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 the only undergraduate set of academic programmes in Social Sciences that are holistic in their approach,e.g: covers the interpersonal, local/state and global/international levels of conflict resolution.
- Students learn through case studies and a close examination of contemporary conflicts. Guest speakers offer students a variety of perspectives on issues and approaches.
- Students will discover integrated, holistic approaches to solving conflict. This degree focuses on three societal levels: the global, the local and the personal.
- Lectures and tutorials draw from international experiences and include best practice models from Australia, Europe and North America.
Structure and content
The content for this major is drawn from psychology and political studies. There are also sociological, multicultural and multidisciplinary threads running throughout the papers. 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 multi-disciplinary perspectives in analysing and researching conflict and conflict resolution
- Draw upon multi-cultural perspectives in dealing with conflict, using examples such as the Treaty of Waitangi.
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
Throughout the three years of the BA, students take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare them for academic work and their working life.
For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.
285104 Research and Analysis
287901 Cooperative Education
955203 Communication and Presentation Systems
Conflict Resolution papers
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