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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

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

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Managing faculty



Dr Sarah McDonald

Contact details

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

Admission and fees

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Course type

Single degree

Standard duration

3 years FT, 6 years PT

Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course including any periods of intermission.

Mode and location

On-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. Note: This course has a compulsory overseas study component.


Bachelor of Global Studies

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the 2016 handbook change register for details.


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 focussing on key capabilities: creativity, teamwork, cross-cultural collaboration, critical thinking, self-learning, analytical writing skills. We seek to cultivate a rich understanding of the interplay of local, regional and global forces and equip you with sharp analytical abilities and flexible, imaginative and well-informed disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. All core units will enable you to apply your learning in practical and professional 'real life' contexts.

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

Double degrees

The Bachelor of Global Studies can be taken in combination with the following courses:

  • B2001 Bachelor of Commerce
  • S2000 Bachelor of Science
  • L3001 Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

This will lead to the award of two degrees, the Bachelor of Global Studies and the degree awarded by the partner course. The requirements for the award of the Bachelor of Global Studies degree are the same whether the award is earned through a single or double degree course. Students should refer to the course entry for the partner course and the course mapcourse map ( for the double degree for the requirements of the other degree.


  • Global cultural literacies
  • International relations
  • International 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 it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. identify, define and describe key global challenges
  2. apply knowledge about key global challenges to understand and examine different global contexts
  3. compare and contrast a range of solutions to global challenges in different historical, linguistic and geographical settings
  4. demonstrate sophisticated knowledge of models of leadership and social change
  5. construct and communicate new understandings and practical innovative approaches to global challenges.

Overseas study costs

This course includes a compulsory overseas study component. There are a range of study abroad options and students should refer to the faculty's Study overseasStudy overseas ( webpage for more information including additional costs, as well as opportunities for funding.

Our Global Scholars ProgramGlobal Scholars Program ( also provides eligible students with financial assistance for the costs associated with overseas studies.


The course develops through two themes, which will provide you with interdisciplinary approaches to addressing the key challenges facing the global community and in-depth expertise in your specialised area of study to enable you to effect change.

Part A. Leadership, culture and globalisation

You will compare and contrast a range of solutions in different historical, linguistic, cultural, and geographical settings, focussing especially on developing an understanding of effective leadership across a range of contexts to formulate practical and innovative approaches to global challenges.

Part B. Global studies specialist knowledge

These units will provide in-depth knowledge of the specific facet of global studies that comprises your specialisation, providing you with the practical and theoretical skills and knowledge needed to critically analyse, communicate and apply your disciplinary knowledge.

Part C. Free elective study

Electives will enable you to further develop your knowledge in the area of global studies, or arts more generally, or to select units from across the faculty or the University in which you are eligible to enrol.


The course comprises 144 points, of which 96 points are global studies and 48 points are free electives.

The course develops through theme studies in: A. Leadership, culture and globalisation and B. Global studies specialist knowledge.

Elective units may be at any level, however, no more than ten units (60 points) can be credited to the global studies course at level 1 and a minimum of 36 points must be completed at level 3, of which four must be from the specialisation. It is recommended that you complete level 1 sequences first as these lay the foundation for further study.

A minimum of 18 points must be chosen for study abroad from either the units listed under your specialisation or at an overseas partner institution.

Students completing a double degree must complete no more than six level 1 Arts units (36 points) and at least 36 points at level 3 of which at least 24 points must be Arts units.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are six points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Leadership, culture and globalisation (24 points)

All students complete:

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

Part B. Global studies specialist knowledge (72 points)

Students complete core and elective units in one of the following specialisations:

Part C. Free elective study (48 points)

Elective units may be chosen from the faculty or across the University as long as you have the prerequisites and there are no restrictions on admission to the units. The units may be at any level, however, no more than ten units (60 points) at level 1 can be credited to the Bachelor of Global Studies.

Units from the elective lists for the specialisations in this course and those listed below are recommended, as are any remaining cornerstone or capstone units from any of the specialisations. For students not completing the specialisation in global cultural literacies, a language major (48 points) or minor (24 points) from those listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts is recommended.

For students in a double degree course, some units required for the other degree are credited as electives towards the global studies degree.

Recommended electives

Refer to the capstone units and electives listed in any of the specialisations, and the lists below.

Other recommended electives

  • ATS1255 Encountering cultures: Introduction to anthropology 1
  • 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
  • ATS2250 Communications and cultures in the global era
  • ATS2373/ATS3373 Visualising cultures: Film and ethnography
  • ATS2606/ATS3606 The island world of Southeast Asia
  • ATS2607/ATS3607 Nationalism and revolution in Southeast Asia
  • ATS2678/ATS3678 Language and identity
  • ATS2716 Cultural diversity and identity
  • ATS2779 Climate change and variability
  • 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
  • ATS3399 The politics of identity
  • ATS3539 Asian cinema and television
  • ATS3558 Climate change and impacts on the earth system
  • ATS3887 Designing urban futures: Urban climate, water and adaptation
  • ATS3933 The meaning of things: Writing cultural history
  • MGC2950 Managing for sustainability
  • MON3004 Forms of identity

Study at Prato, other overseas locations or including field trips

Progression to further studies

Students successfully completing the Bachelor of Global Studies may proceed to a one year honours program leading to A3701 Bachelor of Arts (Honours). To be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), students must obtain a distinction grade average (70 per cent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant units at level 3, which will normally include at least 24 points of units in the discipline in which you wish to undertake honours.