International Studies

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.

Teaching Program

We examine how local communities around the world embrace but also challenge aspects of globalisation, in four interlocking spheres of the human condition, which we organise into ‘streams’. The units in each stream have been brought together from programs all over the Arts Faculty and other Faculties at Monash.

The four streams are:

  • Global Health and Disease
  • Environment, Cities and Sustainability
  • Crisis, Conflict and Disaster
  • Commerce, Technology and Consumption

All our units are inherently global and comparative in the case studies they select, such 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.


Undergraduate studies

Our teaching approach creates pathways for students to progress from an undergraduate interest in International Studies, to Honours and then graduate research.

Graduate Research

Read more about the Arts Graduate Research Program.


Research in International Studies covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics including:

  • Borders, displacement and belonging
  • International medical networks and the history of medicine
  • Europe on a global stage
  • Global disasters
  • Global cultures and media flows
  • Modern Southeast Asia
  • Gender and international development
  • The modern multi-national corporation
  • Legacies of war in the Asian region
  • Integration of the USSR into a pan-European and global narrative


At Monash, International Studies units are taught by dynamic and engaged staff members who specialise in a broad range of areas. Our staff have studied and worked around the world, at universities in Asia, Africa, Europe, America and of course Australia. View all staff.

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