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university of new england

Peace Studies

Summer Short Course

Armidale NSW

The UNE Experience stays with you for life

9-12 February 2009

Information correct at the time of printing.

CRICOS Provider No. 00003G Printed October 2008


Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of Summer Short Course in Nonviolent Social Change. The facilitators will be available to discuss how you can proceed to complete a further three short courses over two years to attain a Certificate of Peace Practice. We will also be able to discuss with you what options are available to study Peace Studies subjects at UNE, and progress towards a Bachelor, Master or Ph.Ddegree.



Dr Bert Jenkins, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Peace Studies, will assist at the course. Bert is a long-term social change and environmental advocate, with a special interest in Bougainville. He brings unique understandings of environmental conflict resolution processes to the course.

he course will be coordinated by Dr Marty Branagan, Honorary Associate at the Centre for Peace Studies at the University of New England. Marty is a long-term activist and artist, whose research interests include modern developments in non-violence, the role of the arts and humour in social change, and environmental activism.

Course dates and costs


It will cost $590 waged or $350 unwaged for the week (including all lectures, activities, films, and morning and afternoon teas). On-campus accommodation will be available at Mary White College, which is close to the academic area.

he course will run from Monday 9 February to Thursday 12 February 2009 at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW.


UNEConference Company

University of New England

Armidale NSW2351

Email: confco@une.edu.au

Phone: 02 6773 2154

Registration forms are downloadable from


Further information

Dr Marty Branagan

Email: marty.branagan@une.edu.au

Phone: 02 6771 4948) or

Dr Bert Jenkins

Email: bjenkins@une.edu.au

Phone: 02 6773 5120




UNE  (2008)

Introduction to Peace Studies PEAC100   Bert Jenkins (bjenkins@une.edu.au)

This unit commences by considering the meanings of conflict, violence and peace. Part II examines the nature and dimensions of conflict and violence in Australia. Part III looks at regional threats: the denial of human rights, conflict and the military. In Part IV, alternative means of dealing with threats to peace are examined at community, national and international levels.


Indigenous Social and Emotional Well Being PEAC106 (2009)   Bert Jenkins (bjenkins@une.edu.au)

This unit examines emotional and social well -being in Aboriginal Communities. It explores those forces, past and present, which have placed Aboriginal emotional and social well being at risk, as well at those which enhance individual, family and community well being. Case studies, cultural challenge and ethical dilemmas throughout the unit encourage students to explore attitudes, values and professional practice as well as engage in problem solving activities.


Constructing Aliens: Refugees in Contemporary Australia PEAC388    Helen Ware (hware@une.edu.au)

This unit focuses on the experiences of refugees in 21st century Australia. It considers the Australian Government's legal and political responsibilities and responses to refugees. It examines the causes and effects of fear-based attitudes recognising that the failure of multiculturalism to address these fears has enabled a return to the Fortress Australia mentality. Refugees as survivors of torture, trauma, war and loss are considered through the eyes of Australian professionals working with refugees. Refugee representations and contributions through oral history and the creative arts are explored.


The Philosophy and Practice of Nonviolence PEAC303/503   Bert Jenkins (bjenkins@une.edu.au)

The unit begins by examining non violence from a number of religious, philosophical and political perspectives. The wide range of alternative methods of non violence are then briefly examined. Using extensive case study material, the reasons for the success or failure of particular non violent campaigns are considered, along with ways of building peace.


Environmental Security PEAC304/504   Bert Jenkins (bjenkins@une.edu.au)

This unit allows students to undertake applied social analysis of changing social and environmental conditions in local communities. Case studies from around the world provide examples from post-conflict societies that are experiencing rapid social change. Issues include sustainable development, patterns of land use and conflicts over natural resources, experiences of social dislocation, environmental degradation and the resulting pressures on family, community life and culture. The unit provides students with the opportunity to critically analyse the practices and operations carried out by external agencies working with and for local communities and indigenous societies - including non-government organisations, government agencies and companies.


Building Peace in Post Conflict Situations PDPS351   Helen Ware (hware@une.edu.au)

This unit explores processes of peacekeeping, peacemaking and peace building in post conflict situations. It focuses on the main tasks of recovery and reconstruction and using detailed case studies from the Asia Pacific and Europe, explores best practice for creating a stable peace through community education and governmental intervention. Topics covered include: the role played by government and non-government organisations; decommissioning of weapons and demobilisation of combatants; economic and socio-cultural reconstruction; the rebuilding of the education and health sector and peace building at a community level.


Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes PEAC352/552   Helen Ware (hware@une.edu.au)

This unit explores processes of reconciliation and justice implemented in post-conflict situations. It examines legal and political mechanisms established to call to account atrocities and violations committed during conflict. It evaluates the role that war crimes tribunals, truth commissions and informal justice mechanisms play in the transition from conflict to peace. Case studies from South Africa, Rwanda and Yugoslavia are included. It also examines processes of reconciliation amongst deeply divided societies. It evaluates the effectiveness of reconciliation mechanisms in Australia, Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland.


States of Disarray: Social Effects of Globalisation PEAC373/473   Helen Ware (hware@une.edu.au)

This unit examines contemporary global issues from a social science perspective focusing on the context of globalisation and its influences on society. It relates global issues to the multiplicity of armed conflicts that occur inside and between states across the globe including in the Asia Pacific region among Australia's neighbours. The unit focuses on understanding empirical trends from a perspective which delivers a comprehension of global issues that affect societies involved in armed conflicts and attempting to improve international and local peace and security. The unit encompasses issues relating to globalisation, development, equitable global economic and political relations, social displacement, and global security. It also examines interventions in war-torn societies by the international community via multilateral routes involving the United Nations and its mandates or regional organizations, such as NATO and the African Union, as compared with direct bilateral interventions or ad hoc 'coalitions of the willing'.


Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution PEAC328/528   Bert Jenkins (bjenkins@une.edu.au)

The first part of the unit, peacemaking, has national and international focus and deals with roles of mediators and negotiators in conflict situations in areas such as Africa, the Middle East and Northern Ireland. As conflict resolution theorists propound that the principles of conflict resolution hold at both the macro and micro levels, the second part of the unit looks at interpersonal conflict resolution in the contexts of education, organisations and the community generally.


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