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 Centre for 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 organisations, universities, government departments and agencies.
Learn about Peace Journalism with CPACS 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 world's greatest religions.
CPACS 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. In 2007, these included two workshops run by CPACS colleagues and professional trainers Abe Quadan, Paul Clark, Christina Batchen and Wendy Lambourne.
As part of the theory-to-practice focus of the program, postgraduate students also have the opportunity to complete a unit of study that provides training in designing, organising and facilitating an interactive conflict resolution intervention.
For the first time in 2008, the Centre is offering a 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, and includes the option of study in London in July (Winter School).