Course Title: Intercultural Conflict Resolution

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Intercultural Conflict Resolution

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Julian Lee

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Culture and cultural difference are often regarded as an important contributors to conflict, and as an impediment to international cooperation. In this course you will examine the role of culture in conflict through case studies as well as through theory relating to culture and to conflict. You will critically examine the concept of culture and debates surrounding the definition of culture, as well as considering the ways in which culture and cultural difference have been posited as causes of or contributors to conflict. In addition to its role in conflict, you will also examine the ways in which peacebuilding efforts have sought to draw on or address issues of culture to facilitate conflict reduction and resolution.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes  

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems.
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks.
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles.
  • Assist in the identification of needs, the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in international and cross-cultural settings. 

Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Develop a nuanced understanding of conflict.
  2. Appreciate the ways in which intercultural conflict can be managed
  3. Utilise a theoretical and practical framework to understand and address intercultural conflict
  4. Analyse the contextual and historical causes of intercultural conflict 

Overview of Learning Activities

A range of learning experiences are planned for this course, including lectures, group problem-solving exercises and group debates. A structured tutorial program is also provided to give students the opportunity to explore intercultural conflict issues in greater depth through active participation in small discussion groups.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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 outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Professional report (1,900 Words), 45%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4

Assessment Task 2: Presentation (1,200 words), 25%, CLO2 and CLO3

Assessment Task 3 : Article review (900 words), 30% ,CLO1 and CLO2

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.