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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMA(Res&Cw)
CRICOS code038579K
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Off-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)

Notes

  • Students should note the teaching location of units in their chosen area of study as this may entail travel to another campus. Studies in publishing and communications are taught at the Monash Melbourne city location.

Description

This course provides students who already have previous studies in an arts discipline with the opportunity to expand, update and deepen their knowledge and understanding through a combination of research and coursework activities in a range of disciplines.

For more detail see the individual discipline entries in the Course structure section below.

Research component

66 - 100 per cent

Structure

Students complete a program of study and research as outlined below.

Requirements

Candidates are required to complete:

  • a research thesis of 20,000 to 25,000 words
  • units as outlined under each of the areas of study below

Thesis component

The thesis research area/topic and supervisor/s will be set by agreement with both the candidate and the school. Whether a student is allowed to undertake a thesis on a particular topic is contingent upon the availability of appropriate supervision. Candidates are expected to consult with their supervisor regularly and to maintain the momentum of their thesis research.

Coursework component

Units are normally 12 points unless otherwise indicated.

Where there is a choice of units in an area of study, students should not include any units previously completed in another course, such as masters qualifying year, postgraduate diploma or honours year. Also, students need to inquire about the availability of the units for particular semesters since this will vary and not all units are offered every year.

Units will normally be completed in the first year (if full-time) or the first two years (if part-time). Part-time students would normally complete their coursework units before starting their research.

Those candidates who have not completed the required pre-requisites for a units may be exempted with the approval of the course coordinator.

Contact details and further information about the areas of study outlined is available via http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/index-pg-byfaculty-arts.html.

Anthropology

Offered by the School of Political and Social Inquiry

This course provides students who already have an honours degree in anthropology or other related disciplines with the opportunity to expand, update and deepen their knowledge and understanding. Students may choose such a program for various reasons, including the desire to pursue their own intellectual interests, gain more specialised and detailed understanding of a particular area, acquire technical and applied skills and knowledge, or prepare themselves for a PhD and a career in research and teaching.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

Alternative units may be taken with the approval of the course coordinator.

Course coordinator

Dr Matt Tomlinson

Applied Japanese Linguistics

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Units

Students normally complete two level five units in applied Japanese linguistics.

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Helen Marriott

Archaeology and ancient history

Offered by the School of Historical Studies

The Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History offers the only program in Victoria and one of only two in Australia that provides supervision of research degrees in Egyptology, and one of the few offering supervision in related areas of Near Eastern Archaeology. This course is designed for students wishing to combine coursework with research and for whom a research process of induction, training in methodology and concepts, and supervised project design will be particularly useful.

Units

  • AAM5740 Reading the ancient past
  • AAM5060 Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt

unless they have previously completed these units as part of another program, in which case they will complete:

  • AAM5010 Research topics in archaeology: The New Kingdom
  • AAM5020 Research topics in archaeology: Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt.

Course coordinator

Dr Colin A. Hope

Asian studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

This program will enable students to focus their studies around a research thesis on Asia. The coursework component is designed to encourage interdisciplinary perspectives to broaden and deepen the understanding of Asia and Australia-Asia relations, thereby providing a fuller appreciation of the context in which the research project will be conceptualised.

Units

Course coordinator

Professor Ross Mouer

Australian art

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

This course is intended for students with a strong interest in research who wish to give their study a clear Australian focus. The degree familiarises students with the major theoretical areas in Australian art and with a significant area of Australian art history through their research. The research emphasis can cover areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, urbanism and urban imagery, photography, performance and art in multimedia, film or television.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • FTM5042 Historical film theory and criticism
  • FTM5052 Contemporary film theory and criticism
  • VAM5010 Visual culture and its theories
  • VAM5021 Beyond the museum: Institutions and insurrections
  • VAM5023 Visual culture internship
  • VAM5070 Australian postmodernism

Course coordinator

Dr Leigh Astbury

Australian studies

Offered by the National Centre for Australian Studies, within the School of Humanities Communications and Social Sciences

This program is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue the study of Australian society and culture at an advanced level. Building on a basis provided by relevant interdisciplinary courses, students go on to develop and complete an appropriae research thesis.

Units

  • AUS5010 Society and culture of twentieth-century Australia
  • COM5001 Researching and writing Australia

Course coordinator

To be advised

Communications

Offered by the National Centre for Australian Studies, within the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

The course seeks to strengthen skills in communications research and analysis and to further students' understanding of both the history and current structure of the communications industry in Australia and of the contemporary policy debates. The course is particularly designed to provide students with the necessary analytical research and writing skills to respond to the rapidly changing policy environment in communications.

Units

  • COM5001 Researching and writing Australia
  • COM5010 Communications, convergence and public policy

Note: Both units are taught in the Melbourne central business district.

Course coordinator

Dr Mark Gibson

Critical theory

Offered by the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Critical theory is a term used to describe a whole series of contemporary approaches to textual criticism: hermeneutics and reception theory, semiotics and structuralism, post-structuralism and deconstruction, post-Marxian theories of ideology and post-Freudian theories of psychoanalysis. These have all been central to recent works in literary and cultural studies. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to this complex body of work and an opportunity to apply it to a substantive research thesis, which may focus on literary studies, cultural studies or critical theory itself.

Candidates intending to carry out research in comparative literature are normally expected to read literary texts in the original language.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

Course coordinator

Professor Andrew Milner

English

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

On completion of the course, students should have consolidated and extended their knowledge of literature, literary theory and the contexts in which literature is produced and read. They should also have consolidated their skills in originating and pursuing research projects independently and extended their skills of analysis, composition and argument. They should also have completed a substantial research thesis which represents a significant contribution to knowledge in the field in which they are working.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • CRT5030 Poetics
  • ENM5260 Writers and the creative process
  • ENM5370 Contemporary Australian poetry and fiction
  • ENM5580 Ireland, Swift, England: Special author unit
  • ENM5620 Literary theory
  • ENM5700 Drama of the age of Shakespeare
  • ENM5750 Exotic erotic other: World writing in English
  • ENM5760 Visions and revisions: Reworkings

Course coordinator

Dr Nina Philadelphoff-Puren

European and European Union studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

This program will enable students to focus their studies around a research thesis in European/European Union Studies. The coursework component is designed to explore the significance of the European Union and its peoples not only in Europe and the EU's neighbouring countries, but also on the wider international scene. It aims to provide students with a deep understanding of the institutional framework and policy-making processes of the European Union and its relations with non-EU countries, regions and international organisations. It investigates its political, legal, economic, social, humanitarian, environmental, and security implications for Europe and for the international system.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • EUM5010 European Union: History, debates, politics
  • EUM5160 The European Union and the world
  • EUM5140 Business, civil society and lobbying in the European Union
  • EUM5130 Comparative regionalism
  • EUM5230 Research paper in European and international studies
  • EUM5940A European Union study in region-A
  • EUM5950B European Union study in region-B
  • EUM5960 European Union study in Italy
  • EUM5200A and EUM 5200B, Research in European and international studies

Students may also take other fifth-year units in cognate areas with the approval of the course coordinator, including those in the list of elective units in course 3924 Master in European and International Studies, and in the faculties of Arts, Business and Economics and Law.

French

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

This program will enable students to focus their studies around a research thesis in French studies. The coursework component is designed to encourage the theoretical issues and practical application relating to French studies to broaden and deepen the students' understanding of this discipline, thereby providing a fuller appreciation of the context in which the research project will be conceptualised.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • FNM5920 Directed reading in French studies 1
  • FNM5930 Directed reading in French studies 2
  • LLC5070 Managing intercultural communication
  • TRN5010 Technology and translation
  • TRN5020 Directed reading in translation studies
  • TRN5060 Theoretical issues in interpreting and translation studies
  • TRN5080 Research project in translation/interpreting studies
  • TRN5090 Research dissertation in translation/interpreting

Students may also take other fifth-year units in cognate areas with the approval of the course coordinator, eg comparative literature and cultural studies, linguistics, or European and international studies, including:

  • CRT5030 Poetics
  • CRT5070 Lacan and subjectivity
  • CRT5100 Deleuze and Foucault
  • CRT5200 Semiotics and poststructuralism
  • CRT5225 Hermeneutics
  • CRT5760 Gender, body and performance
  • CRT5830 Popular culture and ethics
  • EUM5010 European Union: History, debates, politics
  • EUM5160 The European Union and the world
  • EUM5130 Comparative regionalism
  • EUM5140 Business, civil society and lobbying in the European Union

Geography

Offered by the School of Geography and Environmental Science

The course is intended for students wishing to obtain an internationally accepted research degree in areas such as geography, environment and sustainability, and geographical information systems (GIS), which testifies to high standards of initiative, independence and innovation and which, if gained at a sufficient standard, is accepted as a qualification for admission to the PhD.

Units

Students complete 24 points of level five units offered by the School of Geography and Environmental Science, or from other schools, subject to approval. Individual units are offered according to the availability of staff and subject to sufficient enrolments.

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Rebekah Brown

History

Offered by the School of Historical Studies

This course is designed to provide students with a broader knowledge of specific fields of history and their associated methodological techniques, to introduce key theoretical concepts and questions regarding the nature of historical investigation and the examination of evidence from a variety of sources, and to provide a context of existing approaches and methods for students developing research theses.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • HYM5070 Research project in history
  • HYM5095 History and heritage
  • HYM5120 Reading and writing Australian history
  • HYM5175 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • HYM5180 Images of the natural world: Issues in environmental history
  • HYM5200 History and memory: Oral history, life stories and commemoration
  • HYM5260 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • HYM5270 Research methods in biography and life writing
  • HYM5440 Genocidal thought
  • HYM5490 Fascism, Nazism, and racial and social utopias
  • HYM5590 Imagining Europe: Representations and images of a continent
  • HYM5660 Recording oral history: Theory and practice
  • HYM5840 Text and community in Renaissance Italy
  • HYM5950 Hidden transcripts: Cultural approaches to the past
  • ITM5010 Global justice: Civil and human rights after 1945
  • JWM5020 Zionism: The argument
  • JWM5040 Jewish literature of subversion
  • RLM5040 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • RLM5110 Sustainability and the sacred
  • RLM5140 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross- cultural analysis

Course coordinator

Dr Michael Hau

International development and environmental analysis

Offered by the School of Geography and Environmental Science

This program provides some coursework as a foundation for students undertaking a substantial piece of research relating to international development theory, policy or practice. The course extends the knowledge, research and writing skills of people already working in, or seeking employment in, organisations involved in international or sustainable development.

Units

  • 12 points of international development units
  • 12 points approved by the international development program coordinators.

Course coordinator

Dr Craig Thorburn

Interpreting and translation studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

This program will enable students to focus their studies around a research thesis in translation/interpreting studies. The coursework component is designed to encourage the study of theoretical issues and practical application relating to translation/interpreting studies to broaden and deepen the students' understanding of this discipline, thereby providing a fuller appreciation of the context in which the research project will be conceptualised.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • TRN5010 Technology and translation
  • TRN5060 Theoretical issues in interpreting and translation studies
  • TRN5080 Research project in translation/interpreting studies
  • TRN5090 Research dissertation in translation/interpreting (24 points)
  • TRN5201 Major translation project (24 points)

Students may also take other fifth-year units in related areas, for example comparative literature or applied linguistics, with the approval of the course coordinator.

Course coordinator

Dr Rita Wilson

Italian studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

This program will enable students to focus their studies around a research thesis in Italian studies. The coursework component is designed to encourage the theoretical issues and practical application relating to Italian studies to broaden and deepen the students understanding of this discipline, thereby providing a fuller appreciation of the context in which the research project will be conceptualised.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • ITA5380 Italian Encountersencounters: Translation, literature and cultural identity
  • LLC5020 Global modernities: Experiences of modernity
  • LLC5070 Managing intercultural communication
  • TRN5010 Technology and translation
  • TRN5020 Directed reading in translation studies
  • TRN5060 Theoretical issues in interpreting and translation studies
  • TRN5080 Research project in translation/interpreting studies
  • TRN5090 Research dissertation in translation/interpreting

Students may also take other fifth-year units in related areas with the approval of the course co-ordinator, eg comparative literature and cultural studies, linguistics, or European and international studies.

Course coordinator

Dr Simon West

Japanese Studies

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Japanese studies are expected to develop research skills through the completion of a thesis as well as acquiring advanced knowledge of Japanese society, culture, work practices or the economy, or Australia-Japan relations.

Units

Students normally complete two level five units in Asian studies.

Course coordinator

Professor Ross Mouer

Linguistics

Offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • ALM5150 Research design in applied linguistics
  • approved units at level five

Contact details and further information about this area of study is available at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/arts-pg-linguistics.html.

Course coordinator

Professor Kate Burridge

Music

Offered by the School of Music - Conservatorium

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • MUM5010 Topics in musicology
  • MUM5020 Directed reading in music
  • MUM5030 Australian music history
  • MUM5040 Medieval and Renaissance music
  • MUM5050 Musicological (including ethnomusicological) scholarship
  • MUM5650 Topics in composition

Candidates are required to attend a minimum of 10 (five for part-time candidates) of the school's postgraduate seminars during each year of their candidature.

Course coordinator

Dr Joel Crotty

Philosophy

Offered by the School of Philosophy and Bioethics

All students attend staff and honours seminars, and engage in philosophical discussion with staff members and peers.

Units

  • PHM5010 Philosophy MA coursework A
  • PHM5110 Philosophy MA coursework B

Note: PHM5010 is a prerequisite for PHM5110.

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Dirk Baltzly

Publishing

Offered by the National Centre for Australian Studies, within the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Units

  • PUB5002 Authorship, editing and text*
  • other publishing or approved units at level five to the value of 12 points

* PUB5002 is a core unit required by candidates in this course who have not completed the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing or equivalent.

Course coordinator

Dr David Dunstan

Religion and Theology

Offered by the School of Historical Studies

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • EUM5020 Religion and secularism in the quest for European integration
  • HYM5175 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • HYM5260 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • HYM5330 Cultures of devotion in Renaissance Italy
  • JWM5020 Zionism: The argument
  • JWM5030 Jewish history, Jewish memory
  • RLM5000 Research paper in religion and theology
  • RLM5040 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • RLM5060 Medieval women and their world: Constructing identities 1100-1450
  • RLM5100 Religion and ceremony in Australian society
  • RLM5110 Sustainability and the sacred
  • RLM5140 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross- cultural analysis
  • RLM5160 Sexuality and religion: Monotheist traditions
  • other units by permission

* At least one of HYM5175 (Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives) or RLM5100 (Religion and ceremony in Australian society) must be taken if not already taken at honours or masters qualifying or in the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research).

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Constant Mews

Sociology

Offered by the School of Political and Social Inquiry

This course provides students who already have an honours degree in sociology or other related disciplines with the opportunity to expand, update and deepen their knowledge and understanding. Students may choose such a program for various reasons, including the desire to pursue their own intellectual interests, gain more specialised and detailed understanding of a particular area, acquire technical and applied skills and knowledge, or prepare themselves for a PhD and a career in research and teaching.

Units

Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • RLM5100 Religion in Australian society
  • SWM5140 Policy, program planning and evaluation I
  • SWM5160 Child abuse, child protection and the state
  • SYM5005 Qualitative research strategies
  • SYM5015 Secondary analysis of official statistics
  • SYM5025 Survey research
  • SYM5045 Analysing quantitative data
  • SYM5055 Data analysis software for social research
  • SYM5065 Issues in public policy

Alternative units may be taken with the approval of the course coordinator.

Course coordinator

Professor Denise Cuthbert

Tourism

Offered by the National Centre for Australian Studies, within the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

This course seeks to develop a strategic understanding of how the industry operates and is designed for those students who desire to undertake some original research in close association with the industry. Students are encouraged to conduct research internationally with universities that have exchange agreements with Monash.

Units

  • ATM5090 Applied industry research
  • an additional unit to the value of 12 points as approved by the course coordinator

Course coordinator

Dr Vicki Peel

Women's Studies

Offered by the School of Political and Social Inquiry

This program is recommended for candidates who may not have a strong academic background in feminist theory and gender issues or who are returning to study after a break and would benefit from undertaking coursework units to enhance their understanding of the field.

Units

  • WSM5010 Gender, sexuality, power*
  • an additional approved level five unit to the value of 12 points

* Unless completed at level four in which case another approved level five unit will be selected.

Course coordinator

Assocociate Professor Maryanne Dever

Alternative exit(s)

Students will exit the masters with the appropriate award if they do not maintain the required academic level.

Award(s)

Master of Arts by Research and Coursework