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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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.

Monash University

NOTE: This area of study has been updated - please refer to the change register for details.


Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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.

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

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Dr Sarah McDonald


Faculty of Arts

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics



This is a new interdisciplinary field that 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.

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 (


Students complete:

(a.) Three units (18 points) as follows:

One level 1 gateway unit (6 points):

One level 2 cornerstone unit (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS2671 Managing intercultural communication
  • ATS2732 Writing the world, the other and the self
  • ATS2770 English as an international language: Language and globalisation

One level 3 capstone unit (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS3064 Cultural intelligence: Building competencies for global leadership
  • ATS3083 Translating across cultures
  • ATS3302 Global connections: Understanding cultural literacy

(b.) Eight units (48 points) in one of the language studies listed below, equivalent to a major in that language and following the entry point guidelines and order prescribed under the Bachelor of Arts:

(c.) One additional unit (6 points) from the remaining cornerstone and capstone units above or list of global cultural literacies electives below.

Global cultural literacies electives

  • ATS1319 Understanding Asia: An introduction to Asian history and culture
  • ATS2382 War and memory in the Asia Pacific: Legacies of World War II
  • ATS2648 Contemporary Japan
  • ATS2941 Asia's underside: Violence, crime and protest
  • ATS3018 Writing the Nation
  • ATS3089 Social institutions and power in Asia
  • 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 Cultural linguistics
  • ATS3798 Global Shakespeares
  • ATS3951 Japanese popular culture and identity

Relevant courses


Single degrees

Successful completion of this specialisation can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:

  • A2001 Bachelor of Global Studies

Students in other single bachelor's degrees are not eligible to complete this specialisation.

Double degrees

Successful completion of this specialisation can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Global Studies component in the following double degrees:

  • B2006 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • L3009 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • S2003 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies