Peace Studies

Peace Studies examines non-violent ways of resolving conflict.  Peace workers prevent damage to individuals, families, communities and whole societies by responding to conflicts before they escalate towards violence. They work with local communities in conflict-affected nations in constructive and participatory ways. They assist communities to respond to change and rebuild.

Studying Peace Studies at UNE enables you to examine these issues in a multi-disciplinary setting.

Students who study Peace Studies at UNE are eligible for the Dirk Boomsma Memorial Peace Studies Bursaries

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
PEAC308 Creating Cultures of Peace
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
PEAC508 Creating Cultures of Peace
PEAC528 Peacemaking 
PEAC552 Building Peace in Post-Conflict Situations
PEAC554 Post-conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes
PEAC573 Globalisation as if People and Ecosystems Matter


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.

There are growing areas of practice and research in the international arena of post conflict recovery and conflict management. Australian and international involvement in areas adversely affected by armed violence is increasing. Tens of thousands of people are 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.

Some employers  support or sponsor their employees through a Peace Studies specialisation in one of our courses. 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.


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