• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code PECO-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Peace and Conflict Studies Major

The primary objective of this major is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the causes, prevention and containment of conflict, 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 and conflict studies, or to develop a career in a wide range of relevant professions, including in non-governmental organisations, international organisations, government and policy bodies.

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

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

Code Title Units
INTR1021 Understanding Peace and Conflict 6
INTR1022 Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution 6
INTR2047 Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building 6

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2053 Civil Wars and Civil Peace 6
ASIA2081 Human Rights in Asia 6
ASIA2087 Peace Building in the Pacific and Asia 6
INTR2028 Regionalism, Rights and Order in Southeast Asia 6
POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies 6
STST2002 Internal security issues in the Asia-Pacific 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
HIST2238 Human Rights in History 6
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific 6
INTR2012 China's New Approaches to Asia Pacific Security 6
INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy 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
POLS2085 Gendered Politics of War 6
POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 6
POLS2113 Human Rights 6
POLS2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons 6
POLS2131 Security Communities: From War to Peace 6
POLS2132 Current Issues in International Security 6
POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis: Understanding Global and Australian Foreign Policy Decision-Making 6
STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific 6
STST2003 Security in the South Pacific: Is it Australia's "Arc of Instability"? 6
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