- Class Number 5827
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Eglantine Raux ep Staunton
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
In the 21st century the need for effective peacebuilding and conflict resolution is as great as ever. Many long-running conflicts remain unresolved. Pessimists even see the menacing potential for new wars looming just over the horizon. What are the conditions for sustainable peace? This course begins by examining the mechanisms available for bringing about peaceful resolutions to conflict and war. We seek to analyse the prospects for peace in the 21st century through a close engagement with examples of conflict resolution and peacebuilding from across the Asia-Pacific region. These case-studies each illustrate different challenges and approaches to conflict resolution and peace building. Students will be encouraged to consider the communication strategies, attitudes towards justice, political instincts and other practical attributes that are relevant to resolving conflict and building peace in such contexts. To facilitate a hands-on appreciation of those attributes, the course includes a hypothetical exercise designed to challenge us to look at peace efforts from a variety of real-world perspectives.
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Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Students who successfully complete this course should have:
- Gained a practical perspective on peacebulding and conflict resolution in the 21st century, and developed the conceptual apparatus for understanding contemporary peacebuilding efforts, especially in the Asia-Pacific region
- Understood concepts that are considered in detail including violence, truce, justice, trauma, peacekeeping, reconciliation, anomie, truth, healing and resolution, with special attention to those situations where peace processes have consistently failed to achieve their goals.
- Clarified their knowledge of these concepts with respect to a case-study of their choice.
- Analysed different patterns of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and the specific places and times in which they are relevant, in the context of developing a fuller appreciation of the practical challenges involved in efforts for peace.
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
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction: Building Peace in the 21st Century|
|2||The challenges of conflict resolution and peacebuilding: Film screening 'For Sama'|
|3||Containing conflict? Peacekeeping, its challenges and future|
|4||Reaching a peace settlement through diplomatic means|
|5||Meet the practitioner|
|6||From gendered war to gendered peace? Woman, peace and security|
|7||Conflict analysis workshop|
|9||Reconciliation and transitional justice|
|10||Escalating conflict? Humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect|
|11||Atrocity prevention and the implications for conflict prevention|
|12||Conclusion and exam preparation|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date|
|Tutorial participation (5%)||5 %||*|
|Presentation of a reading (10%)||10 %||*|
|Case study (25%)||25 %||30/08/2021|
|Policy recommendation (30%)||30 %||18/10/2021|
|Exam (30%)||30 %||*|
* 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:
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 Academic Integrity . 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
Tutorial participation (5%)
You are expected to participate to the tutorial discussion every week, drawing from the readings. The aim is to help you develop your confidence and oratory skills, while ensuring that the tutorials are collaborative, lively and engaging. Please note that it is your participation (not your attendance) that is assessed from Week 3 to 12, meaning that if you attend but do not participate, you will not receive any marks for that tutorial.
If you are unable to attend a tutorial and have a valid reason (such as a medical certificate or a family emergency, see this policy for a more comprehensive list: https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_004604), you can make up for it by writing 100 word answer to one of the questions discussed during your missed tutorial. In order to do this alternative assessment, you need to:
· Email your tutor PRIOR to the tutorial (or as soon as possible after, depending on your circumstances). They will email you the question you need to write about.
· Your 100 word answer needs to be submitted within 2 weeks of receiving the question (unless alternative arrangements have been made with your tutor).
Assessment Task 2
Presentation of a reading (10%)
You will do a video presentation on one of the mandatory readings of the course, which will account for 10% of your grade. It should provide a summary of the key themes and/or arguments of the reading, briefly assess its strengths and weaknesses, and should not be longer than 5 min. As part of your presentation, you are welcome (but do not have to) create one meme in order to illustrate one of your points. Similarly, it is up to you whether you want to use slides in your video. You need to post your video presentation on the Wattle page of your tutorial before your tutorial takes place. You are free to use whatever tool you want to record your video (easy options include PowerPoint and Zoom) as long as the file format is supported by Wattle.
The objective of this presentation is to allow you to engage thoroughly and critically with course materials, assist you in developing your skills in analysing and synthesizing readings, while enhancing your capacity to communicate complex ideas concisely and clearly. These videos available on Wattle will create a great collective resource to help you prepare for the exam.
Assessment Task 3
Case study (25%)
You will write a 1,250 word essay on one of the following case studies:
You also have the option to pick a case study of your choice, but it needs to be a current violent conflict and you should first seek the approval of the lecturer via email.
Your essay should answer the following question: ‘why is the conflict so hard to solve?’ Please see Wattle for the full guidelines on this assessment.
The purpose of this essay is to help you develop your research and academic writing skills, while demonstrating comprehension of the key concepts and issues related to conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
Assessment Task 4
Policy recommendation (30%)
You will be presented with the scenario of a hypothetical conflict taking place in the Asia Pacific. In a 1,500 word essay, you will provide recommendation on how to put an end to this deep-seated conflict. The lecture during Week 7 will be dedicated to this assessment. Please see Wattle for the full guidelines on this assessment.
This exercise will deepen your understanding of the key themes, actors, tools and challenges related to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, while expanding your writing skills and your capacity to think creatively.
Assessment Task 5
The exam will cover all the course and will take place during the examination period at the end of the semester. A full brief will be given during the last lecture.
The aim is to verify how you are able to utilise and express in an analytical way the material that you have absorbed throughout the semester, and to help you reflect on your learning journey.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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