conservatorium
  • Philosophy and Bioethics
  • Political and Social Inquiry
  • Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies
  • Monash European and EU Centre.

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Faculty structure and contacts

The chief officers of the faculty are the dean and the faculty manager. The dean is a professor of the faculty and presides over meetings of the faculty, the faculty board and its committees, and is especially concerned with staffing and finance. In addition, the faculty has four associate deans whose areas of responsibility include academic programs, graduate research, research and external affairs.

The faculty manager is responsible for the administration of the faculty, including superintendence over student administration and services, and provision of advice on policy and planning matters.

Students wishing to bring any relevant matters to the attention of the student members of the faculty board should feel free to do so. The student members can be contacted via the office of the faculty manager, Faculty of Arts, first floor, Menzies building, Clayton campus.

Research and coursework areas

The Faculty of Arts has divided its administration of courses into two main areas: the Arts Research Graduate School and the Arts Coursework Office. The course information section is divided into the same two sections: research and coursework.

Where to get help and advice in the faculty

Throughout their university course, students are strongly encouraged to seek advice regarding any problems they experience with studies or workload with their tutors and lecturers, or their supervisor. The faculty also has experienced course advisers who can assist students with administrative inquiries or direct them to the correct service for academic difficulties. Students can make course advice appointments by contacting the Arts faculty office on their home campus. Students are also strongly encouraged to observe the relevant course requirements listed in this handbook to avoid getting into course-related difficulties, which can result in a delay in completing their course.

As well as seeking course advice, students can make use of Language and Learning Services, which assists students with problems concerning study, learning and the use of English. Language and Learning Services is located in the Menzies building, Clayton campus, and can be contacted on +61 3 9905 5069 or +61 3 9905 2263 (or visit the website at In addition, the faculty has a Transition and Student Progress Committee (TaSP), whose members can assist students with academic difficulties arising from a range of personal or academic issues, or refer them to other university support services. TaSP can be contacted on +61 3 9905 2107 or by email at

In addition to faculty services, the university offers a wide variety of support services for students. A comprehensive list of faculty and university services for students experiencing difficulty can be found in the Student Resource Guide, also available on the web at

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