Monash University

Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 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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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences
Campus(es)Berwick, Gippsland


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • The sequence of units and their availability differ between campuses (refer to the individual campus entries below).


Berwick, Gippsland and off-campus learning

Offered by the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences

English offers a sequence of units focusing on English language as it is used for a range of communicative and cultural purposes. The approach is interdisciplinary (drawing on linguistics, philosophy, sociology, communications as well as traditional disciplines of literary criticism) and the range of texts studied is diverse (including contemporary and canonical literature, formal and academic writing, popular fiction, poetry and journalism). The emphasis is on the complex relations between the texts we read for pleasure or craft to communicate with others and the social and intellectual conditions which give birth to them. In this way, English combines a love of reading with a passion for thinking, to provide a chance to understand and debate the significance and purpose of communication and culture in its many varied forms.

The English minor may be of interest to students studying the humanities and seeking to improve their English literacy - an attribute increasingly valued by a range of employers. The English program aims to equip students with high levels of English language skills and cultural literacy, including developed aptitudes for the understanding and use of English for a variety of purposes, advanced skills in critical reading and interpretation, and an appreciation of the cultural and social history which has shaped the world we live in.


On completion of the English minor, students will have:

  • general competence in the understanding and use of English for a variety of purposes
  • a range of effective reading strategies, including strategies of evaluation, and advanced skills in close and critical reading
  • an appreciation of the complex relations between cultural and material history and between literature, life and society
  • an ability to debate the significance of literature and the various ways of engaging in literary interpretation
  • detailed knowledge of the aesthetic form and social context of production of a selection of key works in literary history.


Berwick, Gippsland and off-campus learning

Students can complete an advanced sequence and an advanced minor chosen from the units listed below. While the units listed as electives are offered at both second and third levels, students must complete the electives at third-year level to complete the minor.

Second/Third -year level

Students studying an advanced second-year sequence in English must complete two units (12 points) from the compulsory units listed below.

Students studying an advanced minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in English must complete four units (24 points) from the units listed below, including two compulsory units at second year and two elective units at third year.

Compulsory units
Elective units

Relevant courses


Single degrees

  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

Double degrees

  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 4208 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Disability