- Code POLS2123
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Charles Miller
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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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.
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:
- demonstrate an understanding of key debates concerning the use of violence;
- explain the major debates concerning the origins and drivers of, and actors involved in, conflict; and
- demonstrate an understanding of the major schools of thought concerning conflict prevention, conflict management conflict resolution, and peace-building.
Indicative AssessmentResearch Essay, 1500 words (40%). LOs 1,2 & 3
Policy Report, 800 words (25%). LOs 1,2 & 3
Presentation, 10 minutes (25%). LOs 1,2 & 3
Participation (10%). LOs 1,2 & 3
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
An e-brick will be prepared for students with a range of readings. Indicative texts include
- Kaldor, New and Old Wars (Cambridge: Polity, 2007)
- Galtung, Peace by Peaceful Means (Oslo: PRIO, 1996)
- Nye, Understanding International Conflict: An introduction to theory and history (New York: Harper Collins, 1993)
- Cochrane, Ending Wars (London: Polity, 2008)
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