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.

PACS6911 - Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Jake Lynch


This unit introduces students to theories of peace, conflict and violence. It demonstrates the interdisciplinary character of peace and conflict studies and the application of theories and methods across the spectrum of conflict types from intrapersonal and interpersonal, to community, inter-ethnic and international. Students gain an understanding of the nature of social conflict, causes of violence, and the meanings of peace, as well as conflict analysis and resolution and the means of achieving peace with justice in different conflict settings.


intensive delivery: class participation (10%), 1x1500wd personal learning journal (30%) and 1x3500wd essay (60%) OR full semester delivery: advocacy project 700 word equivalent (20%), 1x1000 word assignment (20%) and 1x3000 word essay (60%)


1x2hr seminar/week or equivalent intensive

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