Bachelor of Arts

Conflict Resolution

New Zealand is acquiring an international reputation as a peace mediator. In 2012, NZ was rated as number two on the peace-index, and we have participated in numerous peacekeeping 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.

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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

145713   Writing
146734   Communicating
285104   Research and Analysis
287901   Co-operative Education
955203   Communication and Presentation Systems

Conflict Resolution papers

PSYC580 Introduction to Psychology A
285006   Introduction to Economics
285702   Introduction to Sociology
285706   New Zealand Political Studies
PHIL680  Applied Ethics
286106   Principles of Conflict Resolution
POLS681 War and Peace
287003   Multicultural Communities

287005   Understanding Restorative Justice

287203   International Relations

CONF780 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

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.


Eve Cahill.

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 >>

Last updated: 24-Feb-2015 11.11am

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