This interdisciplinary area of study aims to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the African continent in areas such as literature, culture, geography and politics.
CHILD AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Poor early life experience of children and adolescents - leading to harmful outcomes like underachievement, behaviour problems and crime - is a major focus in the study of child and youth development.
This major empowers you in assessing the needs of at-risk children and youth, teaches you how to design and implement programmes - for use in settings like early child care, education, the community, parent education, school, support and juvenile justice - and integrate tools and positive behaviour into the everyday life of children and youth, as well as what to do when an intervention is needed on someone's behalf.
Communications is concerned with the organisation, processes and effects of traditional and new communications technologies. You will learn to critically analyse the media, about the structure of communications industries and the relations between the media, culture and power.
CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
When you consider it away from the glamour of books, movies, television programmes and sensational media coverage, crime is revealed to be both a fascinating and incredibly complex subject.
If you have an interest in deviance, conflict, crime, victimisation, society and the need for creating and maintaining safety then studying a major in criminology and criminal justice is for you.
You'll learn that all forms of crime can have a significant negative impact on society, the economy and the environment. You'll graduate knowing how to deal effectively with crime, conflict and victimisation and also how to promote a democratic and just society with a human rights perspective.
French is spoken in 42 countries over 5 continents. It is one of the five official languages of the United Nations and is used by important international bodies such as the World Health Organisation, the International Court of Justice, the OECD and the International Olympic Committee. Learning French at Monash gives students access to a culture with a key role in the past, present and future development of western civilisation.
GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Geography and environmental science is concerned with natural environments, societies, communities, economies, human environment relations and environmental management.
Physical geography emphasises the systematic study of environmental processes, climate, soils, land use, and landscapes. Human geography focuses on development, cities and communities, economic processes and cultural studies.
With this major you'll graduate with an analytical and critical perception of the current state of the global environment as well as challenges we face like global warming and climate change, and sustainable development concepts using state-of-the-art research methods and techniques.
International studies criss-crosses history, politics, international relations, sociology and economics.
As the world globalises and nations and economies become more integrated, understanding our world and the ideas and beliefs of our neighbours and trading partners is vital. It allows us to compete in the international marketplace of products, ideas and knowledge.
We begin by examining the history of the 20th century before moving on to issues facing the world as it moves into the 21st century and the issues and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world.
This major equips students with knowledge of the principles, methods, craft and practice of journalism in the printed, electronic, online and video media. Particular attention is paid to the skills of lawful and responsible reporting in the economic, investigative, sporting and cultural fields.
Your 'real life' journalistic responses will require you to think strategically and logically about your intended audience, and professional standards are expected.
LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES
This area of study introduces students to a range of literary and cultural texts drawn from different historical periods and parts of the world, and aims to enhance students analytical and critical thinking skills.
Philosophy raises questions about the basic assumptions of every form of human inquiry - and attempts to find answers. Philosophy at Monash focuses on two key areas - ethics and political philosophy - and aims to develop open-mindedness and various skills of critical appraisal that can help you gain a better understanding of both yourself and your culture.
Psychology is concerned with a wide range of phenomena including remembering and forgetting, thinking, problem-solving, learning, and the acquisition of skills, language, seeing and hearing, decision-making, verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and emotions. It is also concerned with the practical and ethical applications of psychology research to the profession.
While the major focus is on people, animals are also studied because they are of interest in their own right. Monash undergraduate psychology embraces all of these topics at each of the campuses.
PUBLIC RELATIONS PRACTICE
Public relations practice provides students with the competencies and skills required for careers in managing the strategic corporate communication and public relations function of an organisation. An emphasis is placed on skills development in the utilisation of both traditional and new media, publicity and media relations, stakeholder mapping and profiling, strategic planning, marketing and advertising.
Sociology is the study of the processes of social organisation and change and their consequences in human life. Sociologists look to things like social class, gender, ethnicity, power and culture to understand and explain the differences in how people, live, think and feel.
Sociology also involves the study of social policy in an attempt to apply what is learned through research to the major issues confronting societies.
We examine how differences in the ways societies are organised both limit and make possible other features of social life. We focus on the structures, cultures and change in industrial and post-industrial societies in a local, national and global context, and seek to describe and explain patterns of social change.