• Class Number 3987
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Eglantine Raux ep Staunton
    • Dr Eglantine Raux ep Staunton
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

For millions of people worldwide, violent conflict or the threat of violent conflict, is a daily reality. In today’s rapidly changing world, it is imperative that our responses to conflict are effective, well-informed and context appropriate. This course encourages students to think creatively about the drivers of modern armed conflict and understand a range of approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The course asks the questions: What are the defining characteristics of modern conflict? What are the various pathways to conflict resolution? How can a sustainable peace be built? Who builds it? How should we respond to mass atrocities? How can we prevent conflicts and mass atrocities from taking place? Drawing on a range of  case studies, students will consider topics such as negotiation, mediation, conflict transformation, peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, the responsibility to protect, peacebuilding, DDR, state-building, nation-building, reconciliation, and transitional justice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of conflict and the conceptual foundations for understanding the mechanisms that drive these components of human societies
  2. Develop the conceptual apparatus for analysing different patterns of conflict resolution and peace-building, and the specific places and times in which they are relevant
  3. Gain a fuller appreciation of the practical challenges involved in conflict resolution and peace-building, and some of the strategies available to overcome them
  4. Develop strong oral and written skills, critical analysis skills and gain a practical perspective on conflict resolution and peace-building in the 21st century

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Understanding conflict and building peace in the 21st Century
2 The impact of conflict
3 Peacekeeping
4 Reaching a peace settlement
5 State-building
6 Transitional justice and reconciliation
7 Conflict analysis workshop
8 The ethics and laws of war
9 International responses to conflict and their impact
10 Dealing with mass atrocities: humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect
11 Atrocity prevention and conflict prevention
12 Pacifism and non violence

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Seminar presentation and participation 10 % 29/05/2020 02/07/2020 1, 2, 3, 4
Mid-semester exam 20 % 02/04/2020 17/04/2020 1, 2, 3
Policy brief 35 % 18/05/2020 29/05/2020 1, 2, 3, 4
Research essay 35 % 08/06/2020 02/07/2020 1, 2, 3, 4

* 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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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: 10 %
Due Date: 29/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Seminar presentation and participation

Each week, one student will do a presentation on one of the mandatory readings of the course (the allocation of readings will take place during the first seminar). Your presentation should not be longer than 5 min and should provide a summary of the key themes and/or arguments of the reading, and briefly assess its strengths and weaknesses. The objective of this exercise is to allow you to engage thoroughly and critically with course materials. It will assist you in developing your skills in analysing and synthesizing materials, while enhancing your capacity to communicate complex ideas concisely and clearly. I strongly encourage you to post a copy or summary of your presentation on the course forum (on Wattle). This will provide a collective resource of commentaries on the core readings for the class as a whole, and give you an opportunity to discuss your interpretations of the course readings.

Additionally, you will be expected to participate to the seminar discussion every week, drawing from the readings. The aim is to help develop your confidence and oratory skills, while ensuring that the seminars are collaborative, lively and engaging. 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 02/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 17/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Mid-semester exam

The exam will cover the first part of the course (both the seminars and the mandatory readings). The aim is to verify that you have understood the core themes and material of the course so far in order to help you prepare for the rest of the course and the other assessments. It will also help you reflect on your learning journey.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 18/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 29/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Policy brief

You will be presented with the scenario of a hypothetical conflict taking place in the Asia Pacific. In a 2,000 word policy brief, you will provide advice to the Australian Government who has agreed to organize a peace summit in order to put an end to this deep-seated conflict. The lecture during Week 7 will be dedicated to this assessment. This exercise will deepen your understanding of the key themes, actors, tools and challenges related to conflict resolution and peace-building, while expanding your writing skills and your capacity to think creatively.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 08/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research essay

A list of questions will be posted on Wattle. Your 2,000 word essay must be analytical in nature and integrate knowledge derived from the seminars, assigned readings and additional research. When possible, you should briefly use relevant case studies to illustrate your argument. In addition to allowing you to explore some of the empirical aspects of humanitarianism in detail, the aim of the research essay is to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your scholarship, your capacity to pursue guided independent research and to assimilate and evaluate material presented in your readings and during seminars. It further allows you to develop your skills in constructing and substantiating a position on particular issues.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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) 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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. 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. Extensions may be granted 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).

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