The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies will give you a critical understanding of the causes of conflict and violence, and the means of attaining peace, justice and human rights on a local and global scale. Informed by the latest research, this program focuses on developing the theoretical understanding and practical skills that can be applied to the increasingly diverse field of peace and conflict studies.
The course includes at least three core units of study, at least three core electives, and a capstone experience which can take the form of a dissertation, internship or advocacy project. As well as gaining a core body of knowledge in the field, you will also be able to choose electives from a range of disciplines including development studies, human rights, political economy, international relations, security studies, area studies or social science policy, theory and methods.
The program provides the opportunity to study with expert commentators and practitioners in nonviolence, community mediation, human rights, the United Nations, faith-based peacebuilding, and the psychology of peace.
Many units of study are offered in the evening or in intensive teaching mode, making it easier for students in Sydney to complete the course while working full time. A number of units are also taught online each semester. Students who live and work in other countries or states of Australia are able to complete the course via a combination of distance learning and intensive face‑to‑face teaching in Sydney.