Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies

Course 721-IN (2009)

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Year and Campus: 2009
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Course Overview:

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies is an interdisciplinary program which may lead to employment in such fields as diplomacy, international journalism, policy-making, research and advisory positions in government agencies, ministerial advising, international consultancies, private enterprise, tourism, NGO's and other international organizations. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies should be equipped 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.


Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • two compulsory subjects (25 points)
  • six electives (75 points)


  • two compulsory subjects (25 points)
  • thesis subject (25 points)
  • four electives (50 points)

Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

Subject Options:

Compulsory subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Thesis subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Elective subjects

Governance: Conflict, Rights and Citizenship
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Cultures and Regions
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Entry Requirements: The minimum entry requirement:
  • an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline at least at H2B (70%) in the major or equivalent

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Admission process

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:

Further Study:

Students who complete this course may be eligible for admission to -

Graduate Attributes: Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:
  • understand the roles of international organizations 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.
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