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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - 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 titleBA (Global)
CRICOS code054582D
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton, South Africa, Sunway)
Admission, fee and application details
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  • In order to qualify for the BA (Global) degree all students must complete GLO3001. This unit is offered in semester two only, but may be undertaken at a Monash campus in Australia or overseas. It is the student's responsibility to take this requirement into account when making decisions about the location and duration of their study abroad experience.
  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
  • This course has a compulsory overseas study/exchange component - it is the student's responsibility to take this requirement into account when making decisions about their unit choices and study abroad experience. Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


This course builds on the broad teaching and learning objectives of the Bachelor of Arts while developing a specialised focus on studies within an international framework. Students are able to explore and develop their knowledge and studies of the humanities through completing a compulsory international studies major sequence and undertaking studies on off-shore campuses as well as via flexible delivery mode. Students can undertake studies in related areas, including the various language programs offered by the Faculty of Arts.


In addition to developing a broad and critical understanding of knowledge, the course is designed to foster an intellectual and cultural curiosity as a preparation for lifelong learning.

Graduates are expected to:

  • develop the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge
  • develop the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in various humanities, arts and social science disciplines
  • develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the disciplines they study
  • become aware of the combination of personal and cultural understandings, ethical attitudes, and (where appropriate) the physical and aesthetic appreciations that underpin the traditional liberal arts education provided by the faculty
  • develop the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills such as computer skills, as are appropriate to the disciplines they study
  • demonstrate the capacity to apply these studies in the changing circumstances of intellectual life and of the profession they are likely to inhabit
  • have an understanding of international trends and of the intellectual context of economic, technological and social change
  • develop the skills and attitudes required to undertake life-long learning.


This course consists of a major, a minor, two core units and additional units to a total value of 144 points.

Areas of study

For information on majors and minors, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at (students at South Africa and Sunway should note the areas of study available at those campuses listed below).

South Africa

The Bachelor of Arts degree in South Africa currently offers major sequences in:

  • communications and media studies
  • comparative literature and cultural studies
  • geography and environmental science
  • international studies
  • psychology.

Students can also take units from the disciplines of:

  • English
  • French
  • criminology.


The Bachelor of Arts degree at Sunway currently offers major sequences in:

  • communication
  • writing
  • international studies
  • journalism
  • psychology.


Students must complete the following:

(a.) an international studies major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) a first-year arts sequence in a third area of study (12 points)

(d.) ATS2559/ATS3559 Global studies core unit (6 points)

(e.) ATS3793 Global research core unit (6 points)

(f.) 48 points of electives (from arts or another faculty). Note: Psychology can be taken within the 48 points of electives but cannot be used as an arts minor or first-year sequence

(g.) a minimum of one and a maximum of three semester(s) abroad at another Monash campus or designated overseas university (ie exchange partner).

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of Arts.

Students are able to undertake a maximum of 48 points by off-campus distributed learning/flexible delivery.


Bachelor of Arts (Global)