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What will I learn?

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 comprises of three fields: 1) structural inequality, social justice & human rights; 2) development and sustainability; 3) peace and humanitarian responses/actions.

Your career

Graduates of this degree find career opportunities in areas including:

Cultural tourism
Community work
Teaching (with further study)
International development agencies
Government agencies
Travel planning and tour directing

Which department am I in?

School of Social Sciences

CRICOS

041159D

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,240.00 (14,21,452) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

7 March 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

Western Sydney University

Parramatta South Campus,

Victoria Road,

RYDALMERE,

New South Wales,

2116, SYDNEY, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,240.00 (14,21,452) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

7 March 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

Penrith Campus

Second Avenue,

KINGSWOOD,

New South Wales,

2747, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate in or outside Australia; International Baccalaureate in Australia; New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), Level 3. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic version): 6.5 overall score, minimum 6.0 in each subtest; TOEFL internet-based score: Total score 82, Writing 21, Speaking 18, Reading 13, Listening 13; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 58 overall; No communication skills less than 50.

For international students

Students must have Successful completion of Year 12 or an equivalent qualification.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 overall score (min 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL internet-based score of 82: Writing 21, Speaking 18, Reading 13, Listening 13; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 58 overall; No communication skills less than 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Western Sydney University The College
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