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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations


Dr Remy Davison



  • Term 3 2016 (Flexible)


This unit is an international study programinternational study program (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/study-overseas/) that requires an application to be enrolled and may incur additional cost.The unit may be offered as part of the Winter Arts ProgramWinter Arts Program (http://www.monash.edu/students/courses/arts/winter-program.html).


Washington D.C. is the headquarters of the majority of the world's international organizations. This unit comprises a two-week (16-day) stay in Washington D.C. It aims to provide an intensive study tour of Washington D.C., giving students first-hand experience and access to practitioners of complex international public policy-making in major global governance institutions, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and leading think tanks. Students will learn about the objectives, policy practices and ethical, legal and financial obligations of a range of institutions operating in the Washington D.C. area. Visits may include the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group, the International Labour Organization, the UN World Food Program, UNICEF, the UN Environment Program, NGOs and US Congress.


  1. Students who complete this unit successfully will gain first-hand experience of the work undertaken by policy makers and key institutions in Washington, D.C, USA;
  2. Students will develop an understanding of the complexities and challenges associated with the formulation of international public policy;
  3. Students will become acquainted with the structures and processes of contemporary global governance;
  4. Students will comprehend the nature of international public policy research and reporting;
  5. Students will gain direct exposure to the legal, financial and political reporting requirements associated with international public policy implementation;
  6. Students will gain an understanding of the social, cross-cultural and ethical objectives and implications associated with international public policy implementation.


Within semester assessment: 75%
Exam: 25%

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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Off-campus attendance requirements

16 days intensive study tour in Washington D.C, USA

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


Completion of a minor sequence in International relations
Or minor sequence in Politics