Peace Studies

Studying Peace at UNE is about working with local communities in conflict-affected nations in constructive and participatory ways to make peace. We support the notion that individual experiences collectively shape and mould our future human existence in paving the way for peace in the midst of cultural, social and political difference. Just as a society on a war footing knows well the path to violence, so a community prepared for peace knows how to deal with conflict in a healthy and constructive manner without violence. Peace Studies at UNE offer the learner an opportunity to examine these issues in a multi-disciplinary setting, drawing upon the perspectives of a diverse range of fields and the knowledge and experience of many different modes of human experience.

Why Study Peace Studies at UNE?

Violence, inequality and instability abound in nations both in our region and around the globe. While many may argue that this is the current pattern with respect to intra-national conflict, much human endeavour is now devoted to peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and associated community development and reconstruction efforts, in preventing violent conflicts and rebuilding peace in societies where violence has caused pain and destruction.

The old adage, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, is especially true in efforts where peacemakers, peacekeepers and peacebuilders are well equipped with the skills and experience required to achieve successful outcomes with respect to setting the stage for a more durable peace to eventuate.Peace Studies at UNE offers rigorous and disciplined education as a key element of obtaining these ends.

A large part of Peace Studies involves examining alternative non-violent ways of resolving conflict, assisting communities to respond to change and rebuild. By learning and becoming aware of these alternative methods, skills, tactics and strategies, we can train ourselves to proactively respond to conflicts before they escalate unstoppably towards violence, thereby saving uncountable damage to individuals, families, communities and whole societies.

UNE Peace Studies Conference 2015

UNE Peace Studies Conference 2013

International Day of Peace

Every year, September 21st is observed as the International Day of Peace. The postgraduate students in UNE's Centre for Peace Studies created a video that shows what the right to peace means to the Peace Studies team. The video has been created solely by the students with limited resource and expertise. So, comments and suggestions are welcome for future improvements.

The Dirk Boomsma Peace Bursaries

A number of peace bursaries are available to cover HECS fees for domestic students or full fees for international students to study a Peace Studies unit. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or post-graduate degree at UNE. To apply, you need to submit one page in which you explain why you   want to study a peace studies unit/subject. Send any queries to Helen Ware Good Luck!

Undergraduate Courses

Advanced Diploma in Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of International Studies
Bachelor of Social Science

Units - Undergraduate Level

PEAC100 Introduction to Peace Studies
PEAC102 Environmental Peace
PEAC303 Active Resistance: Contemporary Nonviolence
PEAC304 Environmental Security and Peaceful Futures
PEAC328 Peacemaking
PEAC352 Building Peace in Post-Conflict Situations 
PEAC354 Post-conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes
PEAC373 Globalisation as if People and Ecosystems Matter
PEAC388 Constructing Aliens: Refugees in Contemporary Australia

Postgraduate Courses

Graduate Certificate in Arts
MA by Coursework
Master of Philosophy
PhD (on Peace related research topics)
Master of Environmental Advocacy

Units - Postgraduate Level

PEAC503 Active Resistance: Contemporary Nonviolence
PEAC504 Environmental Security and Peaceful Futures
PEAC528 Peacemaking 
PEAC552 Building Peace in Post-Conflict Situations
PEAC554 Post-conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes
PEAC555 Civil Military Relations
PEAC573 Globalisation as if People and Ecosystems Matter


Employers who support or sponsor their employees through one of the courses in which they can specialise in Peace Studies will gain immediate and long-term benefits. It will equip their employees with a strong combination of theoretical and practical skills. Both the employee and employer will gain from the benefits of:

  • A solid contemporary education, as well as training in the skills relevant to today's complex and changing world, equipping people to resolve conflict and prevent violence;
  • A more comprehensive understanding of community development and peacebuilding; and
  • A better appreciation of the requirements for working cooperatively in inter-cultural and international environments.

Courses in Peace Studies through UNE offer the opportunity for both employers and employees to become agents for positive social change. By providing employees with a robust and progressive set of skills for building peaceful communities, in sustainable ways, employers are making a valuable contribution to living amicably in a diverse society. Studies in Peace at UNE, offer organizations a means of constructing better relationships in the communities in which they operate.

Recent years have seen expanding Australian and international involvement in areas around the globe that are adversely affected by armed violence. There are tens of thousands of people deployed around the globe as either United Nation Peacekeepers or Peace Monitors, as non-government Humanitarian Workers supplying aid and relief, or engaging in longer term recovery and reconstruction projects with indigenous and international NGOs, or as International Observers, Diplomats or Government Representatives. This diverse array of interests is also reflected in our student base. We have seen a rise in the numbers of students who apply to study in the areas of peace and development, peace and security or peace studies because they are already working in the field or in an allied field or they are about to be sent out into the field to work in one of these roles. The Peace Studies courses offered through UNE help in informing practice via a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge. They offer students the opportunity to closely match their educational needs with the professional requirements of their target profession as members of a professional peace workforce.

There are growing areas of practice and research in the international arena of post conflict recovery and conflict management. Our current students range from - educators, military personnel, lawyers, social workers, community development workers, agriculturalists, natural resources managers, members of the clergy, activists and allied health professionals, all seeking an insight into understanding how to deal with direct, structural and cultural violence within societies affected by violent conflict. Some are working or wish to work as peacemakers, peacekeepers or peacebuilders involved in the development efforts of reconstruction.


For further information about Peace Studies please contact:

Dr Bert Jenkins, Phone: 02 6773 5120

Professor Helen Ware, Phone: 02 6773 2442

Dr Marty Branagan, Phone:  02 6773 3951

Dr Rebecca Spence