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INTS509 Global Peace and Conflict

Theoretical explanations for forms of organised violence and peace in the international system, and a critical introduction to post-conflict peace building and alternatives to the use of force and violence.

Global Peace and Conflict (INTS 509) is one of the core courses in the Master of International Studies. Its aim is to provide a graduate-level introduction to the main theoretical frameworks and approaches employed within the field of peace studies as they relate to contemporary violent conflicts. Specifically, the course explores theoretical explanations for peace and forms of armed conflict within the contemporary international system, and provides a critical analysis of conflict resolution theory and practice today, post-conflict peace building and alternatives to the use of force and violence.

Paper title Global Peace and Conflict
Paper code INTS509
Subject International Studies
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,047.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,209.25

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The course is taught by faculty from the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS).

Paper Structure
  • Week 1: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Week 2: Key Concepts and Conflict Analysis
  • Week 3: Identity and Violence
  • Week 4: Rationality, Economics and War
  • Week 5: Civil Resistance and Nonviolence
  • Week 6: Terrorism
  • Week 7: Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Intervention
  • Week 8: Negotiations and Dialogue (simulation)
  • Week 9: Peace Process and Third-party Mediation
  • Week 10: Post-conflict Reconstruction
  • Week 11: Transformative Peacebuilding
  • Week 12: Cultural and Religious Peacemaking
  • Week 13: Education, Peace and Conflict
The assessment for this paper is intended to gauge, as fairly as possible, the extent to which students have mastered the key concepts, content and skills stressed in the paper. The student's final grade will be based on completion of the following tasks:
  • Student Presentations 10%,
  • Reading Quiz 10%,
  • Review Essay 40%,
  • Research Essay 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Each 3-hour seminar is a combination of lecture, discussion and reflection.
There is no core text book for this paper. A range of readings will be drawn upon in class. Students are expected to have read the 3-5 set readings for each week and are encouraged to also read from the recommended readings list.
Students are also encouraged to relate the week's readings to current events. Readings for essays and assignments will be expected to go beyond the reading lists provided here. Students should be prepared to explain and critically analyse the key arguments of readings in the class.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will develop knowledge and skills on:
  • The main theories and approaches in the field of peace and conflict research.
  • The key lines of contemporary debate on peace and conflict.
  • Some of the key 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 Thursday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41