New Zealand is acquiring an international reputation as a peace actor. In 2011, NZ was rated as #2 on the peace-index and we have participated in numerous peace-keeping issues with the United Nations.
AUT University offers a uniquely holistic and integrated approach to solving conflict by investigating conflict resolution at interpersonal, community and organisational, state and global/international levels.
Students learn through case studies and a close examination of contemporary conflicts.
Guest speakers offer students a variety of perspectives on issues and approaches.
Lectures and tutorials draw from international experiences and include best practice models.
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
285104 Research and Analysis
287901 Co-operative Education
955203 Communication and Presentation Systems
Conflict Resolution papers
285001 Introduction to Psychology A
285006 Introduction to Economics
285702 Introduction to Sociology
285706 New Zealand Political Studies
286102 Applied Ethics
286106 Principles of Conflict Resolution
286201 War and Peace
287003 Multicultural Communities
287005 Understanding Restorative Justice
287203 International Relations
287205 Negotiation and Mediation
287300 Research Project
Organisations students have participated in work experience:
- Peace Foundation
- Aotearoa NZ Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust
- Human Rights Foundation
- Community organisations
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
Eve Cahill majored in both Conflict Resolution and Criminology and now works with the Department of Internal Affairs.
"I developed a greater understanding of the relationship between the two and how conflict resolution can challenge our current and dominant criminal justice system and our society's retributivist ways of thinking," says Eve. Read more about Eve's story >>