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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 Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
CoordinatorDr Julie Kalman


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


International studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that brings to life the issues and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world. As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, it is important to understand our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours and trading partners. In order to compete in the international marketplace of products, ideas and knowledge, we need to understand and respect the cultures and beliefs of others. In international studies, we begin by placing today's world in context: we examine the history of the 20th century, and then move on to study the issues facing the world in the 21st century.

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:

  • demonstrate a deep understanding of a range of major issues and concepts associated with contemporary globalisation and how these are understood differently in a variety of national and cultural contexts
  • identify a range of theoretical tools used by scholars in order to understand and describe these issues and concepts and have a demonstrated capacity to apply these across national and cultural boundaries
  • demonstrate a capacity to think reflectively about the relationship and interactions between issues, events and concepts in different places and cultures across the world, and to recognise the inter-relatedness of these issues and concepts
  • demonstrate a capacity, through the successful completion of a range of assignments and other assessment tasks, to identify and select appropriate information, and appropriate procedures, to interpret and report on contemporary economic, social, cultural and political change using a variety of methods, sources and data in both English and where appropriate other languages
  • demonstrate a capacity to communicate clearly using written, oral and other media to present a sophisticated argument about an issue or concept that is of contemporary global importance.


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

(a.) specialisation core units (24 points) as follows:

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

(ii.) at least one second-year cornerstone unitcornerstone unit ( (6 points) from:

  • ATS2625 Mobile worlds: Migrants, refugees and the politics of belonging
  • ATS2628 Power and poverty: International development in a globalised world
  • ATS2633 Global cities: Past, present and future
  • ATS2941 Asia's underside: Violence, crime and protest

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

  • ATS3089 Social institutions and power in Asia
  • ATS3623 Nationality, ethnicity and conflict
  • ATS3627 Global cultures, local traditions: Creating and consuming (popular) culture

(b.) specialisation elective units (48 points) from:

  • ATS2354/ATS3354 Interrogating racism: Indigenous Australians and The state
  • ATS2378 The anthropology of international development
  • ATS2382 War and memory in The Asia Pacific: Legacies of world War II
  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in The Great War
  • ATS2394/ATS3394 Australia and Asia
  • ATS2395 Australia in a globalising world
  • ATS2521 Conflict and culture in Europe
  • ATS2547 Cities and sustainability
  • ATS2563 Global consumption
  • ATS2586 Islam: Principles, civilisations, influences
  • ATS2596 The Vietnam War
  • ATS2621 Religion as culture in The Malay world
  • ATS2624 Global governance
  • ATS2629 Religion and spirituality in a globalising world
  • ATS2637 The human body and The international marketplace
  • ATS2640 The ethics of Global conflict
  • ATS2691 Politics, violence and memory
  • ATS2694 International political economy
  • ATS2698 Middle East Politics
  • ATS2706 Foreign policy analysis
  • ATS2778 Public spaces and city life
  • ATS2909 Villains and rogues: A history of ideas about gangsters
  • ATS3124 Bread lines behind The Iron Curtain: Everyday life in communist Eastern Europe
  • ATS3314 Seeking justice: South Africa and Rwanda*
  • ATS3392 A lonely planet? Travel, culture, power
  • ATS3462 International crime and justice
  • ATS3522 Governing The European Union
  • ATS3580 The modern Middle East
  • ATS3626 Global disasters: Catastrophe and social change
  • ATS3631 The idea of travel: Global perspectives
  • ATS3632 Post-conflict: Justice, memory, reconciliation
  • ATS3634 Indigenous peoples globally
  • ATS3636 Sacred and profane: Religion, the secular and the state
  • ATS3638 Global childhoods: Children's rights, welfare and mobility in a global context
  • ATS3690 Reflections on humanity: Truth, freedom and power
  • ATS3697 Gender and international relations
  • ATS3897 Borderless media in East Asia
  • ATS3908 American empire: The United States from colonies to superpower
  • ATS3952 The world of textiles
  • ATS3956 Witnessing trauma
  • MON2003/MON3001 Social inclusion internship: Working on migrant and refugee settlement in multicultural communities
  • cornerstone and capstone units and electives from other specialisations not already completed maybe taken as free electives

* Taught in South Africa. 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