Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In our increasingly globalised world, war, particularly within states, is a paramount challenge to international security, stability, and the realisation of human rights and development. Conflict resolution, through both official and non-official channels, has been used to respond to conflicts both between and within states, and the approaches to and methods of conflict resolution vary greatly in both their practice and outcomes. In this subject we examine how and when violent conflict occurs, using case studies from across Africa, the Middle East, Central& Eastern Europe and the Asia-Pacific. We explore the main approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding and how they function in the context of international law and international relations. Students will learn how to conduct a conflict assessment, and analyse the regional, international, economic and other dimensions of wars, as well as the effectiveness of the varied approaches to conflict resolution used in each case.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesTake home exam, research essay, group exercise and online exercises

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsPOL3IME

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Contemporary Conflict Resolution

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorRamsbotham, Woodhouse and Miall





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically analyse and report on the international political and security environment, with a sophisticated understanding of the way conflict manifests and is resolved at both a state and sub-state level.
02. Describe and analyse approaches to and processes of conflict resolution.
03. Develop complex and coherent arguments and analyses of the way conflict resolution functions in the context of international law and norms, the relationships between state and non-state actors, and other aspects of international relations.
04. Read, research and write critically on war, peace, and conflict resolution.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Class requirements

Block ModeWeek: 31 - 43
Six 7.50 h block mode other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
2 x 3 hour seminars will be held over the course of each day of teaching. Classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the 2 weeks of teaching.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2,000-word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Group exercise (equivalent to 600 words)

N/AOtherGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One take-home examination (equivalent to 1200 words)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Weekly online exercises

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4