Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Patrick Kimunguyi


This Unit introduces students to the study of peace and security in international politics. Firstly, it introduces the traditional notions of security - war, deterrence, terrorism alongside non-military issues such as famine, crime, disasters, pandemics, environmental degradation, human rights abuses - and explains how these are threats to peace.

Secondly, it provides the conceptual framework for understanding conflict and peace. Causes of conflicts and ways of dealing with them are examined. Particular focus is put on efforts of the UN, and other intergovernmental organizations such as the EU, African Union, ASEAN; individual governments; and NGOs towards achieving peace.


By the end of their study of this subject, students will have gained:

  1. an appreciation of the various concepts for understanding peace and security in the contemporary world;
  2. knowledge of the root causes of conflicts;
  3. comprehension of the relationship between non-military security issues, conflicts and peace;
  4. an understanding of ways of resolving conflicts including the efforts of various actors - the UN, and other intergovernmental organizations such as the EU, AU, ASEAN; individual governments; and non-governmental organisations towards achieving peace;
  5. sufficient information and research skills to formulate and respond to essay questions;
  6. strong skills in critical oral and written assessment of the academic scholarship, including methods, assumptions and uses of evidence, and in organising and defending a verbal and written argument based upon those assessments;
  7. a capacity to reflect upon and make critical use of a range of resources including, where relevant, on-line materials.


Class participation: 15%
Oral presentation written up as short essay (500 words): 10%
Essay (2500 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours, 1500 words): 35%

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Asian studies
Australian studies
Behavioural studies
Chinese studies
Criminal justice
European and European Union studies
Film and television studies
Gender studies
Geography and environmental science (ARTS)
Human rights theory
Indonesian studies
International studies
Italian studies
Japanese studies
Jewish civilisation
Korean language and studies
Psychological studies
Public relations
Religion and theology
Social and community welfare
Spanish and Latin American studies
Sustainability, environment and society