Master of Arts (International Studies)(Adv. Seminars and Shorter Thesis)

Course 102-IO (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview:

The MA (ASST) in International Studies aims to equip graduates with the skills to analyse and assess theoretical and thematic approaches to International Studies in relation to issues of governance and conflict; globalization, migration and media; regional imperatives and priorities; and cultures and societies. It also equips graduates with relevant skills in the conduct of an independent research project through the completion of a 20,000 to 22,000-word Shorter Thesis.

Course coordinator:
Prof Kate Darian-Smith
School of Historical Studies

Objectives: Students will be equipped to:
  • Understand the roles of international organisations and institutions, and their inter-action with national and regional institutions, cultures and societies;
  • Critically appreciate how the processes of key concepts, including internationalism, globalisation and transnationalism, have shaped the contemporary world;
  • Understand the theory and method of comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches to a range of issues in international studies;
  • Understand, through detailed examination of selective case studies, how key concepts and approaches in international studies may be applied to processes, 'problems' and cultures.
Course Structure & Available Subjects: Shorter Thesis of 20,000 - 22,000 words and one core theoretical subject and one elective.

Total points per year 100 - subjects are worth 12.5 points each unless otherwise noted.

Subject Options:

Thesis Subject

75 points in the first year of enrolment and 50 points in the second year.

Supervision of the Shorter Thesis can be drawn from across the Faculty and is not necessarily limited to the Australian Centre.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year

Core Subjects

Study Period Commencement:
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Elective Subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Not offered in 2008
Semester 1
Semester 2
Entry Requirements: A four-year BA (Honours) degree with a research component or equivalent in the appropriate area of study or closely related area. The grade for the honours thesis component must be at least equivalent to an H2A (75%) at The University of Melbourne and the overall honours result must be at least equivalent to an H2B (70%).

Applicants must include a thesis proposal of 600 words with their application. The primary basis for selection is academic merit, however, consideration will also be given to the quality of the thesis proposal, research potential, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Academic references may be required to asses the applicant's eligibility.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
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