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.

PACS6934 - Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice

Summer Early, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Kevin Chia-kang Chang


International aid efforts operating in a conflict-affected context sometimes feed conflict rather than alleviate it. This unit of study is designed as a practical, skills-based intensive unit on conflict-sensitive approaches, nowadays a core operating principle among international peacebuilding, development and humanitarian organisations. Incorporating the latest and best international practices, including the groundbreaking 'Do No Harm' methodology, this unit is taught in a collaborative seminar format and is suitable for professionals or advanced postgraduate students wishing to engage in field-based work.


1000wd equivalent collaborative groupwork (20%) and 1000wd short assignment (20%) and 2500wd long assignment (50%) and seminar participation (10%)


Summer intensive comprising 6 days of seminars and practical sessions: 9:30 am-4:30 pm (total 36 hours)

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