• Class Number 8179
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
    • Sean Rupka
SELT Survey Results

This course critically examines the theoretical and practical issues surrounding peace and conflict studies. The course begins by exploring the range of different understandings of the roots of violence and the contemporary manifestations of conflict. It  then examines the key actors in conflicts such as elites, constituencies, civil society, soldiers, mercenaries, spoilers and outside actors. Turning to major debates in the field, it explores the question of whether it is ever 'just' to use violence for political ends; the concept of 'non-violence' in theory and practice; and debates over external intervention (including the R2P debate, various 'soft' and 'hard' power approaches and the role and efficacy of the UN). We then investigate key approaches in the field - such as conflict prevention, conflict management, conflict resolution and conflict transformation (and the relationship between these approaches). The role that human security, human rights and international law plays in such processes is also examined. The course then turns to the relationship that conflict resolution has to peacekeeping, peace-enforcing and post-conflict situations. Integral to these discussions is the application of theory to case-studies such as Israel-Palestine, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Iraq East Timor, Sri Lanka and Rwanda. The final part of the course assesses the future of conflict and conflict prevention.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of key debates concerning the use of violence;
  2. explain the major debates concerning the origins and drivers of, and actors involved in, conflict; and
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the major schools of thought concerning conflict prevention, conflict management conflict resolution, and peace-building.

Required Resources

The essential reading for each week provides a starting point for you, but the library contains an additional wealth of sources (books, journals, etc.) on peace and conflict.

•        Journal of Peace Research

•        Journal of Conflict Resolution

•        Peace and Change

•        Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology

•        Peace Review

•        The International Journal of Peace Studies

•        Journal of Peacebuilding and Development

•        Global Change, Peace & Security (formerly Pacifica Review)

•        Peace Research

•        Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice

•        Security Dialogue

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • with the return of assessments.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Additional referencing requirements and word limits

A key element to writing good essays is being able to write within the required word limit. You must use the Harvard system of in-text citations for the essay. You will be allowed an additional 10% in terms of the word-count to allow for these citations. Outside of this 10%, an automatic 10% penalty applies to your grade. Bibliographies are not included in the word count.

Appeals Procedure

?If you genuinely believe you have received an inappropriate or incorrect result, there are steps you can take to have that result reviewed. This must be done within 30 working days of the formal notification of results. Your first point of contact should always be your tutor or the course convenor. Be aware that in the case of an appeal, marks may go down or up. http://cass.anu.edu.au/current-students/rules-and-policies/appeals

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction (24/07/2019)
2 New and Old Civil Wars (31/07/2019)
3 The Coming Anarchy: Has it Finally Arrived? (07/08/2019)
4 Are Civil Wars Ethnic Wars? (14/08/2019)
5 Reviewing the Greed and Grievance Thesis (21/08/2019)
6 Political Marketplace in the Context of Civil Wars (28/08/2019) In-Class Test
7 The Transformation of War, the Transformation of Peace (18/09/2019)
8 Theories of Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (25/09/2019)
9 Drone Warfare (02/10/2019)
10 De-Colonizing Peace and Conflict Studies (09/10/2019)
11 Pacifism and nonviolence (16/10/2019)
12 Final Exam (23/10/2019) Final Exam

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research Essay (3000 words) 40 % 17/09/2019 01/01/9999 1, 2, 3
In-Class Test 20 % 28/08/2019 01/01/9999 1,3
Final Exam 30 % 23/10/2019 01/01/9999 1,2,3
Participation 10 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 17/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Research Essay (3000 words)

You need to submit an electronic copy of your essay through wattle. This assignment addresses learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3. Essay questions will be presented and discussed in class (introduction). 40% of the final mark.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 28/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

In-Class Test

40 multiple choice questions based on the mandatory readings and the material covered in class. Will be done in class on the 28/08/2019. 20% of the final mark.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 23/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final Exam

Final Exam (30%) to take place in the final week of the course (23/10/2019). It will be a closed book exam.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 2,3


You must attend the tutorials and participate in the group discussions. 10% of the final mark.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

Research Interests

Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

Sean Rupka

Research Interests

Sean Rupka

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