- 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

School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies


Dr Timothy Verhoeven

Contact details

International studiesInternational studies (http://future.arts.monash.edu/ug-international-studies/)


Caulfield Clayton

International studies examines the origins, processes and contestations of globalisation in the contemporary world. Ordinary people's experiences and responses to global integration are at the centre of our inquiry. We examine how local communities around the world embrace but also challenge aspects of globalisation, in four interlocking spheres of the human condition:

  • Global health and disease
  • Environment, cities and sustainability
  • Crisis conflict and disaster
  • Commerce, technology and consumption

Global health and disease

The ways in which people experience good health or disease are increasingly influenced by global factors, such as the growing movement of people and animals, the spread of pollution and pathogens, the development of new medical technologies and treatments, and international institutions that coordinate health and security responses to disease outbreaks. Where and how people live and die - local matters - determines their access to primary healthcare, so an understanding of culture, global wealth distribution, and development is an essential component to studying global health and disease in this stream.

Environment, cities and sustainability

By the end of this century, the majority of the world's population will live in cities. Meanwhile, climate change is in progress, and the way we live within our natural and built ecosystems, among people and with animals, is inherently interconnected and subject to new pressures. This stream focuses on the impacts of a changing environment in an increasingly urbanised world. It provides students with the means to critically examine ways in which a more sustainable mode of living on the planet are being devised by researchers in a range of disciplines, and why the humanities and social sciences bring an important set of analytical skills to understanding the challenges of sustaining a just, prosperous life for all on the planet.

Crisis, conflict and disaster

Crises in our contemporary world take many forms - in the movement and displacement of people, discrimination, poverty and injustice, violence and suffering. War and political conflict, pollution and exploitation, natural and industrial disasters, and biological catastrophes like pandemic disease outbreaks, are among the many topics examined here. This stream brings these realms of human experience, as well as the increasingly internationalised responses to them, together in one stream to examine the causes and consequences of global crises.

Commerce, technology and consumption

Global trade, the production and consumption of commodities and culture, and the uptake of new technologies are among the primary ways that ordinary people experience and are drawn into globalisation. Flows of trade, money, ideas, entertainments and people are fundamental to an integrated world, and yet are basic to how questions of justice, development and difference are negotiated and disputed. The tensions between the agency of individuals and the power of commercial and corporate entities - and between the local and the global - are core queries we pursue in this stream.

While there are individual units throughout the arts faculty that enable students to study aspects of globalisation, international studies is the only program to collate these units and provide a thematically coherent, interdisciplinary platform for students to study globalisation in depth.

All our units are inherently global and comparative in the case studies they select, so that students are trained to think critically across cultural and geographical boundaries. Students are taught interpretive methods and theories by leading economists, historians, anthropologists, philosophers, bioethicists, sociologists and political scientists, giving them a unique blend of analytical skills that study in one discipline alone cannot offer.


International studies is listed in the Bachelor of Arts at Caulfield and Clayton as a major and a minor, and in A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts at Caulfield and Clayton as a major.


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

  • 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
  • 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
  • demonstrate a capacity to think reflectively about the relationship and interactions between issues, events and concepts in different places and cultures across the world, and to recognise the inter-relatedness of these issues and concepts
  • demonstrate a capacity, through the successful completion of a range of assignments and other assessment tasks, to 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.
  • demonstrate a capacity to communicate clearly using written, oral and other media to present a sophisticated argument about an issue or concept that is of contemporary global importance.


Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • ATS1325 International studies: Origins of globalisation
    • ATS1326 International studies: Challenges of globalisation
  2. One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:
    • ATS2625 Mobile worlds: Borders, displacement and belonging
    • ATS2628 Power and poverty: International development in a globalised world
    • ATS2633 Global cities: Past, present and future
  3. One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:
    • ATS3626 Global disasters: Catastrophe and social change
    • ATS3627 Global cultures, media flows: Creating and consuming (popular) culture
    • ATS3717 Health, culture and society
  4. Four units (24 points) from the remaining cornerstone or capstone units or electives below, with at least two units at level 3.

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • ATS1325 International studies: Origins of globalisation
    • ATS1326 International studies: Challenges of globalisation
  2. Two level 2 or 3 units (12 points) as listed within the major including cornerstones, capstones or electives. It is highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in a level 3 unit.

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

Commerce, technology and consumption

  • ATS2109 The commodities that changed the world: An introduction to globalisation and global history
  • ATS2378 The anthropology of international development
  • ATS3563 Global consumption
  • ATS3631 The idea of travel: Global perspectives
  • ATS3935 Professional practice
  • ECC2800 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world

Crisis, conflict and disaster

  • ATS2380 Australia: Migrant nation
  • ATS2383 War and memory in the Asia Pacific: Legacies of World War II
  • ATS2640 The ethics of global conflict
  • ATS3157Not offered in 2019 Religion, politics and violence
  • ATS3623Not offered in 2019 Nationality, ethnicity and conflict
  • ATS3632 Post-conflict: Justice, memory, reconciliation
  • ATS3636 Sacred and profane: Religion, the secular and the state
  • ATS3935 Professional practice
  • ATS3956 Trauma and memory in the modern world

Environment, cities and resilience

  • ATS2106Not offered in 2019 An environmental history of the world: People and our planet
  • ATS2547 Cities and sustainability
  • ATS2871 Environmental ethics
  • ATS3631 The idea of travel: Global perspectives
  • ATS3639 Poverty, climate change and international justice
  • ATS3730Not offered in 2019 Sustainability and society
  • ATS3935 Professional practice
  • ECC2800 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world

Global health and disease

  • AMU2907 Sexual and reproductive health and rights in global contexts
  • ATS2637 Global bioethics
  • ATS3593Not offered in 2019 History of sexuality 1800 to the present
  • ATS3715Not offered in 2019 Sexuality and society
  • ATS3935 Professional practice
  • HSC3002 Health for all in a global world
  • PBH2003 Culture, society and health

International study tour

  • ATS2995Not offered in 2019 Blood and guts: The history of medicine in Europe

Intending honours students

Students intending to enter honours in this area of study must have completed a major in the discipline, with a minimum of 24 points of study at level 3 to be eligible.

Relevant courses


  • A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts


Single degrees

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

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.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*

  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2038 Bachelor of International Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2039 Bachelor of Marketing and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2046 Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

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