• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Cecilia Jacob
    • Ms Claire Cronin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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In 2019, this course will be offered as a 6 unit course.

In a conflict-prone world, the need for effective conflict resolution and peacebuilding is as high as ever. This course introduces students to the main approaches to the study and practice of conflict resolution and peace building. The course addresses fundamental questions about the causes of armed conflict, and the nature of inter- and intra-state conflict. It also discusses the dynamics of armed conflict: why conflicts continue, and escalate. Students will also learn about methods and mechanisms of conflict resolution and of peace building - from grassroots activism to high-politics diplomacy - by means ranging from institutional design to the use of truth commissions. Student will also be challenged to understand attempts at peacebuilding from a variety of real-world perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

The classes are all taught by visiting lecturers. They are all leading specialist in their field, providing a unique learning opportunity for the students. It will be expected from the students to take an active part in both the seminars and lectures, by having read the literature and to take part in the discussions. For the seminars students will be expected to take in turns to prepare a presentation.

These discussions, and the combination of assignments, will encourage active learning and critical analysis.

The students will also take part in an inter-active conflict resolution workshop.

Indicative Assessment

Class participation 10%, short essay 2000 words 15%, a longer essay 4000 words 40%, and a closed book exam (4 hours) 35%


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Students should devote 10 hours per week to the course, incorporating formal classes and private study.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $7680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $10920
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9686 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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