• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, International Affairs
  • Specialisation code IRPC-SPEC
Peace and Conflict Studies Specialisation

The pathway specialisation in Peace and Conflict studies introduces students to the debates and practices that surround the study of peace and conflict in world politics. The specialisation enables students to think critically about the role, value and consequence of core doctrines such as the responsibility to protect, humanitarianism and human rights, as well as the causes for and the consequences of different forms of conflicts in world politics. It also provides an in-depth understanding of conflict analysis, enabling students to appraise the contextual and structural elements of conflicts. Through conflict analysis, students will be able to engage in reflections about conflict transformation, engaging with and transforming the relationships, interests, discourses and, if necessary, the very constitution of society that supports the continuation of violent conflict. In this context, students will develop a practical understanding of how interventions can support peace processes. The pathway makes a direct link between academic and practical policy approaches to analysing and recovering from conflicts. Contemporary debates cover issues as broad as accountability and transparency, corruption, conflict, political settlement, human rights, participation, access to justice, democratisation and statebuilding. Students leaving this programme will be academically well-trained and in a position to undertake careers in conflict analysis or peacebuilding and will be of particular interest to individuals seeking careers in development or government or in NGOs related to governance, statebuilding and peace. This pathway provides a framework for exploring academic synergies and for students to undertake genuinely interdisciplinary study.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the causes and consequences of global conflict, with a particular focus on the experience of individuals within those processes

  2. Critically examine the responsibility, moral and political, of the global community to those who experience conflict

  3. Critically analyse and understand complex conflicts, including capacity to access, interpret and critically analyse material from different sources including policy documents and other publications from governments and international organisations, documents from the internet, and academic sources. 

  4. Analyse the design and implementation of post-conflict peacebuilding strategies, including contemporary debates related to international intervention, local political systems, and the politics of peacebuilding.

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of

INTR8052 Peace and Conflict Studies

18 units from the following courses:

ASIA8050 Social Conflict and Environmental Challenges in Asia and the Pacific

INTR8020 The Responsibility to Protect

INTR8050 States, Globalisation and the Movement of Peoples

INTR8053 Ethics of Peace and War

INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics

INTR8064 Gender, War and Justice in South and Southeast Asia

INTR8073 Human Security

INTR8077 Women, Peace and Security: Defining and Addressing Complex Security Challenges of the 21st Century

INTR8078 Interventions and Statebuilding: From Fragility to Resilience

NSPO8041 Borders, Migration and Security

NSPO8043 Pandemics, Infectious Diseases and National Security 

POLS8043 State Formation and Contested Political Orders

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