Conflict Resolution

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


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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

2024 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23

8 Jul 24 - 6 Oct 24

29 Oct 24

Last self enrolment:
21 Jul 24

2 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Aug 24


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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of conflict
2. Describe the range of analytical models applied to the study of conflict and its resolution
3. Outline the complex dynamics of conflict situations
4. Demonstrate an understanding of trends and developments in conflict resolution
5. Critically assess conflict resolution methods, approaches and case studies, working independently and with others