Conflict Resolution

POL20011 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester/Teaching Period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22


50 Credit Points

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with an introduction to conflict resolution in international politics. It explores forms of violence in the international system at a number of levels, and considers the sources of conflicts as well as models of conflict resolution. Theoretical understandings of peace and conflict in global politics will be critically assessed via case studies, with a view to developing analytical skills that can be applied to both conceptual and empirical work.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of conflict;
• Describe the range of analytical models applied to the study of conflict and its resolution;
• Outline the complex dynamics of conflict situations;
• Demonstrate an understanding of trends and developments in conflict resolution;
• Critically assess conflict resolution methods, approaches and case studies, working independently and with others.