This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.
|Managing faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered by||School of Political and Social Inquiry|
Politics is a very broad discipline, which tends to overlap continually with all the other major humanities and social science disciplines. It is, therefore, an excellent discipline for learning about the interrelationships that exist in the human world, and for acquiring a diverse range of interpretive, analytic and synthetic (especially conceptual) skills. The discipline is not just concerned with the study of government, policy or political institutions; it also studies resource allocation, decision-making, social behaviour and political action, the management or resolution of conflict, power struggles, the struggle for political freedom, ideologies and political movements, and the nature of the state and relations between states. It is especially concerned with the nature of power and authority, with 'practical understanding', with the relations between theory and practice, and with the series of arguments which are created by the continual struggle by human beings to maintain their social existence and to devise more desirable and more satisfactory forms of human community.
Politics at Monash aims to offer students up-to-date coverage and explanation of many aspects of the contemporary world - developed and underdeveloped - coupled with a solid intellectual grounding in the key debates, texts and traditions of inquiry that one finds in the humanities and social sciences. The Monash politics program specialises in three broad areas:
Students may specialise in one or more of these areas, but are encouraged to choose their units so as to explore the different approaches to political studies.
Students studying a sequence in politics must complete two units (12 points) from the following:
Students studying a minor or major in politics must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:
Only a maximum of 12 points of electives may be studied.