Conflict Resolution Major - Bachelor of Arts

Study conflict resolution and learn to identify causes of conflict, and develop practical negotiation, mediation and facilitation skills.

Conflict resolution is an essential skill for many fields. Wherever there are people, companies or states, there are differences. Conflict resolution explores how to overcome these differences and reach a peaceful settlement at an interpersonal, community, organisational and international level.

You learn through case studies, role play scenarios and visits from guest speakers who share their views on current issues and approaches. Our passionate lecturers draw from international experiences and include best practice models.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

Courses cover multidisciplinary perspectives on conflict resolution and a wide range of examples including the Treaty of Waitangi. This major draws on the disciplines of psychology, political studies and sociology.

You identify causes of conflict (systemic, structural, inter-personal), explore different approaches to conflict resolution, develop a basic understanding of human rights, and gain practical skills of conflict negotiation, mediation and facilitation.

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Arts students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Academic Communication

Choose one of:

Culture and Society

Complete one course from each of the following clusters. Each cluster aligns with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Conflict Resolution courses

Level 5 courses

Choose two from:

Level 6 courses

Complete the following courses:

And choose one of:

Level 7 courses

Complete the following courses:

And choose one of:

Workplace experience

Workplace experience (Work Integrated Learning) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice.

Recent placements included:

  • Auckland Council
  • Aotearoa NZ Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust
  • Community Organisations
  • Human Rights Foundation
  • Family Focus Rotorua
  • National Foundation for the Deaf
  • Paul Diver Associates
  • Safer Aotearoa Family Violence Prevention Network
  • The Fono
  • The Peace Foundation
  • Child, Youth and Family
  • Global Peace and Justice
  • International peace, justice organisations and bodies dedicated to conflict resolution
  • Lobby groups
  • Local councils
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • New Zealand Peace Foundation
  • New Zealand Police
  • Peace Movement Aotearoa
  • Political parties
  • Unions
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Conflict Resolution Careers

Key features
  • A unique, integrated approach to solving conflict
  • Wide-ranging conflict resolution skills, including negotiation, mediation and facilitation
  • Workplace experience in your final semester
See yourself as
  • A mediator and negotiator
  • A problem-solver
  • A communicator
  • Empathetic and calm
  • A team player
Aleka Timog
Angie Sun
Sarah Vercoe

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

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