• Offered by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicole Haley
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
    See Future Offerings

The course will explore contemporary debates regarding conflict and social disorder in the Pacific drawing on the research and policy work of members of the State Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program in the College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP). Utilizing theoretical approaches drawn from the disciplines of anthropology, criminology and conflict studies, the course aims to equip students with tools to facilitate the analysis and understanding of social order and disorder. The practical implications of these approaches will be demonstrated via the examination of case studies from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. The course will explore contemporary debates including competing notions of social order; the role of state and non-state mechanisms in social control; internal and external responses to problems of law and order in the Asia Pacific, and the dynamics of peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction throughout the region. In examining these topics, students will be exposed to a variety of perspectives including from academic, international donor, domestic government and civil society discourses.


***In 2013 this course involves intensive lecture sessions from 9-20 September inclusive, they will run from 9.00 am-1.00 pm. The sessions will be held in SSGM Reading Room 5119 in the HC Coombs building #9.***

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills to:


  • Understand the plurality of regulatory systems in the Melanesian countries and the nature of their interaction;
  • Explain the principle sources of conflict in Melanesia with reference to detailed case studies of contemporary conflicts;
  • Assess the respective roles of state and non-state actors, and those of external and local institutions, in the prevention and resolution of conflict, as well as in longer-term peace-building in the Melanesian countries;
  • Locate the Melanesian situation within the international academic and policy literature on conflict and social regulation.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of effective conflict prevention/resolution and peace-building strategies

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

Spring Session (2 week intensive). 

Indicative Assessment

Detailed Analysis 25%; Essay 7,000 words (65%); Class participation (10%).

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200 Hours across the semester (including 2 week intensive course)

Requisite and Incompatibility

7101XMAAPD, 7101SSOCENV, 7101S


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Unit value:
12 units

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Domestic fee paying students
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1994-2003 $3084
2014 $4956
2013 $4944
2012 $4944
2011 $4848
2010 $4716
2009 $4572
2008 $4572
2007 $4572
2006 $4572
2005 $4572
2004 $3852
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2014 $7524
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2005 $7236
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5569 08 Sep 2014 12 Sep 2014 12 Sep 2014 30 Sep 2014 In Person N/A

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