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PEAC506 Special Topic: Peace Traditions of Aotearoa New Zealand

Analysis of the history of peace traditions in Aotearoa New Zealand within the context of theories of peace and conflict studies.

While Aotearoa New Zealand has a reputation as a peaceful country and is always near the top of the Global Peace Index, there is relatively little known about its many peace traditions. There are no papers taught anywhere in the world on this topic, so it is important that the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies offers this unique paper as part of its Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies. This topic also has relevance for a number of other disciplines, including politics, sociology, theology, cultural studies, international relations, criminology, education and communications.  This paper will be the first academic course to be offered to generations of New Zealanders who have not been exposed to this content, as well as to international students who will be curious about this aspect of New Zealand culture.  It will provide an opportunity to learn about how the peace traditions in Aotearoa New Zealand have evolved.

Paper title Special Topic: Peace Traditions of Aotearoa New Zealand
Paper code PEAC506
Subject Peace and Conflict Studies
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,162.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to

This paper is open to students who have an undergraduate degree.

Teaching staff

Dr Heather Devere

Paper Structure

Week 1

  • Seminar 1:  Introduction
  • Seminar 2:  Non-violent Resistance, Moriori, Waitaha and Parihaka

Week 2

  • Seminar 3:  Conflict Transformation
  • Seminar 4: Parihaka and the Deed of Reconciliation

Week 3

  • Seminar 5:  Restorative Justice and the Waitangi Tribunal
  • Seminar 6:  Conflict Provention and Peace Education

Week 4

  • Seminar 7:  Anti-war and Anti-nuclear Movements
  • Seminar 8: Peacekeeping and the Pacific

Week 5

  • Seminars 9 and 10:  Group Seminar Presentations

Week 6

  • Seminar 11:  Review, Reflection and Evaluation

There is no set textbook, but there will be recommended readings for each lecture session.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Peace Traditions of Aotearoa New Zealand is an advanced paper in the field of peace and conflict studies.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of and an ability to articulate the complexities of defining the concepts relevant to peace and conflict and the relationship to violence and non-violence.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the historical trajectory of communities that follow a peace kaupapa.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the inter-relationship between Pākehā and Māori cultures in their application of peace teachings.
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide a sophisticated analysis of different peace traditions within theories of peace and conflict.
  • Be capable of presenting the complexities of the issues involved to an advanced standard through both written and oral communication.
  • Critically assess New Zealand as a model for peace.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system