Travel the Country, Understand the Land

The National Centre for Australian Studies is your gateway to Australia. We visit sites of significance right across the country and we explore Australia’s social, cultural and political landscape. Innovative and interdisciplinary, our undergraduate program engages history, politics, literature, geography, International and Indigenous studies.

Why should I take Australian Studies?

Because studying at University should be a challenging, engaging and exciting
experience. Our Centre is renowned for our field trips, our use of film and interactive media, our willingness to look beyond the myths and stereotypes and interrogate Australia in new and different ways. Amongst our teaching staff are the winners of University, State and National Awards for Excellence in University Teaching. You can choose from a range of offerings attuned to your interests and needs.

Where can Australian Studies take me?

Everywhere. As an interdisciplinary program, Australian Studies can count towards a major or minor sequence in a host of Arts disciplines and many other fields of study. You can enter Australian Studies at any point of your undergraduate studies and we also offer a vibrant post-graduate program in fields as diverse as Tourism, Publishing and Editing and Media and Communications. Like all Arts subjects we foster the skills of critical analysis and imaginative research; we’ll encourage you to think creatively and independently, teach you to communicate more effectively and equip you for the challenges of your career and later life.

Is it just about Australia?

No way. Australian Studies is a global conversation and seeks to locate Australia in the region and the world. We celebrate the strength and diversity of Indigenous Australia and we explore the myriad cultures that inform a sense of Australian identity today.

You can make Australian Studies part of your Study Abroad experience, take Australian Studies units at our Prato Campus near Florence and tour the Gallipoli battlefields as part of your degree. Australian Studies engages the world.


  • 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 Read more
  • Experience Innovative field trip learning around Australia and overseas in Turkey, Italy and Asia! ‘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 Read more
  • This unit examines Australian sport within a global context. It investigates Australian engagement with international sporting organisations and markets, as well as the role of sport in Australian and international society. It interrogates the power of business, industry and the media in Australian and international sport, and how their roles are refashioning the sporting landscape. Read more
  • Offered at Monash Prato Centre, June/July ATS2387/3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War This subject will earn you 12 credit points. It begins in Istanbul towards the end of June, includes 3 full days in that ancient and beautiful city.  Then we journey to the Gallipoli Peninsula and reconstruct the battles of 1915.  Over several days Read more
  • What symbols and landmarks identify and embody Australia? How have Uluru and the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Barrier Reef, Anzac and vegemite evolved as cultural icons and what do they tell us about Australian history and identity? This unit explores contemporary Australia through its films, literature, sport, myths, heroes and history. Organised around the themes Read more
  • Why is war central to the shaping of Australian identity? How has it defined our place in the region and the world? This unit explores the experience of Australians at war, from the colonial period to the Landing at Gallipoli and through the major conflicts of the twentieth century. It focuses on the ‘face of battle’ and Read more
  • How has the landscape shaped the definition of what it means to be Australian? Why was ‘the Bush’ seen as a place of the weird or the monstrous? Have non Indigenous Australians learned from Aboriginal relationships with the natural environment and (in an age of catastrophic climate change) what challenges do we now face in living with Read more