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Australia in the World: taking teaching outside the classroom

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‘Australia in the World’ is an exciting new cross-disciplinary undergraduate minor in the Faculty of Arts offered by the National Centre for Australian Studies featuring field trips and ‘hands on’ experiential learning to enrich your understanding of Australia in its regional and global context.  

In addition to semester-length 6-point units, Australia in the World offers three intensive 12-point field study subjects available to second and third year students and completed over a much shorter period. These are:


ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War

Hands-on learning in Turkey, Italy, Belgium and France! Join one of Australia’s leading Gallipoli historians in a journey across this historic landscape. Retrace the steps of the men who fought there, watch history come to life in the gullies, on the ridges and in the waters off Anzac Cove. The experiences of nurses, the international Allied forces and the Turkish soldiers they battled, are all part of this fascinating history. The Gallipoli study tour also explores Istanbul and Troy and promotes peace and friendship between Australia and Turkey.

Then after two weeks in Turkey the study tour relocates to Italy. Our Monash Prato Centre is set in the hills of historic Tuscany and here classes will include excursions to commemorative sites in Bologna and Florence. The final week of the unit tours the Western Front, visiting the key battlefields and museums of Flanders and the Somme and concluding in Paris. ‘Beyond Gallipoli’ retraces Australia’s involvement in a conflict that reshaped the modern world.  And if you have completed an Australian Studies subject you are eligible for the Gallipoli Prize, valued at $3500. For further information about the Gallipoli Prize see:

Intensive Mode Field Trip 12 points Winter

ATS2386/ATS3386 Paradise Lost?: Sustainability and Australia

Discover Australia’s environmental challenges walking the landscape Australia’s landscape is unique, for some it is beautiful, others have thought it a place of the weird or the monstrous. For both indigenous and non-indigenous Australia the land has had a huge influence on identity and culture. Paradise Lost? examines how cultural, climactic and economic forces have shaped the Australian landscape and how we will deal with the challenges facing the environment today, considering many of the debates surrounding sustainability, heritage and climate. As part of this field-study based subject, students will be guided through fascinating sites including the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Murray River and Wilson’s Promontory, allowing students to experience what the landscape means to Australia’s past and its future.

Intensive Mode Field Trip 12 points Summer Flexible

ATS2394/ATS3394 Australia and Asia

Understanding Australia’s relationship with Asia is more important than ever as we enter the Asian Century. This unique unit looks at Australian-Asian contacts from both sides, starting in Australia before taking students on a study tour to Asia. Students cover a wide conceptual, temporal and geographical terrain, exploring the nature of cross-cultural contact at political and diplomatic, economic and trade, as well as cultural and personal levels. The unit identifies enduring themes that influence Australian-Asian relations, and looks to future developments that will affect all Australians in the Asian Century.

Intensive Mode Field Trip 12 points Summer Flexible


These innovative, intensive units bring together knowledge from politics, history, international studies, geography, communications, media studies and cultural studies to situate Australia within its region and the world. They probe key questions, asking how Australia relates to Asia and the wider world during a time of globalisation, how Australia’s wartime heritage shapes the nation today, and how the natural environment has shaped what it means to be Australian today. Whether you want to be a diplomat or a lawyer, a journalist or a teacher you will benefit from the viewpoints, knowledge and hands-on experiences covered in these field study subjects. 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.

Additionally, students can experience the historic Rocks region of Sydney, and visit the Australian Outback, including the mining outpost Broken Hill and the Indigenous heritage of Lake Mungo National Park through the 6-point unit, ATS1259 Exploring Contemporary Australia, offered in both conventional and intensive mode.

What students have said about our field study programs:

“A remarkable experience, both on an educational and personal experience. I will never forget Gallipoli.” – Catherine Tiernan, History and Theatre Major

“Undertaking an international study program was one of the best decisions I could have made in the course of my University education. I got to visit and interact with a site that figures so highly in the national consciousness, as Gallipoli does. Coupled with the interaction with a distinctive culture it allowed me to grow both academically and personally. I would recommend international study to any current and future students.” – Alex Dunn, History and Politics major, Bachelor of Arts/Commerce

“Going to visit the Outback and Broken Hill was one of the highlights of my semester at Monash. Seeing places like Lake Mungo National Park, and visiting the ghost town of Silverton allowed me to see a side of Australia I barely knew existed. Indeed, all the fields trips I took were great, and allowed me to make friends with people from all over the world and learn more about Australia.” – Alyssa Whiteman, Study Abroad student from Loyola University, Baltimore, USA.

“Studying at Gallipoli was a highlight of my B.A degree. I enjoyed the international study program so much that I enrolled in another unit this year! ANZAC itself is incredibly beautiful and rich in history, it is a living classroom. Studying at the Monash Prato Centre is also an unforgettable experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the cultural interactions in Italy and Turkey, learning from and getting to know Bruce and Rae and forming a close bond with the other students in the course.” – Claire Poyser, International Relations/Politics Major, BA Dean Scholars

For more information contact Undergraduate Coordinator, National Centre for Australian Studies, Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska:

Minor in Australia in the World (24 points)

Students completing a minor in ‘Australia in the World’ complete one second-year cornerstone unit, and additional elective units, for a total of 24 points.

Cornerstone unit

Elective units

Students select additional units from this list:

  • ATS1259 Exploring Contemporary Australia
  • ATS2971 Fields of Play: Entertainment, politics and popular cultures
  • ATS2385 Anzac Legends: Australians at War
  • ATS2386/ATS3386 Paradise Lost? Sustainability and Australia
  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War
  • ATS3391 A World of Sport: Business, politics and media
  • ATS3392 A Lonely Planet? Travel, Culture, Power
  • ATS2394/ATS3394 Australia and Asia

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