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INTR12-215: Peace and War


This subject examines the causes, theories and conditions that give rise to peace and war. It also investigates the ‘grey zone’ in which there is neither peace nor war, exploring its characteristics and strategic profile.

Various perspectives, from the legal and ethical to the cultural and faith-based, are brought to bear on this fundamental problem underlying world order. How to bring about a positive peace, manage or resolve conflicts and engage in peacebuilding – not just peacekeeping – are questions which drive this subject and motivate student learning. Students debate various perspectives on the subject in class forums, and also engage in scenario construction methods in the service of peace and conflict resolution. 

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Understand and evaluate the different perspectives on peace and war
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the various methods and frameworks within which peace is sustained and conflict managed or resolved
3. Engage in debate and scenario construction exercises for exploring the paths to peace in particular contexts and regions
4. Understand the dynamics of peace and war within the International Relations system so that well-developed judgement and responsible assessments are made

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021