On Friday 20 October, the first cohort of Bachelor of Global Studies (BGS) students marked the completion of their course. The celebration took place at Monash College in Collins Street, Melbourne where close to 100 students and guests toasted their success.
“It was wonderful to be involved with such an amazing cohort of students, and we can't wait to see where they go!” said outgoing Course Director, Associate Professor Sarah McDonald.
The guest speaker for the celebration was Oxfam International Gender Justice Lead, Kim Henderson. An alumnus of Monash University, Kim is an international development policy and programme expert with expertise covering gender equality, democratic governance and knowledge management. She has worked extensively in NGO, multilateral, and bilateral organisations, as well as the Australian Parliament, and has previously worked at senior levels for United Nations Women, the United Nations Development Programme and AusAID.
From 2018, the course will be headed by Dr Susan Carland, who also attended the celebration. Susan's research and teaching specialties focus on gender, sociology, contemporary Australia, terrorism, and Islam in the modern world.
The BGS course teaches leadership for social change, and offers a broad range of multidisciplinary electives, an overseas study component, opportunity to do an internship, and a choice of four specialisations. The course has an Industry Advisory Board, whose members are actively involved in providing the BGS academic team, with direct links into business, government and the social sector.
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