PEAC552 Building Peace in Post-Conflict Situations

Updated: 01 November 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL351 or GEPL451 or PDPS351 or PDPS451 or PEAC351 or PEAC352 or PEAC451 or PEAC452

Contribution to online discussion is encouraged.

Combined Units PEAC352 - Building Peace in Post-Conflict Situations
Coordinator(s) Rebecca Spence (
Unit Description

This unit explores the distinctions between the processes of peacekeeping, peacemaking and peace building in conflict situations. It focuses on the main tasks in recovery and reconstruction using detailed case studies from Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Europe. It explores best practice for creating a stable peace through community development and governmental intervention. Topics include: the role played by government and NGOs; decommissioning of weapons and demobilisation of combatants; economic and socio-cultural reconstruction; the rebuilding of the education and health sectors, gender issues and peace building at a community level. Controversial aspects of the 'liberal peace' ideal are also examined.

Prescribed Material


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

International Peacebuilding: An Introduction

ISBN: 9781138929098
Ozerdem, A. and Lee, S.Y., Routledge 2015

Text refers to: Trimester 1, 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 50% 2750
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 2 50% 2750
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply an advanced body of knowledge of the issues surrounding recovery and reconstruction after armed conflict;
  2. analyse the theoretical and practical complexities of agreeing upon and sustaining peace and reconciliation processes;
  3. demonstrate expert and specialised judgement to complete an applied analysis of the processes needed by countries recovering from armed conflict;
  4. apply the case study method to critically analyse, compare and contrast peacebuilding processes;
  5. critically apply Gender Analysis to peacebuilding plans and programs; and
  6. employ independent and critical cognitive and creative skills to debate the appropriateness of the "Liberal Peace" model.