Jewish studies equips students with an understanding of Jewish civilisation in its many aspects – language and literature, history, theology, philosophy, rabbinics, law, politics and sociology. Students can also take a stream in Yiddish language which explores language, culture and literature.
Jewish studies is taught by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC), an interdisciplinary centre within the Faculty of Arts whose mission is to research and teach, the significance and evolution of Jewish culture and its contributions to the world.
Download PDF: Jewish studies
Overseas intensive units
The ACJC is well known for its overseas units and exchange programs. The centre offers a number of intensive units overseas including:
- Final Journey: Remembering the Holocaust – this unit explores the modern history of European Jews before and after the Holocaust. Students travel to the major centres of interwar Jewish life in France, Italy, Germany, Poland and Lithuania, and encounter the diverse heritage of Jewish life in each country. Students visit museums, synagogues, cemetries, destroyed ghettos and sites of mass murder including Auschwitz-Birkenau.
- Seeking Justice: South Africa and Rwanda – this unit brings together students from Monash campuses in Australia and South Africa to study the contemporary histories of post-genocide and post-conflict societies. Students spend one week in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a second week in Kigali exploring public debates on memory, testimony, trauma and justice.
- War and Peace: Models of Conflict Resolution – this unit focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and investigates current attempts to mediate peace between Jews and Palestinians, the impact of the conflict on the lives of people, poverty, settlements and security issues, terrorism and counter-terrorism, Jerusalem and its holy sites. In some years, students will also travel to alternate sites of conflict such as Northern Ireland or the former Yugoslavia.
Criminology and criminal justice
Available in South Africa only. The study of criminology and criminal justice will equip students…
Get the most out of campus life at Clayton with our Campus Welcome and Faculty Orientation. Other sessions are also available. Please note that attendance at the Campus/Faculty Orientation is compulsory.
Available at South Africa only. This interdisciplinary area of study aims to enhance students’ knowledge…
Since opening its doors, Monash University has been a centre for studying the world’s diversity….
Monash integrates the areas of Archaeology, Ancient History and Classics to offer you a comprehensive…
Australia in the world
Available as a minor only. What does it mean to be Australian in the 21st…
Behavioural studies explores human behaviour from social, cultural and psychological perspectives. We employ theory and…
Available as a minor only. Bioethics aims to develop ethical thinking about the latest developments…
Child and youth development
Available in South Africa only. Poor early life experiences of children and adolescents, which can…
Chinese studies at Monash offers a world-class program integrating study of language and culture from…
With the communications program, explore the ways we – as individuals, groups and societies –…
Criminal justice draws on diverse areas including psychological studies, sociology and Indigenous studies to stimulate…