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PEAC503 Conflict Resolution Practice

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An in-depth and contemporary introduction to conflict resolution practice, combining theory, practice and intervention design.

PEAC 503 is an advanced, applied paper in the field of conflict resolution. Starting with a review of Aotearoa New Zealand peace traditions, it examines different models of conflict prevention, management, resolution and transformation. It will involve an analysis of best-practice principles and methods and concrete experience in intervention design and practice of conflict resolution skill. Students will be given a range of insights into and experiences of responding to different types of conflict, as well as being able to critique the different models of conflict resolution.

This paper is based on 3-hour weekly seminar and practice sessions, which will provide opportunities for students to examine the diverse ways in which conflicts can be prevented, managed, resolved and transformed. Teaching and learning will involve a combination of lecture, seminar and practice. Students will work both individually and in teams and will be given hands-on practice skills in such areas as conflict analysis, facilitation, mediation and designing intervention strategies. The paper will help practitioners deal with difficult people and difficult problems in different environments and understand both indigenous and Western methods used to resolve conflict.

Paper title Conflict Resolution Practice
Paper code PEAC503
Subject Peace and Conflict Studies
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,105.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PEAC 403
Limited to
Teaching staff

Dr Katerina Standish

Paper Structure
Weekly Schedule:
Part One: Peaceful Traditions of Aotearoa
  1. Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Bohm dialogue practice
  2. Moriori, Rekohu and Feathers of Peace; Parihaka Passive Resistance
  3. Peace movement, anti-nuclear legislation and peace education
Part Two: Models of Conflict Resolution
  1. Adjudication and Arbitration
  2. Mediation and Negotiation
  3. Conflict Prevention and Transformation
  4. Mediation Practice on Current Local Conflict
  5. Nuremberg Trials and South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  6. Waitangi Tribunal and Indigenous Conflict Resolution
Part Three: Armed Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  1. Group Seminar Presentations on Current Armed Conflict and Models of Resolution
  2. Group Seminar Presentations on Current Armed Conflict and Models of Resolution
  3. Group Seminar Presentations on Current Armed Conflict and Models of Resolution
  4. Review, Reflection and Evaluation
There is no set textbook, but recommended readings are provided for each lecture.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete PEAC 503 will be able to

  • Demonstrate understanding of and an ability to articulate the complexities of creating and maintaining peaceful societies
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide advanced analysis of the causes of conflict in diverse societies
  • Demonstrate practical skills in facilitation, mediation and designing intervention strategies
  • Demonstrate advanced critical-thinking skills in the analysis of different models of conflict prevention, management, resolution and transformation
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of and ability to articulate the interrelation between the theory and practice of conflict resolution
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide a sophisticated analysis of both Western and indigenous models of conflict resolution

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system