- 2019


Minor / Major

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 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 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

South Africa School of Social Science


Dr Victoria Graham


South Africa

International studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that brings to life the issues and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world. As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, it is important to understand our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours and trading partners. In order to compete in the international marketplace of products, ideas and knowledge, we need to understand and respect the cultures and beliefs of others. In international studies, we begin by placing today's world in context: we examine the history of the 20th century, and then move on to study the issues facing the world in the 21st century.

This major offers a uniquely African perspective to global issues. The curriculum recognises Africa's unique contribution to globalisation and the challenges faced as international integration becomes a global norm. You will be equipped with the knowledge you need to understand the world you live in, and define your place within it.


International studies is offered in the Bachelor of Social Science at Monash South Africa as a major or minor.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a deep understanding of a range of major issues and concepts associated with contemporary globalisation and how these are understood differently in a variety of national and cultural contexts
  2. identify a range of theoretical tools used by scholars in order to understand and describe these issues and concepts, and have a demonstrated capacity to apply these across national and cultural boundaries
  3. identify and select appropriate information, and appropriate procedures, to interpret and report on contemporary economic, social, cultural and political change using a variety of methods, sources and data in both English and, where appropriate, other languages.


Note: Where students undertake an inter-campus exchange, the minor or major can be comprised of a mix of units available at their home campus and the exchange campus.

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minor.

Students complete*:

  1. Two level 1 gateway units (12 points):
  2. Two additional units (12 points) from those listed under (b) in the major. It is highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in a level 3 unit.

Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to a major and at least 18 points must be credited to the major at level 3.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway units (12 points):
  2. Two level 2 units (12 points) chosen from:
    • AZA2378 Development and the developing world
    • AZA2549 Poverty and power: The uneven world
    • AZA2625 Places and spaces: International migration in the global age
    • AZA2633Not offered in 2019 World cities: A historical and comparative analysis
  3. Four level 3 units (24 points) chosen from:
    • AZA3301 Social inclusion internship: Working on migrant and refugee settlement in multicultural communities*
    • ATS3314Not offered in 2019 Seeking justice: South Africa and Rwanda
    • AZA3640 Philosophy of war and global conflict
    • AZA3641 Diplomacy in contemporary international relations
    • AZA3643 Africa in the modern world
    • AZA3644 South Africa: Democracy and development
    • AZA3688 Foreign policy: Introduction
    • AZA3703Not offered in 2019 The global politics of arms control and disarmament
    • AZA3744 School of Social Science workplace internship*
    • AZA3869 Political philosophy and justice

    * Optional internship units by department approval only.

Relevant courses

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.