• Offered by Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Dorothy D'Costa
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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In the 21st century the need for effective peacebuilding and conflict resolution is as great as ever. Many long-running conflicts remain unresolved. Pessimists even see the menacing potential for new wars looming just over the horizon. What are the conditions for sustainable peace? This course begins by examining the mechanisms available for bringing about peaceful resolutions to conflict and war. We seek to analyse the prospects for peace in the 21st century through a close engagement with examples of conflict resolution and peacebuilding from across the Asia-Pacific region. These case-studies each illustrate different challenges and approaches to conflict resolution and peace building. Students will be encouraged to consider the communication strategies, attitudes towards justice, political instincts and other practical attributes that are relevant to resolving conflict and building peace in such contexts. To facilitate a hands-on appreciation of those attributes, the course includes a hypothetical exercise designed to challenge us to look at peace efforts from a variety of real-world perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who successfully complete this course should have: 

1.       Gained a practical perspective on peacebulding and conflict resolution in the 21st century, and developed the conceptual apparatus for understanding contemporary peacebuilding efforts, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

2.       Understood concepts that are considered in detail including violence, truce, justice, trauma, peacekeeping, reconciliation, anomie, truth, healing and resolution, with special attention to those situations where peace processes have consistently failed to achieve their goals.

3.       Clarified their knowledge of these concepts with respect to a case-study of their choice.

4.       Analysed different patterns of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and the specific places and times in which they are relevant, in the context of developing a fuller appreciation of the practical challenges involved in efforts for peace.

Indicative Assessment

1.       Tutorial participation 5%

2.       Contribution to success of the peacebuilding hypothetical 15%

3.       Written reflection on hypothetical participation 25%

4.       Contributions to online debate 15%

5.       Case-study essay 40%

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3 contact hours and 6 hours private study per week, with a greater workload in the lead-up to the peacebuilding hypothetical exercise.

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick will be made available. The course will also make full use of WATTLE and students are expected to pay close attention to the regularly updated course website.

Before the course commences students are also encouraged to have read at least one of the volumes in Professor John Braithwaite’s “Peacebuilding Compared” series. The website for that series is: http://peacebuilding.anu.edu.au/




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2627 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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