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SOC1001 Conflict and Peace

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022

Staffing

Examiner: Victor Igreja

Overview

This is the foundation course for the social justice major. Social justice aims to introduce students to non-violent social structures and how they transform traditional hierarchical structures, and to the importance of human rights and eco-sustainability in building a peaceful society.

This is the foundation course for the social justice major. It establishes the parameters of the field of Social Justice and begins by introducing students to the concepts of negative peace - the absence of war and civil strife - and positive peace which is founded upon a just society and global community. It will explore these concepts from the global to the personal and develop student skills in negotiation, non-violent resistance, empathy and conflict resolution. Social justice aims to introduce students to non-violent social structures and how they transform traditional hierarchical structures, and to the importance of human rights and eco-sustainability in building a peaceful society. This course will introduce students to key concepts in social justice from an international, national, local and personal perspective.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. recognise, define, and use the essential terminology of peace and conflict studies;
  2. analyse the causes of conflict;
  3. illustrate a deep understanding of nonviolence in theory and practice through selected case studies;
  4. make judgments about ways to achieve peaceful outcomes through negotiation, compromise or conflict resolution techniques;
  5. display an understanding of empathy with others;
  6. critically analyse rhetoric;
  7. appreciate the need for peace to incorporate both positive and negative forms.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Conflict resolution and management 25.00
2. Introduction to social justice: key concepts, negative and positive peace, causes of war and social conflict 15.00
3. Institutional peace: democratic peace, human rights, and self-determination and international order 30.00
4. Analysis of violence, conflict and peace: feminist understandings of violence, political economy and development, the environment 15.00
5. Peace as a way of life: nonviolence, peace movements 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Assessment
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Online forums No 20 1,2,3
Assignments Written Journal No 40 3,4,5
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 6,7
Date printed 30 June 2022