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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 Social Sciences
CoordinatorDr Remy Davison


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


International relations as a discipline was founded after World War I and has evolved over the course of the century. However, its core purposes remain the same: to explain seemingly intractable global problems and the political nature of responses to them, and to consider whether there are global responsibilities. The discipline advances critical knowledge about the causes, consequences and challenges of mitigating conflict and promoting cooperation within and across states and societies. It is concerned with the relationships between international structures, processes and political institutions including states, non-government organisations (NGOs), social movements, and international organisations such as the United Nations and its specialised agencies, the World Trade Organisation, NATO, and the European Union. Concepts of power, sovereignty, security and the state are central to the subject matter of international relations. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking, creativity, team work, research-based learning and analytical writing skills in order to understand contemporary changes and historical continuities in international relations.

International relations at Monash aims to offer students an understanding of many aspects of contemporary global politics and economics, coupled with a solid intellectual grounding in the key debates, historical events, and political institutions in which the discipline is immersed.

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 abroadArts study abroad (


Upon successful completion of the specialisation, students will be able to:

  • recognise, interpret and analyse mainstream and critical theoretical perspectives and conventional and alternative concepts in the study of international relations across its four subfields (security studies, international political economy, foreign policy, global governance)
  • apply these perspectives and concepts to illuminate and examine a new or existing problem in the study of international relations
  • comprehend and constructively engage with current affairs, international relations scholarly articles and books, and put them in an appropriate theoretical and empirical context
  • communicate orally and in writing using clear and persuasive language appropriate for an international academic community and a general audience
  • demonstrate creativity and self-learning through research-based projects
  • synthesise skills of creativity, team work, critical thinking, self-learning and analytical writing through differentiated assessment tasks of individual or group oral presentation using multimedia resources and a research-based written essay or reports.


Students must complete an international relations specialisation (72 points) comprising:

(a.) core units (30 points) as follows:

(i.) two first year gateway unitsgateway units ( (12 points):

  • ATS1701 Terrorism and political violence: An introduction
  • ATS1873 Introduction to international relations

(ii.) two second-year cornerstone unitscornerstone units ( (12 points):

(iii.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit ( (6 points) from:

  • ATS3340 International security studies
  • ATS3705 Knowledge and power in world politics

(b.) elective units (42 points) from:

  • ATS2378 The anthropology of international development
  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War*
  • ATS2640 The ethics of global conflict
  • ATS2691 Politics, violence and memory
  • ATS2694 International political economy
  • ATS2698 Middle east politics
  • ATS2975 Building blocs: The European Union and the Asia-Pacific
  • ATS3697 Gender and international relations
  • ATS3973 The political economy of European integration
  • ATS3974 European security
  • cornerstone and capstone units and electives not already completed maybe taken as free electives

* Taught in Prato, Italy. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

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