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PEAC595 Practicum Project and Research Report

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

A 15,000 word research report (on peace and conflict issues) which synthesises their practicum learning experiences in New Zealand or overseas with appropriate practical and theoretical literature.

PEAC 595 Practicum and Research Project is an advanced applied research paper in the field of peace and conflict studies. It is for practice-oriented students in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies and will enable them to undertake a practicum and produce a research report that draws together peace and conflict studies theory with their practical experience.

PEAC 595 will provide students with a chance to negotiate a practicum placement, work in it for 100 hours, evaluate this experience in the light of the theoretical and practical literature and write an advanced research report on the experience. This paper will be of particular interest to those who wish to become practitioners and/or policy makers.

This paper requires a practical placement in a community-based or governmental organisation, either in New Zealand or overseas, that deals with conflict. Wherever possible, this paper will be developed with students working in practice teams. The paper aims to help students to recognise and develop professional, collaborative and interpersonal skills and to identify opportunities for resolution of conflict.

Paper title Practicum Project and Research Report
Paper code PEAC595
Subject Peace and Conflict Studies
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (21 February 2020 - 18 February 2021)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,094.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,418.50

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PEAC 480
Limited to
Suitable for postgraduate students.
Teaching staff
Dr Heather Devere
Paper Structure

The first semester is spent in preparation for the practicum, which is undertaken in the second semester. Students are expected to attend workshops at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS); practise project evaluation; research possible practicum placements; draw up learning objectives; negotiate to find a placement and placement supervisor; undertake risk assessment; and review ethical issues. Then, students spend a minimum of 100 hours working in a placement that they have negotiated themselves and submit a research report that evaluates the organisation and their role in it, with reference to peace and conflict theory.

The research report will be an academic and reflective analysis of the of students' own practice and the organisation with which they undertake their practicum. The research report shall be assessed by at least two examiners.

Workshop topics include:

  • Workshop 1: Introduction to Practicum and Research Project
  • Workshop 2: Introduction to Library Research (Central Library)
  • Workshop 3: Possible Placement and CV Writing
  • Workshop 4: Project Management: Planning and Evaluation
  • Workshop 5: Management of Field Research Project
  • Workshop 6: Possible Placement II and Learning Objectives
  • Workshop 7: Negotiation and Learning Contract
  • Workshop 8: Risk Assessment and Research Ethics
  • Workshop 9: Report Writing
Teaching Arrangements
The teaching will involve initial fortnightly workshops, followed by close professional mentoring and supervision when students are in their placements.
There is no set textbook, but this paper has several online and library e-reserve readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Demonstrate understanding of the complexities of maintaining and creating peaceful organisations
  • Demonstrate advanced critical-thinking skills in the analysis of organisations that deal with conflict
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of and an ability to articulate the interrelation between theory and practice in organisations that deal with conflict
  • Demonstrate professional and collaborative attitudes in relation to working in practice teams
  • Search and review up-to-date national and international literature in peace and conflict studies
  • Analyse data and write up, present and disseminate research

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1st Non standard period (21 February 2020 - 18 February 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 09:00-11:50 9-13, 19-22