International studies

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.

International Studies at Monash is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the lived experience of people in a variety of social and cultural settings. It will foster your critical thinking about the effects of globalisation across culture.

This specialisation will take you to the heart of some of the most crucial issues of the current era, preparing you to seek a role in addressing our contemporary and future challenges.

The International Studies specialisation will complement your core studies of leadership, culture and globalisation, bringing to life the issues and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world.

In order to live and 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, you will examine such diverse topics as the role of cities as drivers of change, migrant and refugee experiences, power and poverty, and tradition and popular culture. In doing so, you will develop a solid understanding of European and Asian cultural studies and of networks of relations between Europe, Asia and Australia.

You can choose from a range of overseas electives, as part of one of our study tours; or based at a Monash location in Italy, Malaysia and South Africa; or at a prestigious partner university.

On completion, you'll have an up-to-date command of a wide variety of current global issues and possess the skills for formulating, driving and communicating solutions. You will be well placed to pursue a career in areas such as government, private enterprise and the not-for-profit sector.

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