• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asia Pacific Affairs
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christopher Hobson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Spring Session 2021
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This course seeks to understand peace and conflict by asking big questions about violence and confrontation in human societies. Students are introduced to the global wars which shape history on grand scales and to the local conflicts that persist in the background. We want to know: Why do we fight? What is conflict? Is conflict sometimes good? Who are insurgents? What is terrorism? How do we maintain memories of conflict? Is future conflict inevitable? We explore big questions through political science, strategic studies, international relations, anthropology, history, law, gender studies and psychology lenses. These specific disciplinary orientations, infused by insights from Asian and European traditions of thought, offer their own answers in the study of peace and conflict. Our approach in this course is integrative, interrogative and critical. We analyse the causes of war and conflict; the nature of security and strategic decision-making; the political drivers of international and sub-national conflicts; the use of technologies and tactics; and the public presentation of war and conflict. The regional orientation of this course—reflecting the Australian National University's strengths—is the Asia-Pacific region. The questions that we examine find some of their answers in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. To provide students with a robust foundation for further study, this course draws on the range of expertise that makes ANU the hub for the critical analysis of the big questions concerning war and conflict. It is appropriate for those who wish to develop knowledge of specific situations of peace and conflict, as well as for students who hope for a broad overview of the topic.
This course will be taught in Japan (in English) as part of the Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Broad knowledge of conflict and war, and the conceptual foundations for understanding the mechanisms that drive these components of human societies, with particular reference to the Asia-Pacific region.
  2. Understanding of the general character of war and conflict at particular times and places, and the specific political, cultural, legal and historical mechanisms relevant to those situations.
  3. Refined their personal interests and expertise in the field of war and conflict studies, and be able to clearly and persuasively showcase their knowledge by completing original research.
  4. Offered contributions to tutorials and to online debate which demonstrate their ability to effectively communicate ideas about war and conflict at both global and local scales, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay 2000 words (30) [LO null]
  2. Class Test (30) [LO null]
  3. Final Examination (30) [LO null]
  4. Class Participation (10) [LO null]

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Workload

Students should devote 10 hours per week over 12 weeks to formal and informal study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs. This course is incompatible with ASIA1021 and INTR1021.

Prescribed Texts

None specified

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3900
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6599 27 Sep 2021 22 Oct 2021 22 Oct 2021 29 Jan 2022 In Person N/A

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