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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

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 titleMIDEA
CRICOS code045340G
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

postgradges@arts.monash.edu.au

Course coordinator

Dr Craig Thorburn

Notes

  • Students undertaking IDA5310 should note that this internship-based client project may require some attendance at off-campus location/s.

Description

This interdisciplinary course is aimed at students from a wide range of backgrounds who wish to pursue careers or enhance their professional skills in the fields of international development and environmental sustainability. It takes an innovative interdisciplinary approach based on contemporary concerns with the processes, theories, and practices of globalisation. The course introduces students to international and comparative perspectives and approaches to development and global sustainability by focusing on contemporary processes such as global production systems, foreign direct investment, natural resource management and development, devolution of governance during a time of centralisation of geopolitical power, global climate change, and changing concepts of property in natural resource exploitation and management. It seeks to encourage critical and comparative analysis of international development policies and practice, and to promote active engagement in sustainable development in transnational and regional contexts.

Objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Structure

This course consists of four 6-point core units (24 points) and additional units to the value of 48 points, which will include electives, and for those who qualify can include research and internship project units.

Students must complete a minimum of 24 points at level five.

Requirements

Core units

  • IDA4140 Urbanisation and regional development in the Inde-Pacific rim, or IDA4320/IDA5320 Doctrines of development
  • IDA4230/IDA5230 Research in political ecology
  • IDA5130 Environmental revolutions
  • IDA5220 The art and business of international development

Electives

Electives may be chosen from across the University and, if no equivalent is available at Monash, from other Universities. If required, electives may be chosen from level three offerings, but only to a maximum of 12 points. Suggested electives are outlined below.

Sustainable development and natural resource management
  • ASM4430 The Third World
  • CHM3960 Environmental chemistry
  • CIV5261 Flood management in urban and rural environments
  • CIV5264 Management of water resources and related infrastructure
  • ENV3022 Environmental technology
  • ENV4020/ENV5020 Perspectives on environment and sustainability
  • ENV4030/ENV5030 Environmental analysis
  • ENV4040/ENV5040 Frontiers in sustainability and environment
  • ENV4050/ENV5050 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • ENV4060/ENV5060 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world
  • ENV437E/ENV537E Corporate sustainability management
  • ENV441E/ENV541E Sustainability measurement
  • ENV520E Environmental economics and policy
  • GES3250 Environmental assessment and decision making
  • GES3360 Soils, landscape and their management
  • GES3370 Urban climate, water and sustainability
  • GES4890 Earth system interactions: From biogeochemical cycles to global change
  • GYM4260 Cultural landscape, environment and sustainability in Italy
  • GYM4330 Field studies in regional sustainability (South Africa field trip)
  • GYM4350 Resource evaluation and management
  • IDA4120 Community development in a globalising world
  • LAW4155 Environmental law
  • LAW5136 International environmental law
  • PLM4075 Foreign aid and world development B
  • PLM4340 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • PLM4700 Green political theory
  • PLT3470 Politics of development
  • PLT3990 Politics of environmentalism
Urban and regional sustainability
  • ASM4430 The Third World
  • CIV5261 Flood management in urban and rural environments
  • CIV5264 Management of water resources and related infrastructure
  • CIV5314 Transport planning and policy
  • CIV5316 Fundamentals of urban public transport
  • ENE4607 Environmental risk assessment
  • ENV3022 Environmental technology
  • ENV520E Environmental economics and policy
  • GES3340 Cities and sustainability
  • GES4520 Social space and urban justice
  • GES4750 Sharing prosperity: Geographies of work, regional development and economy
  • GYM4260 Cultural landscape, environment and sustainability in Italy
  • GYM4330 Field studies in regional sustainability (South Africa field trip)
  • GYM4350 Resource evaluation and management
  • HSY3055 Murderous cities: Killers, slums and social reform
  • LAW4155 Environmental law
  • LAW5136 International environmental law
  • SCY3310 Population and migration
Gender, culture, society in the Asia-Pacific
  • AIS4040 Interrogating race and power in Australian indigenous studies
  • ANY3350 Questions of Identity: Ethnicity, nationalism and globalisation
  • ASM4230 Culture and conflict in Indonesia
  • ASM4430 The Third World
  • ASN3170 Women in Asia: Gender, tradition and modernity
  • CLS3820 Earthworks: Literature and environment
  • HSY4370 Fantasies of the Flesh: The body in history
  • PLM4075 Foreign aid and world development B
  • PLM4340 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • PLM4430 Political Islam
  • PLM4930 Southeast Asian politics
  • PLM5290/PLT4299 China: The quest for modernisation
  • PLT3650 Terrorism and violence in global politics
  • PLT3970 Australia and the world
  • SCY3460 Men and masculinity
  • WSM4010 Gender, sexuality, power
  • WSM4020 Feminist research
  • WSM4041 Gender issues
  • WSM4700 Gender, globalisation and development: Research issues
Democracy, governance and civil society
  • ANY3350 Questions of Identity: Ethnicity, nationalism and globalisation
  • ASM4430 The Third World
  • ENV4050/ENV5050 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • ENV520E Environmental economics and policy
  • IDA4120 Community development in a globalising world
  • LAW4155 Environmental law
  • LAW5136 International environmental law
  • PLM4075 Foreign aid and world development B
  • PLM4310 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • PLM4340 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • PLM4520/PLM5520 Perspectives on world politics
  • PLM4700 Green political theory
  • PLM4930 Southeast Asian politics
  • PLT3120 Politics and violence: Conquest, exclusion and reconciliation
  • PLT3960 Seeking a new world order? Washington and world politics
  • PLT3970 Australia and the world
Development and environmental economics
  • ECC3570 The international economy since 1945
  • ECC3670 Economics of developing countries
  • ECC3690 International economics
  • ECC4670 Economic development
  • ECC5690 Theories in international and development economics
  • ECF9210 Introduction to international economics
  • ECF9530 Economics
  • ENV4060/ENV5060 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in the globalised world
  • ENV520E Environmental economics and policy
Research methodology

(Required for students undertaking supervised research project)

  • AIS4010 Theories and research methodologies in Australian Indigenous studies
  • GES4420 Researching human environments
  • GYM4920 Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental science
  • SCY4540 Theory and practice of sociology
  • SYM4005/SYM5005 Qualitative research strategies
  • SYM4025/SYM5025 Survey research
  • SYM4055/SYM5055 Data analysis software for social research
Final project
  • IDA5310 Final project in MIDEA (internship-based client project) (12 points) and/or GYM5480 Research project (12 points)
  • GYM5490 Research project (24 points)

All students planning to undertake a final project (either IDA5310 and/or GYM5480 or GYM5490) must gain a distinction average or above in core and elective units, or permission of the course coordinator. For students who have not attained a distinction average, an additional 12 points of coursework electives may be substituted for the final project units.

Some students may elect to undertake both 12-point final project units, or the 24-point research project. GYM5490 may be taken in a single semester, or over two consecutive semesters (GYM5490(A) and GYM5490(B).

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with Graduate Certificate in Arts
  • 48 points with course 3754 Graduate Diploma in International Development and Environmental Analysis.

Award(s)

Master of International Development and Environmental Analysis