• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, Human Rights, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course addresses the issues of civilian protection in zones of armed conflict.  It explores three key themes:  the nature of contemporary forms of conflict and its investments in civilians; the experiences of civilians in conflict zones and their capacity to shape those experiences; the responsibilities and efforts of the international community to seek the protection of civilians in and after conflict.  To this end, this course will begin by examining traditional and non-traditional approaches to conflict and conflict analysis, including the realist and liberal traditions, democratic peace theory, cosmopolitanism, literatures on new wars and complex emergencies, and debates on humanitarian intervention.  It will then examine the impact that different conflicts have upon civilians.  It will apply an identity politics lens to understand how the civilian experience is shaped by gender, age, ethnicity, religion, and location.  It will also debate what is required for civilian protection, how it is best implemented, and by whom.  The course then turns to an examination of the international community's work in providing civilian protection- in particular it will focus on the work of the UN and major NGOs and INGOs, and the militarised responses of global coalitions such as NATO.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a strong understanding of the impact of conflict on civilians, the global civilian protection framework, and the competing theories informing the analysis of both;
  2. be capable of identifying and debating the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to civilian protection;
  3. develop strong research, analysis, and critical thinking skills; and
  4. develop strong written and oral communication skills.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Two research papers at 3,000 words each (40% each) (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. One document analysis paper at 1,000 words (15) [LO 1,2]
  3. Seminar Participation (5) [LO 1,2,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of seminars; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) (HIR), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) (HPOLS), Bachelor of Public Policy (Honours) (HPPOL), Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) (HDEVS), Bachelor of European Studies (Honours) (HEURO), Bachelor of Latin American Studies (Honours) (HLAMS), Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) (HPPE), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed POLS8021

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
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