A0502 - Diploma of Liberal Arts - 2017

Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Arts.

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty


Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit the Arts undergraduate programsundergraduate programs (http://future.arts.monash.edu) website

Admission and fees


Course type


Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

Part-time study over two to three years.

Students have a maximum of 4 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)


Diploma of Liberal Arts


  • This course is not available to holders of an Australian international student visa. Students must be enrolled in a bachelor's single or double degree at Monash University. Enrolment in this course requires approval from the student's home faculty.


The Diploma of Liberal Arts will provides you with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in one of the humanities or social sciences while completing a bachelor's single or double degree in other fields.

Studying humanities develops general knowledge and specific intellectual skills relating to human thought and relations, such as the way we communicate or how the past has affected the present. Social science analyses and explains societies and the relationships of individuals within those societies. The diploma is offered in many of the Bachelor of Arts majors as indicated below.

This diploma is usually completed by students studying in faculties other than arts, however, arts students may apply to add this course after successfully completing one year.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 5 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 5 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  1. demonstrate the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge pertaining to the academic discipline
  2. develop an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  3. demonstrate the capacity for analysis, critique and creative thinking in the discipline
  4. develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the field of study
  5. demonstrate the skills of written and oral presentation, critical thinking and communication appropriate to the academic discipline.


The Diploma of Liberal Arts is an additional course of study available concurrently to students completing a single or double bachelor's degree. The course requires you to study the equivalent of one further year of full-time study, taken part-time over three years.