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.

PACS6927 - Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding

Intensive September, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Wendy Rose Lambourne


Transitional justice is a rapidly emerging interdisciplinary field of study focussing on processes dealing with past human rights violations and the transition to a more peaceful and democratic state. This unit examines the evolution of transitional justice theory and practice, including truth commissions, trials and traditional practices, in such contexts as post-apartheid South Africa and post-genocide Cambodia and Rwanda. Issues discussed include the various types of justice, accountability, truth, reconciliation and reparations, and the challenges of balancing justice and peace.


class participation and role play (20%) and 1200wd reflection exercise (20%) and 3500wd essay (60%)


1x2-hr seminar/week or equivalent intensive

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