Peace and Conflict Studies

Students Commencing in 2014
Degree information

Information for 2013
Degree information


Information for 2014


Master of Peace and Conflict Studies
Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies
Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies
Master of Letters (Peace and Conflict Studies)

Candidates for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies are required to complete 48 credit points, including 6 credit points of core units of study and 42 credit points of elective units of study.

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies are required to complete 36 credit points, including 6 credit points of core units of study and 30 credit points of elective units of study.

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies are required to complete 24 credit points, including 6 credit points of core units of study and 18 credit points of elective units of study.

Candidates for the Master of Letters (Peace and Conflict Studies) must complete the two treatise units of study (24 credit points) after completing the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Please Note: Several units of study offered in the Peace and Conflict Studies program operate outside the standard semester dates for semesters 1 and 2, and are therefore subject to different Census and Important Dates. You are advised to contact the Faculty Office and/or your Degree Director early should you need to change your enrolment at any stage in your degree.

Units offered through Summer School
Applications for these units must be directed to Summer School.
PACS6934 Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice
PACS6913 Conflict in Organisations
PACS6928 Community Mediation: Theory and Practice
PACS6912 Nonviolence and Social Change

Core Unit of Study
Semester 1 and Intensive-July
PACS6911 Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies

Core Elective Units of Studies
Semester 1
PACS6901 United Nations, Peace and Security
PACS6904 Dissertation Part 1
PACS6905 Dissertation Part 2
PACS6909 Cultures of Violence
PACS6915 Human Rights, Peace and Justice
PACS6934 The Human Right to Food

Semester 2
PACS6901 United Nations, Peace and Security (* Semester 2B)
PACS6904 Dissertation Part 1
PACS6905 Dissertation Part 2
PACS6915 Human Rights, Peace and Justice
PACS6917 Religion, War and Peace
PACS6934 The Human Right to Food (* Semester 2B)

Units offered through Summer/Winter School
PACS6912 Nonviolence: Philosophy and Practice (Summer)
PACS6913 Conflict in Organisations (Summer)
PACS6921 Peace of Mind: Psychology of Peace (Winter)
PACS6928 Community Mediation: Theory and Practice (Summer/Winter)

Units offered in intensive mode
PACS6914 Conflict Resolving Media (March)
PACS6927 Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding (September)

Online units (Starting Week 6)

PACS6901 United Nations, Peace and Security
PACS6923 Human Right to Food
PACS6924 Democracy in the Developing World
PACS6925 Peace and the Global Compact

Cross-Disciplinary Electives
Semester 1
ARTS7000 Academic Communication for Postgraduates
CISS6002 Strategy & Security in the Asia-Pacific
DVST6901 Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing
DVST6904 Rethinking Poverty
DVST6905 Development Project Evaluation
ECOP6101 Core Concepts in Political Economy
GOVT6108 Democracy and Development in SE Asia
GOVT6119 International Security
GOVT6123 Globalisation and Governance
GOVT6135 Global Environmental Politics
GOVT6147 Foundations of International Relations
GOVT6150 Comparative Democratic Politics
GOVT6220 The State, Secession, and Civil War
JCTC6915 Contemporary Response to the Holocaust
MECO6926 International Media Practice
SCLG6902 Doing Social Research
SCLG6913 Human Rights Internship A
SCLG6914 Human Rights Internship B

Semester 2
ARTS7000 Academic Communication for Postgraduates
CISS6004 Health and Security
CISS6006 Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'
DVST6901 Development: Civil Society and Wellbeing
DVST6904 Rethinking Poverty
DVST6906 Culture & Politics of Health Development
ECOP6018 Economic Development: Growth & Wellbeing
ECOP6101 Core Concepts in Political Economy
ECOP6108 Economic Management for Sustainability
ECOP6130 Human Rights & International Development
GEOS5501 Human Rights and the Environment
GOVT6119 International Security
GOVT6137 Forces of Change in Int Relations
GOVT6156 Governance and Civil Society
GOVT6304 Development and World Politics
HSTY6992 Monuments, Memory and History
LNGS7006 Cross-Cultural Communication
MECO6901 Dealing with the Media
MIPH5116 Culture, Health, Illness and Medicine
MIPH5137 Health Systems in Developing Countries
PRFM6900 Theatre and Community Development
SCLG6903 New Debates in Social Theory
SCLG6913 Human Rights Internship A
SCLG6914 Human Rights Internship B
USSC6903 US Foreign and National Security Policy

Units available through Summer or Winter School
CISS6020 Geopolitics of Energy Security in Asia (Summer)
GOVT6121 Northeast Asian Politics (Winter)
USSC6920 US Media: Politics, Culture, Technology (Winter)

Units offered in intensive mode
CISS6013 Middle East Conflict and Security (December)
CISS6018 Nuclear Arms Control & Non-proliferation (March)
GOVT6116 International Organisations (August)
MIPH5008 Travel and Tropical Medicine (October)
MIPH5124 Health Issues & Humanitarian Emergencies (November)
MIPH5127 Mental Disorders in Global Context (September)

Master of Letters (Peace and Conflict Studies)
Available in Semester 1 and 2
PACS6919 Treatise Part 1
PACS6920 Treatise Part 2


Please Note: All commencing PACS postgraduate students should discuss their proposed program of study with the Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator, Dr Wendy Lambourne or the MPACS Distance Coordinator, Associate Professor Jake Lynch.


Information for 2013


Candidates for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies are required to complete 48 credit points, including 6 credit points of core units of study and 42 credit points of elective units of study.

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies are required to complete 36 credit points, including 6 credit points of core units of study and 30 credit points of elective units of study.

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies are required to complete 24 credit points, including 6 credit points of core units of study and 18 credit points of elective units of study.

Candidates for the Master of Letters (Peace and Conflict Studies) must complete the two treatise units of study (24 credit points) after completing the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Core Unit of Study
Available in semester 1, or in intensive mode in July
PACS6911 Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies

Elective Units of Study
Summer School
PACS6913 Conflict in Organisations
PACS6921 Peace of Mind: Psychology of Peace
PACS6928 Community Mediation: Theory and Practice

Semester 1
PACS6904 Dissertation Part 1
PACS6905 Dissertation Part 2
PACS6919 Treatise Part 1 (Master of Letters)
PACS6920 Treatise Part 2 (Master of Letters)
PACS6901 United Nations, Peace and Security
PACS6914 Conflict-Resolving Media
PACS6915 Human Rights, Peace and Justice

Online units starting week 2
PACS6922 Peaceful Conflict Transformation
PACS6923 Human Right to Food
PACS6924 Democracy in the Developing World


Winter School
PACS6926 Peace and Conflict in Southeast Asia
PACS6928 Community Mediation: Theory and Practice

Semester 2
PACS6904 Dissertation Part 1
PACS6905 Dissertation Part 2
PACS6919 Treatise Part 1 (Master of Letters)
PACS6920 Treatise Part 2 (Master of Letters)
PACS6907 Gender, Development and Peace
PACS6917 Religion, War and Peace
PACS6927 Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding


Online units starting week 6
PACS6915 Human Rights, Peace and Justice
PACS6923 Human Right to Food
PACS6924 Democracy in the Developing World
PACS6925 Peace and the Global Compact

Cross-listed Elective Units of Study
Candidates for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies may undertake up to two electives from the list below or from relevant postgraduate programs offered by other departments, subject to the approval of the coordinator.

Possible cross-listed units include:

Semester 1
ARTS7000 Academic Communication for Postgraduates
DVST6901 Development: Critical Perspectives A
DVST6904 Rethinking Poverty
DVST6905 Development Project Evaluation
GOVT6119 International Security
SCLG6902 Doing Social Research
SCLG6913 Human Rights Internship A
SCLG6914 Human Rights Internship B

Semester 2
ARIS6904 Crisis of Democracy in the Islamic World
ARTS7000 Academic Communication for Postgraduates
CISS6006 Statebuilding and Fragile States
CISS6012 Civil-Military Relations
DVST6904 Rethinking Poverty
ECOP6130 Human Rights & International Development
GEOS5501 Human Rights and the Environment
GOVT6119 International Security
GOVT6220 The State, Secession and Civil War
SCLG6901 Citizenship Rights and Social Movements
SCLG6913 Human Rights Internship A
SCLG6914 Human Rights Internship B

Intensive - November
CISS6013 Middle East Conflict and Security

Summer or Winter School - please contact Summer School directly
CISS6014 Human Security
GOVT6314 Terrorism and International Security