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.

PACS6921 - Peace of Mind: The Psychology of Peace

Summer Late, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Annabel McGoldrick


This unit explores the contribution of psychology to understanding the causes of violence and promotion of peace. We examine psychological theories of individual and collective violence and apply them to conflict prevention and transformation. Students gain an appreciation of the psychology of trauma and healing, enmity and empathy, and nonviolence and reconciliation. Approaches to peacemaking and peacebuilding which address psychological needs and fears and focus on attaining 'peace of mind' are considered as strategies for attaining peace in the world.


1x1000wd equivalent oral presentation (15%) 1x1000wd written report (15%), 1x3000wd essay (60%), and class participation (10%)


26 hours of seminar

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