Monash University

Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study 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 area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 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 Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
CoordinatorDr Sarah McDonald


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


Global cultural literacies is an interdisciplinary field that fosters awareness of language as a critical site of cultural interaction and negotiation, conflict and cooperation. Students build intercultural communication skills in an interdisciplinary environment that fosters the application of knowledge in real world contexts. Students can take this specialisation with a language focus in Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean or Spanish.

Compulsory overseas study component

A minimum of 18 points must be chosen for study abroad from the units listed below or an overseas partner institution. For more information go to [ ([Arts study abroad].


Students must complete a global cultural literacies specialisation (72 points) comprising:

(a.) language units in one of the languages listed below at a level appropriate to the student's expertise (48 points):

(b.) global cultural literacy gateway, cornerstone, capstone and electives (24 points) as follows:

(i.) one first year gateway unitgateway unit (

(ii.) at least one second-year cornerstone unitcornerstone unit ( from:

  • ATS2671 Managing intercultural communication
  • ATS2770 English as an international language: Language and globalisation

(iii.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit ( from:

  • ATS3064 Intercultural communication: Developing competences in a multicultural context
  • ATS3083 Translating across cultures *
  • MON3002 Global connections: Understanding cultural literacy

(iv.) a maximum of one elective if required to bring the total for (b.) to 24 points chosen from the list below:

  • ATS1319 Understanding Asia: An introduction to Asian history and culture
  • ATS2214/ATS3214 Italy on film**
  • ATS2250 Communications and cultures in the global era
  • ATS2379/ATS3379 Fairy tale in Italy**
  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War**
  • ATS2444/ATS3444 Inscribing Italy: Travels and imaginings**
  • ATS2382 War and memory in the Asia Pacific: Legacies of World War II
  • ATS2612/ATS3612 The Renaissance in Florence**
  • ATS2678/ATS3678 Language and identity
  • ATS2648 Contemporary Japan
  • ATS2898/ATS3898 The Italian city through an historical and literary perspective**
  • ATS2941 Asia's underside: Violence, crime and protest
  • ATS3018 Writing the nation
  • ATS3040 Cultures of remembrance
  • ATS3071 France on film
  • ATS3089 Social institutions and power in Asia
  • ATS3207 Film and society in Spain and Latin America
  • ATS3539 Asian cinema and television
  • ATS3627 Global cultures, local traditions: Creating and consuming (popular) culture
  • ATS3652 Japan as empire: From Meiji to 1945
  • ATS3778 English as an international language: World Englishes
  • ATS3779 English as an international language: Language and culture
  • ATS3897 Borderless media in East Asia
  • ATS3951 Japanese popular culture and identity
  • MON3004 Forms of identity
  • cornerstone and capstone units and electives from other specialisations not already completed may be taken as free electives

* Students who have completed this unit as a cornerstone in the language component will have to choose another unit.

** This unit requires study in Prato, Italy or another overseas locations or includes field trips.

Relevant courses


Single degrees

  • A2001 Bachelor of Global Studies

Double degrees

  • B2006 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • S2003 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies