Course Title: Peace-Building and Reconciliation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Peace-Building and Reconciliation

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2242

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2009

SOCU2242

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

SOCU2241

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr. Damian Grenfell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3462

Course Coordinator Email:damian.grenfell@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 15, Level 3.

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Peacebuilding is a major part of a broader discourse of ’transitional justice’, ’state-building’, ‘humanitarian intervention’ and ’post-conflict societies’.
Drawing upon by theoretical issues and case-studies in countries such as Timor-Leste, South Africa, Rwanda, Syria, Libya and Indonesia, this course evaluates different techniques used to re-build trust within and between communities and efforts to heal social divisions. Particular attention is given to questions about the application of Western-style governance and methods in societies with different political traditions and to the search for alternatives. Discourses of gender, justice and religion will also be examined across the course. The course will show many of the difficulties faced by those involved in ’peacebuilding’, and various methods and approaches will be discussed.

In this course you will develop your knowledge of contemporary approaches to peace-building and reconciliation. In addition to the enhancement of your research, analytical and evaluative capabilities, you will learn to diagnose post-conflict situations and, in recognition of the sources of insecurity in post-conflict contexts, plot future scenarios for effective action. You will learn how to initiate policy and programs to make meaningful contributions to the strengthening of traumatised and conflicting communities. You will also grasp the crucial importance of long-term planning in the elimination or minimisation of the risks of social relapse.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • critically analyse and evaluate key aspects of peacebuilding at a conceptual and practical level
  • assess a variety of peacebuilding methods appropriate to a range of circumstances and different forms of conflict
  • contextualise these methods and approaches in relation to a number of recent major conflicts from different sites around the world.
     



Overview of Learning Activities

The workshops will be activity based, including role-plays, scenarios, debates, and class presentations. Workshop activities will intersect with the course readings. You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures and workshops including role-plays, scenarios, debates, and class presentations. Workshop activities will intersect with the course readings.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomesAssessment may include group based presentations, reports and a formal essay.


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment