• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Diplomacy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course provides students with a systematic introduction to the roles of the United Nations in enforcing and fostering peace. It opens with an exploration of how the United Nations organisation contributes to international order. It moves on to discussion of the complexities of the idea of peace and then examines in detail the meaning, principal elements, and challenges associated with peace enforcement, peacekeeping, and peace operations. It concludes with a consideration of the evolving roles of Special Political Missions and of the particular challenges they pose.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Display an advanced knowledge of the roles of the UN in contributing to international peace
  2. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the definitions of peace and an ability to critically analyse and apply the relevant theories by means of comparison and justification
  3. Critically analyse, evaluate and theorise the challenges confronting effective peace enforcement, peacekeeping, complex peace operations and Special Political Missions within the UN system
  4. Conduct research and develop cogent arguments on the broad question of the roles of the UN in international society
  5. Express themselves clearly and effectively in their written work. Students should take full advantage of the extensive and specialised research strengths of the academic staff involved in this course in reaching these learning outcomes. They would leave with an understanding of the UN role in international peacekeeping and enforcement, in both a historical and modern context, that would aid them in working competently on issues of peace in United Nations offices or in diplomatic missions attache

Indicative Assessment

  1. First Essay - 2000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. UN Policy Brief - 1000 words (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Take-home Exam - 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Students should expect 24 hours of seminars over the winter session in either intensive or semi-intensive format. Total expected work hours including seminars, readings and assessment is expected to be approximately 120 hours.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Department of International Relations to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Core reading materials will be provided in the form of a printed reading brick.


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:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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