HUMN 3009 Alternatives to Violence

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101570

Coordinator Zulfan Tadjoeddin Opens in new window

Description The key tenet of this unit is the belief that there are superior alternatives to violence for peace building. Holistic development (including socio-cultural, political, economic, governance, etc.) provides the best and most constructive alternatives to violence. The unit examines different alternatives to violence within the broader context of peace and development studies. Students will be equipped with theoretical approaches to alternatives to violence and an ability to evaluate and apply those alternatives in social development contexts.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Restrictions Successful completion of 80 credit points or subject 101573 Human Rights, Peace and Development.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate key theoretical approaches to alternatives to violence, non-violence and social change
  2. Evaluate the logic and merit of different alternatives to violence and how those alternatives work
  3. Apply different alternatives to violence to social development issues

Subject Content

Violence, non-violence, conflict and development
Conflict management, resolution and transformation
Religion and ethnicity
Conflict, natural resources and the environment
On structural violence: Poverty, inequality, marginalization and exclusion
Alternatives to violence (1): Democracy and political development
Alternatives to violence (2): Socio-economic development
Alternatives to violence (3): Civil society and participation
Social change and conflict
Social movements or rebellion?
Non-violence in action


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online quizzes 4 attempts out of 6 quizzes 20 N Individual
Case Study Paper 1,500 words 50 N Individual
Assignment 1,000 words 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Penrith (Kingswood)


Subject Contact Zulfan Tadjoeddin Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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