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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 titleMInternatRel
CRICOS code048453G
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Dr Andrew Butfoy


The course explores the nature of the international politics and some of the key issues in the field. Individual units deal with a range of topics such as global security, economics and ethics.


Students successfully completing this course should have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse 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:

(a.) two core units (24 points) and two elective units at level four (24 points)

(b.) 24 points at level five by undertaking one of the following options:

  • two units
  • a unit and a 9000 word research project
  • an 18,000 word research dissertation.

Unless otherwise indicated, all units are 12 points. Not all units will be available every year.


Core units

Students complete a minimum of two of:

  • APG4323 Ethics in world politics
  • APG4324 Advanced seminar in international political economy
  • APG4327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • APG4330 Global soul: Consumers, citizens and rebels
  • APG4332 Strategic studies


Part-time students should seek advice about selection of units from the course coordinator.

* Entry into APG5848, APG5849, APG5850 and APG5856 will be reserved for students who have achieved distinction plus results in the core units.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with course 3765 Graduate Certificate in International Relations.
  • 48 points with course 1400 Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations.


Master of International Relations