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 Applied Media and Social Sciences
School of Political and Social Inquiry
Campus(es)Clayton, Gippsland


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


Politics is a field of study that focuses on the way people live in association, addressing in particular the institutions, practices and cultural meanings of public and private expressions of power. It examines basic questions about the nature of politics and communities, and how they are organised. The politics discipline takes an analytical-critical rather than simply descriptive approach to the area, attempting to explain why and how things happen politically.

Politics staff are active researchers. Supervision of research candidates is available in a wide range of sub-fields, including specialisations in the nature and implications of globalisation, social and political theory, contemporary political cultures and Australian politics.

Refer also to the postgraduate area of study entries for:


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Offered by the School of Political and Social Inquiry

Students complete 48 points including one core unit and three electives chosen from the list below.

Core unit

  • APG4798 Research project (Politics)


  • APG4324 Advanced seminar in international political economy
  • APG4327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • APG4328 Grand theories of politics
  • APG4329 Political Islam
  • APG4330 Global soul: Consumers, citizens and rebels
  • APG4332 Strategic studies
  • APG4333 Australian national government
  • APG4334 Southeast Asian politics
  • APG4336 Islam and modernity
  • APG4337 Conflict resolution and Islam in the Middle East
  • APG4667 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • APG4668 Perspectives on world politics
Course coordinator

Dr Andy Butfoy

Offered by the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences (SAMMS)

Students are complete 48 comprising the following units:

  • ATS4794 Research writing in history and politics
  • ATS4805 SAMMS honours dissertation part 1
  • ATS4806 SAMMS honours dissertation part 2
  • ATS4807 SAMMS selected topics in theory and practice
Course coordinator

Dr Keith Wilson

Further courses

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

Relevant courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.