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A6013

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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code

A6013

Credit points

96

Abbreviated title

MIntRel

CRICOS code

088530B

Managing faculty

Arts

Admission and fees

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Course type

Specialist
Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

2 years FT, 4 years PT

Students have a maximum of six years to complete this course.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)

Award/s

Master of International Relations

The Master of International Relations is awarded by Monash University. The Master of Arts in Chinese Politics and Economy is awarded by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Description

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.

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 students 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.

Students may also choose to complete general studies in international relations.

This course provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of international affairs, grounded in the key debates framing global politics and driven by in-depth empirical analysis. Through this, students 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, students 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.

Specialisations

Governance and security

This specialisation provides students 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 students 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.

General international relations studies

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.

Outcomes

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 graduates will be able to:

  1. apply advanced understanding and analysis to theory and issues in international relations
  2. demonstrate advanced critical understanding of the principal themes and theories in international relations
  3. apply advanced critical understanding and analysis to the international relations literature
  4. effectively communicate complex ideas and arguments with other specialists in the field of international relations and to lay persons
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of world views in the analysis of literature within the field
  6. demonstrate the application of theory in complex areas of practice.

Structure

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 students will complete studies as approved at SJTU School of International and Public Affairs equivalent to 24 credit points of electives in the Monash MIR, plus additional studies as per the requirements of the SJTU course.

Requirements

The course comprises 96 points structured into two parts: Part A. Core master's study (48 points) and Part B. Broadening expertise (48 points).

Monash students 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, selected students 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.

Students are required to complete the requirements for their chosen specialisation.

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/maps/map-a6013.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Unless otherwise stated, units with codes beginning with 2 or 3 are 6 points, and units with codes beginning with a 4 or 5 are 12 points.

Part A. Core master's study (48 points)

Students complete:

a. The following unit (12 points):

  • APG5668 Advanced seminar in international relations

b. 24 points of study from your international relations specialisation

Governance and security

  • APG5065 Governing migration: Borders, refugees and development
  • APG5337 Governance and democratisation

International diplomacy and trade

  • MGF5722 Emerging economies in a globalising world (6 points)
  • MGX5710 Globalisation and the governance of market societies (6 points)
  • MGF5730 International trade policy (6 points)
  • MGF5911 Diplomacy and statecraft (6 points)

Political violence and counter-terrorism

  • APG5092 Human rights in global politics
  • APG5327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • APG5667 Terrorism, fringe politics and extremist violence

Students taking general studies in international relations, should select units to 24 points from any specialisation in Part B above.

c. Capstone unit/s (12 points) from your international relations specialisation

Governance and security

  • APG5332 Security and securitisation

International diplomacy and trade

  • MGF5760 International institutions and organisations (6 points)
  • BTF5340 Regional trade governance (6 points)

Political violence and counter-terrorism

  • APG5064 Gender, security and conflict

Students taking general studies in international relations, should select unit/s to 12 points from any specialisation.

Part B: Broadening expertise (48 points)

On transferring to SJTU, students 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.

Students 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.

* At SJTU, units are called 'courses', and coure units are called 'major courses'.

Three core units:

  • X130613 Government and politics of China
  • X130612 China's diplomacy and foreign policy
  • X130614 Political economy of China's development

Two Chinese/Chinese culture units as required to complete the SJTU masters degree:

  • G090510 Introduction to Chinese culture (S1 or S2), and/or
  • G090511 Chinese language (S1 or S2), and/or
  • S130701 Academic lectures (S1 and S2) and/or
  • plus one further elective unit from the nominated list

Plus completion of the thesis.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in the master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Arts after successful completion of 24 credit points of study at Monash with a minimum of 18 credit points at Level 4 or above
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts after successful completion of 48 credit points of study at Monash with a minimum of 36 credit points at Level 4 or above.