• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code PECO-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Peace and Conflict Studies Major

The primary objective of this major is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the causes, prevention and containment of conflict, and of theoretical and practical approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Particular emphasis is given to the relevance of these issues to Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and the major emphasises both the historical and contemporary contexts in which conflicts occur.

Students will learn about the conflicts that have shaped our world, region and country, and efforts to prevent and resolve such conflicts. The major is comprehensive in approach, drawing insights from a range of disciplines including anthropology, diplomacy, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, law, peace and conflict studies, political science, security studies, sociology and strategic studies. Students that have completed the major will be well equipped to pursue advanced research in the fields of international relations, peace and conflict studies, and security studies or to develop a career in a wide range of relevant professions, including in non-governmental organisations, international organisations, government and policy bodies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and evaluate the key concepts and theoretical frameworks in the study of peace and conflict, and critically apply these to important issues in the field;
  2. Engage in independent research, employing appropriate research methods and quality data, to investigate problems related to the prevention, management and resolution of armed conflict;
  3. Communicate effectively and knowledgably on peace and conflict issues through both written and oral media;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical implications of research and practice in the field of peace and conflict studies.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
INTR1021 Understanding Peace and Conflict 6
INTR1022 Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution 6
POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies 6
INTR3001 Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice 6

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2087 Peace Building in the Pacific and Asia 6
ASIA2093 Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA3029 Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia 6
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
INTR2047 Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building 6
POLS2100 Genocide in the Modern World 6
POLS2113 Human Rights 6
POLS3033 Environment, Human Security, and Conflict 6
  STST 2131: Security Communities
WARS2001 Theories of War: An historical and global perspective 6
DIPL2000 Leadership and Diplomacy 6
DIPL2001 The Role of Non-State Actors in Asia-Pacific Diplomacy 6
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