What causes conflict and violence and how could they be transformed into peace with justice? How can we safeguard human rights and the environment? The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies prepares students to engage with these questions – from local to global – through its long-established postgraduate coursework and research programs. Graduates go on to enjoy challenging and rewarding careers with the UN, non-governmental and media organisations, government departments and agencies and universities.
The Department offers postgraduate coursework and research degrees to students from a wide variety of disciplinary and professional backgrounds who are seeking to pursue a career in peace and conflict studies or to enhance skills they have developed in the field with a solid theoretical grounding.
Students learn about Peace Journalism with DPACS Director Jake Lynch, a former presenter on BBC World TV news; reconciliation, transitional justice and the United Nations with Academic Coordinator, Dr Wendy Lambourne; Human Rights with Adjunct Professor Sev Ozdowski, Australia's former Human Rights Commissioner, and from expert contributors on everything from 'weapons of mass destruction' to the role of world religions in fostering peace.
DPACS prioritises teaching and training in practical conflict resolution skills and techniques. Workshops are run for students, members and the general public on developing skills in communications, relationship-building, facilitation, conflict resolution and mediation.
As part of the theory-to-practice focus of the program, postgraduate students also have the opportunity to complete units of study that provide hands-on training in skills including community mediation and the design and facilitation of interactive conflict resolution interventions.
Since 2008, the Department has also offered its postgraduate coursework program via a combination of distance learning and intensive face-to-face teaching, as well as full or part time study in Sydney. This creates the opportunity for mid-career professionals to obtain a world-renowned qualification without having to uproot home or work.