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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Across the world today, a diverse range of states are undergoing complex and often violent processes of transition. From states emerging from civil wars in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, to those that the Arab Spring swept through in 2011-2013, the international community has been faced with the difficult task of supporting these transitions through state building, peace building, and development. This subject explores the way the international community engages in these deeply contested processes of social and political change, the dominant approaches taken, and their effectiveness in supporting states to transition out of oppressive regimes or civil wars. It uses a series of in-depth case-studies to explore different aspects of transitions and the challenges they entail. It encourages students to consider states in transition in the context of local, national, regional and international politics and processes, and the interaction between them.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesPolicy brief, research essay, class presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HUSS Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree or through subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsPOL5QAQ

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Quota Management StrategyN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Students will have mastery of the theoretical knowledge concerning peacebuilding in transitional states.
02. Students will have extensive knowledge of recent developments and professional practice in the field of peacebuilding, state building, and international responses to states in transition.
03. Students will used their advanced conceptual knowledge and research skills to critically examine case studies of transition in states emerging from civil war or regime change, in order to identify and provide policy recommendations that can be communicated to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
04. To understand the benefits of comparisons and case studies as a methodology in International Relations

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