• Offered by ANU National Security College
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject National Security Policy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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Violence motivated by religion, or using religion as a justification, is on the rise around the world. Conflicts such as those in Iraq and Syria and more recently in Egypt, which began as inter-state conflict or popular internal uprisings have subsequently developed into sectarian conflicts.  They appear, and are qualitatively and quantitatively different to earlier religio-nationalist conflicts such as the Irish Troubles. This course examines the causes and dynamics of religious and sectarian violence, as well as the factors that cause it to spread between societies.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. A good understanding of the nature of sectarianism.
2. A broad understanding of the causes of sectarian conflict.
3. A thorough knowledge of contemporary sectarian conflicts in the region.
4. A thorough knowledge of important international sectarian conflicts.
5. An understanding of how such conflicts can be managed and/or solved.
6. A good understanding of how sectarian conflict impacts on Australia in a security sense.
7. The ability to conduct independent research.
8. Acquisition of well-developed oral and written communication skills.

Indicative Assessment

30% Group Presentation 
15% Blogpost
45% Essay

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2018 $3660
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3642 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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