Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPolitics and International Relations
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ben MacQueen


The unit will explore modern political governance; the modes of authority, control, and participation within and amongst states. The focus of this unit is on dominant modes of governance, with a particular emphasis on processes of democracy and democratisation. In exploration of this, the unit will explore the development of formal participatory democracy, particularly liberal democracy, as a global norm through the 20th century before examining the pressures for and against democratic development across the world. From a focus on various forms of established liberal democracy (presidential and parliamentary systems), this unit will move to detailed case studies of the Middle East, Latin America, and South-East Asia to investigate efforts at formalising political participation, the persistence of informal modes of participation, and the perseverance of autocratic and authoritarian rule.


Upon completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. An ability to critically engage in key debates framing global politics and international relations
  2. An ability to work in and adapt to a variety of different cultural and professional environments
  3. An ability to display intricate knowledge of a variety of value and ethical systems, and conduct themselves professionally in all working environments
  4. An ability to be innovators in their chosen field
  5. An ability to apply the highest standard of analytical and critical skills
  6. An ability to design and manage large and focused research projects
  7. An ability to communicate succinctly, directly, and highly effectively


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS4337, APG4337