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

Winter Main, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Annabel McGoldrick


This unit explores the psychological dimensions of cultivating peace, by assisting individuals and communities to evolve emotional resilience and empathic capacities to minimise aggression, violence and war. For those already trapped in cycles of violence, we examine the psychological mechanisms of trauma, addiction and violence and how they can be transformed into healing and well-being.


1000wd equivalent oral presentation (20%) and 1000wd reflective journal (15%) and 3000wd essay (65%)


6-day intensive seminar or equivalent (35hrs total)

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