Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of Study

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The French studies program is home to the 'Australian Journal of French Studies'.

Specific research strengths include:

  • 19th-century French literature (especially Zola and the late 19th-century novel)
  • contemporary poetry
  • contemporary popular culture
  • critical theory and practice
  • film studies
  • foreign language learning and classroom instruction
  • French political philosophy and social theory
  • literary translation and translation studies
  • new technologies and language learning
  • the contemporary novel
  • writing in a foreign language and L2 writing instruction.

For a full list of staff and research interests, see


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Students complete one of the following (48 points):

  • two coursework honours units and a 24-point thesis
  • three coursework honours units and a 12-point thesis

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the French studies postgraduate coordinator.

Course coordinator

Dr Philip Anderson

Master of Arts by Research and Coursework

The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry at

This program will enable students to focus their studies around a research thesis in French studies. The coursework component is designed to encourage the theoretical issues and practical application relating to French studies to broaden and deepen the students' understanding of this discipline, thereby providing a fuller appreciation of the context in which the research project will be conceptualised.


Students complete 24 points at fifth-year level from:

  • APG5444 Directed reading in French studies 1
  • APG5445 Directed reading in French studies 2
  • APG5652 Managing intercultural communication
  • APG5688 Directed reading in translation studies
  • APG5874 Technology and translation
  • APG5876 Theoretical issues in literary and cultural translation
  • APG5877 Research project in translation/interpreting studies
  • APG5878 Research dissertation in translation/interpreting

Students may also take other fifth-year units in cognate areas with the approval of the course coordinator, eg comparative literature and cultural studies, linguistics, or European and international studies, including:

  • APG5265 Poetics
  • APG5266 Deleuze and Foucault
  • APG5267 Hermeneutics
  • APG5418 Semiotic and poststructural theory of literature and culture
  • APG5419 Gender, body and performance
  • APG5420 Popular culture and ethics
  • APG5435 European Union: History, debates, politics
  • APG5436 Comparative regionalism
  • APG5437 Business, civil society and lobbying in the European Union
  • APG5438 The European Union and the world

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Research)
  • 2846 Master of Arts by Research and Coursework
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.