PEAC508 Creating Cultures of Peace

Updated: 15 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PEAC308
Notes None
Combined Units PEAC308 - Creating Cultures of Peace
Coordinator(s) Marty Branagan (
Unit Description

This unit examines the creation, through the arts, of societies which enjoy sustainable peace. It begins with a critique of the pervasive nature of militarism and violence embedded deep in the cultural fabric of many societies, influencing the films we watch, clothes we wear, games we play, and toys we buy our children. It critiques discrepancies in history education with regard to war and peace, and examines artistic and cultural processes, institutions and artefacts designed to create peace, such as peace museums, peace journalism, peace education, peace gardens, and resistance to violence through cultural means. We examine the efficacy of these attempts. Particular art-forms focussed on include film-making, fine arts, theatre and music.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Understanding Peace

ISBN: 9780415715706
Fox, M., Routledge 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Handbook on Building Cultures of Peace

ISBN: 9781441918666
De Rivera, J. (ed), Springer 2009

Note: An eBook version (ISBN: 9780387095752) is available through the Dixson Library.

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1: Essay 45% 2250
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Assessment 2: Essay 50% 2500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Assessment 3: Online Activity 5% 250
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. critically analyse the issues and theories surrounding cultural peace-building and present a clear, coherent and sustained argument and an independent exposition of knowledge and ideas;
  2. with expert judgement, independently research and critically analyse at an advanced level how culture, violence and peace intersect, and how these have been viewed differently over time;
  3. expertly evaluate and reflect on how they can apply a broad, coherent and advanced body of knowledge and skills relating to cultural peace-building;
  4. demonstrate advanced critical thinking and research skills, autonomy, creativity and initiative to plan and execute written reports; and
  5. cogently demonstrate and effectively communicate an advanced body of acquired knowledge and skills regarding the use of culture to resist violence and achieve peaceful social change.