Peace and Development Studies, Major

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0027

Previous CodeM1083.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

The Peace and Development Studies major is concerned with methods for promoting peace, human rights and sustainability. It involves a critical analysis of inequalities of power and opportunity that lead to international and local conflict, social dislocation and environmental degradation. Students will examine the structural causes of racist and gendered violence, environmental crises, forced migration, poverty, resource conflict, and inter-generational inequity. The inter-related network of solutions includes empowerment and self-determination, sustainable living, constructive development, peacemaking and peace building. These require understanding of the theories and method for identifying, measuring and resolving conflict and environmental degradation. The assumptions and failings of traditional development practice are critically assessed. Students will engage social theory within an interdisciplinary and applied framework, at local, national and international levels. The major is comprised of three fields: 1) structural inequality, social justice and human rights; 2) development and sustainability; 3) peace and humanitarian responses/actions.

Location

Campus Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal Dr Garry Stevens
Penrith Campus Internal Dr Garry Stevens

Recommended Sequence

 Qualification for this major requires the successful completion of 80 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
HUMN 1028 Human Rights, Peace and Development 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
HUMN 1015 Development and Sustainability 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 2032 Issues in World Development: Rich World, Poor World 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
HUMN 2037 Peace-Making and Peace-Building 10
CULT 3016 Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Autumn session
HUMN 3077 Sustainable Futures 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
HUMN 3009 Alternatives to Violence 10
HUMN 3063 Peace & Development Project 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points80