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    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 (PEAC 504) aims to introduce the theoretical, normative and practical underpinnings of the development and peacebuilding in conflict-affected societies. The course will offer students an opportunity to develop their critical views on a wide range of challenges facing contemporary practice of humanitarian aid, post-conflict reconstruction, and economic and social development. Moreover, it aims to critically review the features of Western approaches to peacebuilding and development, and explore indigenous alternatives to them. The cases reviewed in this paper will include the examples in Aotearoa, the Pacific Islands, and beyond.

    About this paper

    Paper title Development and Peacebuilding
    Subject Peace and Conflict Studies
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,223.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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. Liberal Peacebuilding and Its Alternatives
    3. Colonialism, Power and Empowerment
    4. International/Regional Agencies
    5. State Agencies
    6. Sub-state Agencies
    7. Humanitarian Intervention and Emergency Relief
    8. Rehabilitation and Security Peacebuilding
    9. Political Peacebuilding
    10. Socioeconomic Development
    11. The Resource Curse and Environment
    12. Conflict Transformation and the Reconstruction of a Society
    13. Social Reconciliation and Transitional Justice
    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via a three-hour seminar once per week.


    A range of 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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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