This international double master's program enables you to complete the requirements of the Monash Master of International Relations as well as a second degree with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).
You will study one year at Monash University in Australia and one year at the partner university. On successful completion of the academic program at Monash and the academic program at the partner university, students will be eligible to graduate with the degrees from both institutions, awarded separately.
This double degree course is subject to maximum quotas for each partner university. If you are interested you must inquire directly to the course coordinator for Master of International Relations in the Faculty of Arts at Monash, and if eligible, will be invited to apply.
Our world is being shaped by big questions about global justice, war, peace, social movements, and inter-state relations. These questions help define what this Master of International Relations is all about. In short, this course offers you a window into the diverse and dynamic world of politics in the 21st century.
The course offers a range of topics such as global security, economics and human rights with three specialisations, focusing on:
- governance and security
- international diplomacy and trade
- political violence and counter-terrorism
You may also choose to complete advanced international relations.
This course provides you with a comprehensive knowledge of international affairs, grounded in the key debates framing global politics and driven by in-depth empirical analysis. Through this, you will be able to make sense of the complexity of global politics by providing the analytical perspectives and skills needed to see both the 'bigger picture' and comprehend detailed aspects of specific issues.
Subject to conditions, you have the opportunity to study abroad, and to develop research interests in a number of areas, providing them with a potential pathway into a higher research degree. Our graduates have gone on to a broad range of occupations and have been employed by the likes of the United Nations, the Australian Government, and non-governmental organisations such as the International Red Cross.
Governance and security
This specialisation provides you with a comprehensive understanding of how power, authority, and participation is managed within and amongst states as well as challenges to this domestically and internationally. Focus is on the practical applications of governance, institutions, the rule of law, and how this works in the contemporary global environment.
International diplomacy and trade
This specialisation will advance your knowledge across international trade, diplomacy, and international law. It is designed for people at the start of their careers as well as people working in the field who want to develop their careers in international public policy, NGOs and government departments such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Political violence and counter-terrorism
This specialisation provides you with a critical engagement with the manifestations of political violence and global human rights. Focus is on understanding terrorism and political extremism, the articulation and application of rights and justice in both domestic and international frameworks, and the impacts of these activities on democratic and civil liberties.
Advanced international relations
This enables you to tailor your unit choices to suit your own interests or needs while addressing the fundamental debates framing global politics. By selecting across the range of specialisations, you will be able to examine key issues in foreign policy, international and comparative governance, world order and security, human rights, European studies, crisis management, diplomacy and trade, or terrorism.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- Understand, apply and critique key IR themes, methods and theories through both independent and collaborative activities, presentations and written assessments
- Utilise advanced research skills to examine, analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of international relations policies, programs and institutions
- Apply theory in complex areas of practice
- Communicate multifaceted ideas and arguments in international relations to specialists and lay persons
- Develop interpersonal and intercultural skills and demonstrate a knowledge on the diversity of world views and their impact on international issues and decisions.
The course is structured in two parts. Part A. Core master's study and Part B. Broadening expertise.
Part A. Core master's study
These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of international relations practice and research exploring the security, ethical, and economic dimensions of international relations. You will have opportunities to examine key issues in foreign policy, world order, European studies, crisis management, and terrorism.
Part B. Broadening expertise
On transferring to SJTU you will complete studies as approved at SJTU School of International and Public Affairs equivalent to 24 credit points of electives in the Monash Master of International Relations, plus additional studies as per the requirements of the SJTU course.
The course comprises 96 points structured into two parts: Part A. Core master's study (48 points) and Part B. Broadening expertise (48 points).
If you are a Monash student you will normally commence the first year at Monash (in July), and the second year at SJTU. Following completion of the academic program at Monash comprising 48 credit points (one year full time) of study towards the Master of International Relations, if selected, you will travel to China to complete a further 48 points (one year full-time) study toward the Master of Arts in Chinese Politics and Economy from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). The thesis defence will take place at the end of the second year at SJTU (normally around early June).
SJTU students will normally commence the first year at SJTU, and the second year at Monash (July). They will then return to SJTU to complete the requirements of the defence thesis.
You are required to complete the requirements for your chosen specialisation.
Unless otherwise stated units are 12 points.
Part A. Core master's study (48 points)
You must complete:
a. The following unit (12 points):
- APG5668 Advanced seminar in international relations
b. 24 points of study from the units listed below in this section under your chosen international relations specialisation or general studies in international relations
Governance and security:
- APG5064 Gender, security and conflict
- APG5332 Contemporary security topics
- APG5337 Governance and democratisation
International diplomacy and trade:
- APG5324 International political economy
- BTF5340 Regional trade governance
- MGF5911 Diplomacy and statecraft (6 points)
- MGF5730 International trade policy (6 points)
- MGF5760 International institutions and organisations (6 points)
Political violence and counter-terrorism:
- APG5092 Human rights in global politics
- APG5327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
- APG5667Not offered in 2019 Terrorism, fringe politics and extremist violence
Advanced international relations:
- 24 points of units from any specialisation in Part B (b) above.
c. Capstone unit/s (12 points) from:
- APG5044 Professional internship
- APG5091 Big ideas in international relations policy
- APG5093 International relations field unit: Governing peace and security
- APG5856 Research project*
Part B: Broadening expertise (48 points)
On transferring to SJTU, you will complete studies as approved at SJTU School of International and Public Affairs equivalent to 24 credit points of electives in the Monash Master of International Relations, as per the requirements of the SJTU course.
While at SJTU, Monash students will be enrolled in the following Monash units (48 points):
- ASA5006 Arts Study Abroad
- ASA5007 Arts Study Abroad
- ASA5008 Arts Study Abroad
- ASA5009 Arts Study Abroad
Partner (SJTU) students, on transferring back to SJTU in the second year will be enrolled in these same units.
You must complete three core units from SJTU School of International and Public Affairs, and two Chinese/Chinese culture units. In the second semester they complete a thesis, including thesis defence.
You must complete:
a. Three core units:
- X130613 Government and politics of China
- X130612 China's diplomacy and foreign policy
- X130614 Political economy of China's development
b. Three Chinese/Chinese culture units as required to complete the SJTU masters degree:
- G090510 Introduction to Chinese culture
- G090511 Chinese language
- FL28002 English for Academic Purposes
c. Completion of the thesis
You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following Monash awards, provided you have satisfied the requirements for that award during your enrolment in the master's course:
- Graduate Certificate of Arts after successful completion of 24 credit points of study toward the Master of International Relations at Monash with a minimum of 18 credit points at Level 4 or above
- Graduate Diploma of Arts after successful completion of 48 credit points of study toward the Master of International Relations at Monash with a minimum of 36 credit points at Level 4 or above.