Bachelor of Arts - Conflict Resolution

Student Profile — Lisa Leech

Lisa Leech is studying a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in criminology and conflict resolution. In her third year she had the opportunity to join the Peace Foundation for her co-operative education paper and found the experience invaluable. At the end of her placement, the Peace Foundation offered her a job. Lisa is not alone - many AUT students are offered a job after proving themselves while completing a workplace experience.

At AUT 89% of students do workplace experience as a part of their degree. It's a great way to build confidence and connect with your chosen industry before you graduate.

New Zealand is becoming known as a peace mediator. In 2014, New Zealand was rated as number four on the peace-index, and we have participated in many peacekeeping operations with the United Nations. In this major you explore conflict resolution at an interpersonal, community, organisational, state and global/international level.

This holistic and integrated approach will give you a solid base for a wide range of roles that include conflict resolution. You identify causes of conflict, and develop practical negotiation, mediation and facilitation skills.

Papers draw on multidisciplinary perspectives to conflict and conflict resolution, and include a range of examples including the Treaty of Waitangi. You learn through case studies and a close examination of contemporary conflicts.

Our passionate lecturers draw from international experiences and include best practice models. We often invite guest speakers who share their views on a range of current issues and approaches.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist within organisations such as:

  • Child, Youth and Family
  • Global Peace and Justice
  • International peace, justice organisations and bodies
  • dedicated to conflict resolution
  • Lobby groups
  • Local councils
  • Ministry of Justice's Crime Prevention Unit
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • New Zealand Peace Foundation
  • New Zealand Police
  • Peace Movement Aotearoa
  • Political parties
  • Unions.

Structure and content

The content for this major is drawn from the disciplines of psychology, political studies and sociology.

The goal of the Conflict Resolution major is to:

  • Identify causes of conflict (systemic, structural, inter-personal)
  • Provide understanding of different approaches to conflict resolution
  • Provide practical skills of conflict negotiation, mediation and facilitation
  • Draw upon multidisciplinary perspectives in analysing and researching conflict and conflict resolution
  • Draw upon multicultural perspectives in dealing with conflict, using examples such as the Treaty of Waitangi.

For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.

Aspects covered in the major:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Basic skills of negotiation and mediation
  • Conflict analysis skills
  • Knowledge of human rights.
  • Basic understanding of different interventions

Core papers
COMM510 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes or COMM570 Academic Communication
CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry or SOSC581 Research and Analysis
CLSY500 Culture and Society
146734 Communicating

Conflict Resolution papers
PSYC580 Introduction to Psychology A
ECON580 Introduction to Economics
POLS580 New Zealand Political Studies
PHIL680 Applied Ethics
CONF680 Principles of Conflict Resolution
POLS681 War and Peace
SOSC780 Multicultural Communities
CRIM782 Understanding Restorative Justice
POLS781 International Relations
CONF780 Negotiation and Mediation
PSYC782 Research Project

Workplace experience

Some of the organisations where students have participated in work experience include:

  • Peace Foundation
  • Aotearoa NZ Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust
  • Human Rights Foundation
  • Community organisations

Last updated: 21-Sep-2016 4.36pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.