• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences
  • Major code PCWS-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Peace, Conflict & War Studies Major


The primary objective of this major is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the causes, prevention and containment of war, and of theoretical and practical approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Particular emphasis is given to the relevance of these issues to Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and the major emphases both history and the contemporary context. Students will learn about both larger and smaller conflicts that have shaped our world, region and country, and about both successful and unsuccessful efforts to prevent and resolve such conflicts. The major is comprehensive in approach, drawing insights from a range of disciplines including anthropology, diplomacy, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, law, peace and conflict studies, political science, security studies, sociology and strategic studies. Students who have completed the major will be well equipped to pursue advanced research in the field of peace, conflict and war studies, or to develop a career in a wide range of relevant professions, including in non-governmental organisations, international organisations, government and policy bodies.


Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree with a Major in Peace, Conflict and War, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply core concepts in the study of peace, conflict and war.
  2. Demonstrate the relevance of these concepts and issues to the Asia-Pacific region and to Australia and its international relations.
  3. Understand core contemporary challenges in the areas of conflict prevention, conflict management and post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding.
  4. Distinguish between different disciplinary and research traditions in the study of peace, conflict and war, and the practical and theoretical implications of employing these traditions.
  5. Articulate their ideas regarding peace, conflict and war in a variety of academic and professional settings.


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major, whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the "Summary of Courses" page.

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Advice to Students
Students may take up to two courses outside of this list with advanced permission from the Undergraduate Convenor, provided the courses contribute to the major’s learning outcomes. The College of Asia & the Pacific encourages students to consider applying to take a Vice Chancellor’s undergraduate course (VCUG) as part of this major.
Major Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1021 Understanding War and Conflict 6
ASIA1022 Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution 6

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2053 Civil Wars and Civil Peace 6
POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies 6
ASIA2087 Conflict Management and Resolution 6
STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century 6

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2047 Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building 6
ASIA2060 Southeast Asian Security 6
ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA3030 The Origins of the International Order in Southeast Asia 6
POLS2085 Gendered Politics of War 6
  POLS 2097: Strategy I: Grand Strategy
  POLS 2098: Strategy II
POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis: Understanding Global and Australian Foreign Policy Decision-Making 6
HIST2214 The Great War, 1914-1918 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989 6
STST2002 Internal security issues in the Asia-Pacific 6
STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific 6
STST2003 Security in the South Pacific: Is it Australia's "Arc of Instability"? 6
INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy 6
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific 6
INTR2012 China's New Approaches to Asia Pacific Security 6
INTR2016 US Security Policy in Asia 6
INTR2018 Japan's Security Dilemmas 6
INTR2020 Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula 6
INTR2024 Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities 6
PASI2003 Environment, Conflict and Development in the Western Pacific 6
PASI2006 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
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