- Code INTR8052
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International Relations
- Areas of interest International Relations
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Kirsten Ainley
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of conflict and the conceptual foundations for understanding the mechanisms that drive these components of human societies
- 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
- Gain a fuller appreciation of the practical challenges involved in conflict resolution and peace-building, and some of the strategies available to overcome them
- Develop strong oral and written skills, critical analysis skills and gain a practical perspective on conflict resolution and peace-building in the 21st century
- Please note that this assessment is indicative only. The actual assessment for the course is provided in the Class Summary prior to the commencement of the semester in which the course is being conducted and may differ from this assessment. (null) [LO null]
- Course Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Case-study Essay (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final Examination (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.
Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.
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