Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; 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 course.

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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 titleMIntCrisisMgt
CRICOS code069268B
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Sharmini Sherrard


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Core units are offered in intensive mode.


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2011. For details of change/s, please consult the change register at

This course aims to develop the required knowledge, skills and competencies for responding to complex emergencies and post-crisis management.

It has been designed to meet the needs of professionals for academic training in the currently neglected field of complex crisis management, including the core issues of human security, conflict and natural disasters.

The course introduces students to the principles of multi-disciplinary crisis management through evidence-based case studies, and stresses the importance of a people-centred approach and a sound understanding of relevant issues such as human rights, vulnerable groups and sustainability.

The specific role of technology and civilian and military responses are analysed by a team of world class scholars and experienced practitioners.

Professionals working or intending to work in the following fields are encouraged to apply:

  • international crisis management/relief/recovery
  • humanitarian and emergency relief
  • natural disaster relief, mitigation and preparedness
  • civil-military relations/policy in all the above.

This is an inter-disciplinary course for students from different disciplines and backgrounds. A broad range of electives is available to choose from, so that students can select a course most relevant to their professional and educational aspirations, be they in areas such as medicine, business, engineering and law, or in the humanities.


The aims of this course are to:

  • promote analysis of core principles in crisis management
  • provide comprehensive cross-cultural perspectives
  • generate familiarity with field-based examples
  • develop critical research, analytical and writing skills for balanced assessments of strategies and policies
  • develop problem-solving skills.


Research and investigative fieldwork is essential, and opportunities exist for both in Australian and overseas locations.


This course conssits of two 12-point core units and electives or research projects. All units are worth 12 points unless otherwise stated.


Core units

Students complete:


Students choose electives to the value of 48 points from the following:

  • APG4327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • APG4385/APG5385 Investigating Asia
  • APG4408 Strategic communication
  • APG4438/APG5438 The European Union and the world (6 points)
  • APG4627 Research in political ecology (6 points)
  • APG4654/APG5654 Islamic business and economics
  • APG4657/APG5657 Beyond conflict: Democracy, electoral management and civil society
  • APG4658/APG5658 International crisis management research project
  • APG4667/APG5667 Terrorism, fringe politics and extremist violence
  • APG4807 Participatory planning: Local, national and international perspectives
  • APG5382 Contemporary issues in Asia
  • LAW7425 International refugee law and human rights

Typically students will progress from units offered sequentially in each semester, but exceptions can be made on request.

Progression to further studies

Students with a distinction average can, on the completion of the 48 points in the first year of this course and with the recommendation of their supervisors, transfer into an arts masters by research or PhD program.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course early may apply to graduate with one of the following:

  • a related graduate certificate after successfully completing 24 credit points, consisting of any of APG4655, APG5655, APG4656 or APG5656
  • a related graduate diploma after successfully completing 48 credit points, consisting of APG4655, APG5655, APG4656 or APG5656 plus two electives or two research projects.


Master of International Crisis Management