• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Asia Pacific Studies, International Affairs

The field of peace and conflict studies is multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural, comprising analytical, normative, theoretical, and practical perspectives. In this course students will learn the key analytical skills that define this field, including conflict mapping, analysis of the stages/evolution of conflict (the ABC triangle), and will apply these skills to specific case studies. This process of application will enable students to better understand the relationship between the framing of any individual conflict and the development of strategies to manage and resolve that conflict. Students will learn what strategies and interventions may have a positive effect in a conflict situation, how what we mean by positive may vary depending on the analytical tools we are employing, and what strategies and interventions should be avoided. Throughout the course conversation is underpinned by an emphasis on the ‘do no harm’ framework.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the contextual reality of what peace and conflict can mean from various perspectives, and the role of political, cultural, legal and historical inheritances to the development of those perspectives
  2. Refine their personal interests, skills and expertise in the field of peace and conflict studies through a focus on case studies in the Asia-Pacific region.
  3. Demonstrate extended knowledge of peace and conflict, as well as the conceptual foundations for understanding the mechanisms that drive peace and conflict processes.
  4. Develop a robust understanding of conflict analysis tools, and apply them to evaluate specific case studies of peace and conflict.
  5. Clearly and persuasively showcase their knowledge of academic skills through written assessments.
  6. Communicate research findings on the drivers and actors of specific case studies, and create innovative research approaches to case studies by using visual research tools (conflict analysis tools), thus demonstrating their comprehension of the practical skills of conflict analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay (3,000 words) (50) [LO 2,4,5]
  2. Reflection piece (1,000 words) (15) [LO 2,3]
  3. Final exam (2,000 words) (25) [LO 1,2]
  4. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Fisher, S. et al. Working With Conflict: Skills and Strategies for Action (London: Zed Books, 2000). The book is available at the ANU library, and the IR library.

Preliminary Reading

Barash, David and Charles Webel. Peace & Conflict Studies, 4th Edition (London: SAGE, 2018).

Bercovitch, Jacob, Victor Kremenyuk and William Zartman (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution (London: SAGE, 2009).

Crocker, Chester, Fen Hampson and Pamela Aall (eds.) Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict (Washington: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2001).

Gentry, Caron, Laura Shepherd and Laura Sjoberg (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Gender and Security, 1st Edition (London: Routledge, 2018).

Hoglund, Kristine and Magnus Oberg (ed.) Understanding Peace Research: Methods and Challenges (London: Routledge, 2011).

Lemay-Hébert, Nicolas (ed.) Edward Elgar Handbook of Intervention and Statebuilding (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019).

Richmond, Oliver. Peace: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Richmond, Oliver and Gezim Visoka (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Peacebuilding, Statebuilding and Peace Formation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).

Visoka, Gezim. Peace Figuration After International Intervention: Intentions, Events, and Consequences of Liberal Peacebuilding (London: Routledge, 2016).

Wallensteen, Peter. Understanding Conflict Resolution (London: SAGE, 2015).

Webel, Charles and Johan Galtung (eds.) Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies (London: Routledge, 2007).

Webel, Charles and Jorgen Johansen (eds.) Peace and Conflict Studies: A Reader (London: Routledge, 2012).

Williams, Paul (ed.) Security Studies: An Introduction. 2nd ed. (London: Routledge, 2013).


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2024 $4440
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2024 $6360
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3774 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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