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Students who commenced study in 2015 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course codeA2001
Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBGS
CRICOS code083203B
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT

Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)

Students may select free elective units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) Web address:

Course coordinator

Dr Sarah McDonald


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


How can we conceptualise the most important challenges confronting our global communities, devise new and innovative solutions to these challenges, and communicate the solutions effectively? The Bachelor of Global Studies course has been designed for students who seek to be leaders in applying their knowledge to these global challenges.

The course aims to develop leadership for social change focusing on key capabilities: creativity, teamwork, cross-cultural collaboration, critical thinking, self-learning, analytical writing skills. All core units will enable students to apply their learning in practical and professional 'real life' contexts.

We seek to cultivate in our students a rich understanding of the interplay of local, regional and global forces and equip them with sharp analytical abilities and flexible, imaginative and well-informed disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.

A key component of the degree is a required period of study overseas that can be completed intensively, at a Monash international campus or at a prestigious partner university.


Global cultural literacies

This new interdisciplinary field fosters awareness of language as a critical site of cultural interaction and negotiation, conflict and cooperation. Students can take this specialisation with a language focus in Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean or Spanish.

International relations

This discipline examines the dynamics of global politics and economics, including the relationships between political institutions, international organisations, governmental and non-governmental actors. It uses evidence-based explanations to study war/conflict, development, financial, and other crises at the global level.

International studies

This interdisciplinary field of study focuses on the lived experience of people in a variety of social and cultural settings, fostering critical thinking about the effects of globalisation across cultures.

Double degrees

Student completing the Bachelor of Global Studies as a double degree should refer to:

  • this course entry for the requirements of the Bachelor of Global Studies
  • the course entry for the partner course in their double degree.

The Bachelor of Global Studies can be taken as a double degree in the following courses:

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


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course as a single degree or as a component of a double degree it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • Identify, define and describe key global challenges
  • Apply knowledge about key global challenges to understand and examine different global contexts
  • Compare and contrast a range of solutions to global challenges in different historical, linguistic and geographical settings;
  • Demonstrate sophisticated knowledge of models of leadership and social change
  • Construct and communicate new understandings and practical innovative approaches to global challenges.

Overseas study costs

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit points of overseas study, and need to be aware that there will be personal financial costs associated with the compulsory overseas study component of this course. Grants may be available but are not guaranteed. Contact Monash AbroadMonash Abroad ( or [ ([Arts study overseas webpage] for more information.


This course consists of core units, compulsory studies in a specialisation, and elective units.

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at level 1.

Students must complete a minimum of 24 points at level 3.

It is recommended that students complete level-1 sequences first as these lay the foundation for further study in an area of arts.


All students

All single and double degree students must complete:

(A.) core arts course-grouped studies (96 points) comprising:

(1.) the following core units (24 points):

  • ATS1020 Leadership for social change 1 (6 points)*
  • ATS2086 Leadership for social change 2 (6 points)*
  • ATS3111 Leadership for social change 3 (12 points)*

(2.) units as outlined for one of the global studies specialisations listed under 'Areas of study' (72 points):

Single degree students only

Students in the single degree of Bachelor of Global Studies must complete:

(B.) free electives (48 points) which can be chosen:

  • from Arts or any faculty, however, for students not completing the specialisation in global cultural literacies, a standard arts language major (48 points) from those listed under 'Areas of study', or electives from the list below are recommended
  • may be chosen to form minors or a major
  • as individual units.

Available arts majors and minors are listed under 'Areas of study'.

Free elective units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. Note: Some non-arts units may require permission from the owning faculty. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

Recommended electives

  • ATS1255 Culture, power and globalization
  • ATS1279 Media and culture
  • ATS1309 The global challenge
  • ATS1310 Extreme Earth! Natural hazards and human vulnerability
  • ATS1320 Nations at war: Revolution and empire
  • ATS1321 Nations at war: The twentieth century
  • ATS2214/ATS3214 Italy on film**
  • ATS2250 Communications and cultures in the global era
  • ATS2373/ATS3373 Visualising cultures; film and ethnography
  • ATS2379/ATS3379 Fairy tale in Italy**
  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great war**
  • ATS2444/ATS3444 Inscribing Italy: Travels and imaginings**
  • ATS2606/ATS3606 The island world of Southeast Asia
  • ATS2607/ATS3607 Nationalism and revolution in Southeast Asia
  • ATS2612/ATS3612 The Renaissance in Florence**
  • ATS2678/ATS3678 Language and identity
  • ATS2716 Cultural diversity, citizenship and identity
  • ATS2779 Climate change and variability
  • ATS2898/ATS3898 The Italian city through an historical and literary perspective**
  • ATS2946 Critical thinking - how to analyse arguments and improve your reasoning skills
  • ATS3040 Cultures of remembrance
  • ATS3071 France on film
  • ATS3129 Arts internship
  • ATS3130 Arts international internship
  • ATS3207 Film and society in Spain and Latin America
  • ATS3281 Cultural landscape, environment and sustainability in Italy**
  • ATS3314 Seeking justice: South Africa and Rwanda**
  • ATS3399 The self and others: identity and the experience of difference in the 21st century
  • ATS3539 Asian cinema and television
  • ATS3553 Field studies in regional sustainability**
  • ATS3558 Global change and the earth system
  • ATS3791 Environmental change: Past to future**
  • ATS3887 Designing urban futures: Urban climate, water and adaptation
  • MGC2950 Managing sustainability
  • MON1001 Climate change: An interdisciplinary challenge
  • MON3004 Forms of identity
  • cornerstone and capstone units and other electives from the global studies specialisations not already completed maybe taken as free electives

* This unit cannot be taken as an elective

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

Areas of study


Bachelor of Global Studies