Units of Study

Students undertaking postgraduate coursework degrees at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies have the opportunity to study with expert researchers and practitioners in areas including nonviolence, community mediation, human rights, the United Nations, faith-based peacebuilding, and the psychology of peace.

For more information on the units of study currently on offer, please see the table below (for details of session date and time for each unit, you can view the DPACS timetable).

Since not all units in the program are offered in every calendar year, you can also find out more about our full range of electives on the Units of Study section of this website.

PACS6902 - Reconciliation & Conflict Transformation

Winter Main, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Wendy Rose Lambourne


In this unit we explore the concepts of apology, forgiveness, reconciliation and justice as they apply to the transformation of conflicts and building of peace at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, community, national and international levels. Psychological, spiritual, structural and political dimensions of reconciliation mechanisms including truth commissions, victim-offender reconciliation and family group conferencing. Integral to this unit is a consideration of indigenous perspectives on reconciliation as a means of building peaceful relationships and societies. Case studies include South Africa, Bougainville, Rwanda and East Timor.


1x1200wd reflection exercise (20%), 1x3500wd essay (55%), class and role play participation (25%)


1x2-hr seminar/week or the equivalent intensive

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