• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences, Strategic Studies
  • Major code PECO-MAJ

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

  1. Understand andevaluate the key concepts and theoretical frameworks in the study of peace andconflict, and critically apply these to important issues in the field;
  2. Engage inindependent research, employing appropriate research methods and quality data,to investigate problems related to the prevention, management and resolution ofarmed conflict;
  3. Communicateeffectively and knowledgably on peace and conflict issues through both writtenand oral media;
  4. Demonstrate anunderstanding of the ethical implications of research and practice in the fieldof peace and conflict studies.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

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

POLS2123 - Peace and Conflict Studies (6 units)

INTR1021 - Understanding Peace and Conflict (6 units)

INTR1022 - Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution (6 units)

INTR3001 - Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice (6 units)

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

POLS2100 - Genocide in the Modern World (6 units)

POLS2113 - Human Rights (6 units)

ASIA2087 - Peace Building in the Pacific and Asia (6 units)

ASIA2093 - Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

POLS3033 - Environment, Human Security and Conflict (6 units)

INTR2047 - Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building (6 units)

ASIA3029 - Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia (6 units)

DIPL2000 - Leadership and Diplomacy (6 units)

WARS2001 - Theories of War: An historical and global perspective (6 units)

DIPL2001 - The Role of Non-State Actors in Asia-Pacific Diplomacy (6 units)

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