Australia in the World- Minor Sequence


How to study Australia in the World at Monash University

 Australia in the World can be taken as a Minor sequence towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students taking the Minor in Australia in the World complete 24 points of units including the core unit Australia in a Globalising World.

Students can also take individual units as electives. A number of units in the Australia in the World Area of Study contribute to Majors in Politics, History, International Studies, International Relations, Geography, Communications, Journalism and more.


Units in Australia in the World provide knowledge and skills that help you in your other subjects. They are particularly useful for those studying Journalism, Economics or Law, as well as those completing Majors across the humanities and social sciences as part of the Bachelor of Arts degree. The Minor provides knowledge and skills that will assist in a variety of careers, including public policy, politics, diplomacy, media, teaching, tourism, heritage and international development.



Australia in the World offers teaching that takes students out of lecture theatres to discover the nation and the world for themselves. Our units involve international field trips to places like Istanbul and the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, Prato in Italy,  Paris (and the Western Front) in France, and Yogyakarta, Bandung and Bali in Indonesia. Students are also encouraged to discover Australia, with field trips to the Outback, to Sydney, and to other parts of Melbourne and Victoria.

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Students taking units in Australia in the World are eligible for the Gallipoli Prize: a $3500 cash prize funded by the Victorian Premier’s Department. For more information visit the website


Why study Australia in the World at Monash?



Crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries to draw on the latest knowledge,  ‘Australia in the World’ offers varied content that is taught in an innovative way, drawing on field trips and ‘hands on’ experiential learning to enrich your understanding of Australia in its regional and global context.


‘Australia in the World’ will change the way you think about this country.

What does it mean to be Australian in the twenty-first century? How does Australia fit into its region and the world? How does its past affect the present? How does popular culture affect politics? And where will we go from here?

If you think you know all about Australia, be ready to be surprised.

This innovative Minor brings together knowledge from politics, history, international studies, communications, media studies and cultural studies to situate Australia within its region and the world. It probes key questions in Australian society, asking how Australia relates to Asia and the wider world during a time of globalisation, how Australia’s wartime heritage shapes the nation today; how the popular cultures of sport and travel connect Australians to domestic and international economies and politics; and how the natural environment has shaped what it means to be Australian today.

Units in ‘Australia in the World’ are taught in innovative ways, bringing together field trips (including overseas field trips to Gallipoli, Prato, Paris and parts of Asia), as well as experiential learning exercises and research-led teaching to make your university experience more varied and interesting. Taught outside traditional disciplinary boundaries, ‘Australia in the World’ allows students to follow their interests and develop in-depth knowledge in areas that are important and relevant today.


A range of careers require an in-depth understanding of Australian society, institutions and history. Whether you want to be a diplomat or a lawyer, a journalist or a teacher – or any number of careers in the public and private sectors – you will benefit from the viewpoints and insights covered in ‘Australia in the World’. In addition, units help you build skills in critical analysis and independent research, which you will draw upon to understand and contextualise contemporary developments during your professional life.

Selected units from the ‘Australia in the World’ sequence can count towards Majors in History, Politics, International Studies, International Relations, Journalism, Communications, Geography, and others.

What our Students Think

“’Australia in the World’ has provided a foundation for my studies across politics, history and the law. My favourite aspect is its interdisciplinary nature. ‘Australia in the world’ brings key historical, political and economic concepts together and provides insights of both historical and contemporary relevance. It also draws students from a variety of disciplines, who all bring different perspectives.”

– Michael Smyth, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law, Major in Politics.

“In my first year at uni I found units in some other disciplines a bit dry, which made it hard to stay interested. This program examines a range of viewpoints, so classes are more varied and discussion more interesting. I would recommend it to any student looking to expand their learning beyond the traditional perspective.”

–       Christian Dougherty, Bachelor of Journalism.

“Through my classes at NCAS, I travelled to parts of Australia far and wide! I met new people from all over the world, learned about different issues facing Australia and the region, and developed a much more global awareness. Since then, I have been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, lived and worked around the world, and am currently a University of Oxford graduate student. I credit a lot of this to my time in Melbourne, studying with the National Centre for Australian Studies.”

– Daniel Drucker, Study Abroad Student (BBA, University of Miami), 2007.

Academics based at NCAS from 2014

‘Australia in the World’ is offered by the National Centre for Australian Studies, the leading centre of its kind. We are specialists in the areas we teach, and our passion for the subject matter has inspired students to develop their own skills and interests.

To make sure that students have access to the broadest range of expertise, some lectures are offered by specialist academics from across the Faculty of Arts and the university more widely, in addition to the core Centre staff below.

Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies from Dec 2013, is a research scholar specialising in the Vietnamese diaspora in Australia. She is interested in the intersections between migrant communities, multiculturalism and domestic politics, and in the lasting social impacts of war.

Professor Bruce Scates brings together a passion for innovative teaching with a strong research focus on the history of Australia’s wartime service and its ongoing impact and commemoration, as well as Australian labour history and environmental history. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including an Australian Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities. He is the lead researcher in a number of high-profile research projects investigating the legacy of Australia’s involvement in war and leads an international research consortium into the history of Anzac Day ahead of the Centenary in 2015. Every year, he takes students (including Gallipoli Prize* winners) to Turkey and Prato for the intensive unit Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in two world wars, and oversees teaching for Anzac Legends: Australians at war and Paradise Lost? Sustainability and Australia.

Dr Tom Heenan has taught units in the ‘Australia in the World’ sequence, including Exploring Contemporary Australia and A World of Sport: Business, Politics and Media for many years. He believes that learning should be informative and fun, and likes nothing more than taking students on the road. Students from all over the world consider his field trips to the outback as one of the highlights of their university experience.

Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska, Deputy Director researches the intersection between lived experience and international diplomacy. She specialises in Australia’s international connections, which underpin her teaching into the core unit Australia in a Globalising World as well as the intensive unit Australia and Asia, which invites students to gain a deeper understanding of international contacts by taking them out of the lecture theater and into the region. Her interest in the history and politics of travel and tourism is shared with students in A Lonely Planet? Travel, Culture, Power.

Academics teaching into Australia in the World in 2014 includes:

Professor Raelene Frances has published extensively on the history of women, work and war, with a particular focus on the ways in which the Australian experience is connected to and compared with the rest of the world. She is one of the project leaders on the History of Anzac Day project led by Professor Bruce Scates. She is a recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching in the Humanities and teaches into the Gallipoli/Prato intensive units Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in two world wars and Paradise Lost? Sustainability and Australia.

Dr Tony Moore, is current Director, and a cultural historian who researches and publishes in the areas of media history and practice, cultural politics, bohemia and subcultures, creative industries and radical and labour history.

Dr David Dunstan is a widely published historian whose research areas include the study of Australian society and culture, sport, biography, heritage, industrial and regional communities, publishing, newspapers and media, urban studies, and Australian communities abroad.

Dr Liz Conor research interests include print media, popular Australian ‘types ‘, gender and modernity and representations of Aboriginal women and children. Her doctoral thesis examined Australia’s Modern Girl, particularly the Flapper and the new forms of feminine visibility made possible through urbanisation and industrialized image production.