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PEAC504 Development and Peacebuilding

An introduction to the theoretical, ethical and political underpinnings of the development-peacebuilding-security nexus, and the challenges of post-colonial, post-conflict reconstruction, development and reconciliation.

Development and Peacebuilding introduces the theoretical, ethical and practical underpinnings of the development-peacebuilding-security nexus, and the challenges of post-colonial, post-conflict reconstruction, development and reconciliation. It is a course with a very practical focus and will be of value to practitioners as well as theorists. It's a course that aid, development and other agencies will recognise and it should equip students for careers in the development and peacebuilding sectors.

Paper title Development and Peacebuilding
Paper code PEAC504
Subject Peace and Conflict Studies
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,967.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,725.00

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PEAC 404
Limited to
Development and Peacebuilding is suitable for graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested in working in the Global South on aid, development and peacebuilding projects. It will also provide a solid theoretical grounding to the field for students who are more interested in theory and research.
Teaching staff
Dr SungYong Lee
Paper Structure
This paper is based on 3-hour weekly seminars, which will introduce students to development and peacebuilding in theory and in practice. The seminars will utilise a variety of teaching methods: lectures, films, debates, discussions and case studies.
Topics will include:
  1. Introduction: Development, Peacebuilding and Security nexus
  2. State Agencies of Peacebuilding
  3. International/Regional Agencies: International Aid
  4. Non-state Actors
  5. Liberal Models of Peacebuilding and Development
  6. Emergency Relief and Security Reconstruction
  7. Political Peacebuilding
  8. Democritisation and Peacebuilding
  9. Power and Empowerment in Peacebuilding
  10. Economic Development
  11. Poverty and the Resource Curse
  12. Justice and Human Rights in Post-war Society
  13. Hybrid peace, local ownership and beyond
Teaching Arrangements
A 3-hour seminar once per week.
A range of other readings will be set and made available prior to each class.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have knowledge of and insight into:
  • The theoretical, ethical and political underpinnings of Development and Peacebuilding
  • The key lines of contemporary debate on Peacebuilding and Development, which include:
    • The socio-cultural consequences of violent conflicts
    • The different roles of the actors at different levels in Peacebuilding
    • The contemporary debate on "The Liberal Peace" and its alternatives
    • Major challenges of contemporary conflict resolution and peacebuilding practice
  • Making theoretically informed and empirically based arguments
  • Argumentation, critical analysis, writing, collaboration and presentation

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41