PEAC554 Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes

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Updated: 26 March 2020
Credit Points 6
Location 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 PDPS354 or PDPS454 or PEAC354 or PEAC454 or PEAC453

Contribution to online discussion is encouraged.

Combined Units PEAC354 - Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes
Coordinator(s) To be advised
Unit Description

This unit critically explores processes of reconciliation and justice associated with post-conflict situations. It evaluates the role that truth commissions, war crimes tribunals and informal justice mechanisms play in the transition from conflict to peace. It discusses the experiences of a number of countries which followed their own paths in the hope of finding a stable peace, including South Africa and Rwanda. It also examines processes of reconciliation amongst deeply divided societies. It evaluates the effectiveness of a variety of reconciliation mechanisms in situations such as the Asia-Pacific, Australia and Northern Ireland. Students are asked to critically analyse these historical processes and discuss and develop possibilities for application in contemporary conflicts.

Recommended Material


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

The Peacemaker's Paradox: Pursuing Justice in the Shadow of Conflict

ISBN: 9781138303430
Hayner, P., Routledge 1st ed. 2018

Note: An eBook is also available- New Text with a Justice Focus ISBN 9781351399203

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 40% 2500
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 2 60% 3000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. critically evaluate judicial, democratic, traditional and other mechanisms which address atrocities and human rights violations committed during conflicts;
  2. present a coherent and sustained argument relating to the various processes and practices involved in coping with the psychosocial trauma endured by communities in conflict;
  3. analyse and critically evaluate the effectiveness of current attempts at reconciliation in deeply divided societies;
  4. apply an advanced body of knowledge and skills to complete an applied analysis of the effectiveness of post-conflict truth, justice and reconciliation processes;
  5. apply expert judgement, autonomy, advanced knowledge and skills to complete a gender analysis of a reconciliation process; and
  6. evaluate and critically analyse the competing priorities for the various stakeholders in a post-conflict situation.