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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 titleGDipEurIntStudies
CRICOS code069267C
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Professor Pascaline Winand


This course is an inter-disciplinary program which explores the significance of the European Union (EU) in the world. It investigates its political, legal, economic, social, humanitarian, environmental, and security implications for the international system.

Its goal is to provide professionals or future professionals with a particular interest in the European region, with a broad and deep understanding of the institutional framework and policy-making processes of the European Union and its relations with non-EU countries, regions and international organisations. The course draws on a variety of disciplines: management, law, politics, sociology, and history. A diverse range of learning experiences is derived from traditional and innovative teaching methods drawing on face-to-face contact, lectures, seminars and video conferences, as well as audiovisual, multimedia and multisource material, and study abroad.

A wide choice of core units is available covering topics such as:

  • an introduction to the history and the policy-making processes of the EU
  • the investigation of the role of the EU in the world in the economic, monetary, political, social, environmental, development aid, human rights and security fields
  • an analysis of regional and inter-regional arrangements and processes in Europe, Asia and the Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Africa
  • an introduction to the basic principles of EU law, of benefit to both established legal practitioners and those without a legal background wishing to become familiar with the legal framework of the EU
  • an introduction to the place of the EU in the international business environment
  • a practical exploration of interest representation and lobbying in the EU and in Europe.

The extensive range of elective units reflects the interdisciplinary and flexible approach of the program and allows students to develop their understanding of several aspects of the EU. Students may choose a concentration of electives in a given field. They may also elect to write a research paper. As part of their electives, students are offered the opportunity of completing an internship in Brussels, an intensive study program at the Monash Prato Centre in Italy (with the collaboration of the European University Institute, Florence) or a semester abroad at participating European universities, institutes and centers, including Science Po (Paris) and the Institut d'Etudes europennes (Universit Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels). Students are also encouraged to deepen their knowledge of one or more European languages.


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 six 6-point core units and 12 points of electives.


Core units

Elective units

Students may choose from a wide range of electives offered by the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Law. Students will choose their electives in consultation with the course coordinator.

Students who wish to study a European language may choose up to two 6-point language units from units offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics in consultation with the head of the school, the director of the Monash European and EU Centre and the unit coordinators.

Students may choose to substitute 12 points of electives with a 12-point research or policy paper.

A list of available electives for the Graduate Diploma in European and International Studies is available on request from the Monash European and EU Centre.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course with a minimum of a credit average are eligible to apply to enter course 3924 Master of European and International Studies.


Graduate Diploma in European and International Studies