UQLD:International Peacekeeping

Subject XNTS20035 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This is an oline subject taught through the University of Queensland.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Global Issues Program and timely enrolment at the University of Queensland before the quota is filled.
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: It is recommended that students have completed at least 25 points of Political Science or International Studies prior to taking this subject.
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


U21 International Programs Coordinator
Melbourne Global Mobility
Room 120, Level 1, Old Geology Building
Email: u21-gip@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 6104
Subject Overview:

This course considers the evolution of international peacekeeping, contemporary operations, and future challenges. It is divided into two parts. The first looks at the history and development of peacekeeping. It shows precisely how peacekeeping operations are put together, managed and directed and highlights many of the key dilemmas that confront contemporary peacekeepers. The second considers a range of contemporary dilemmas such as the use of force, post-conflict reconstruction, civil-military cooperation, and the role of warlords, mercenaries and private companies in contemporary war zones.


After successfully completing this course students should be able to:

* Explain the legal basis and institutional framework for international peacekeeping.
* Identify different types of peacekeeping operations according to the objectives and the tools employed.
* Discuss the origins and contemporary relevance of concepts such as consent, impartiality, and minimum use of force.
* Understand and critically assess the evolution of peacekeeping methods.
* Identify the main aspects of a complex emergency and understand the problems this presents for peacekeepers.
* Understand the nature of mission planning and preparing for contingencies.


Mission Briefing Report 1200 words due week 5 of semester (15%), 2500 word Research Essay due week 12 of semester (40%), 2 hour end of semester final examination (35%)

Prescribed Texts:

Alex J. Bellamy, Paul Williams and Stuart Griffin, Understanding Peacekeeping (Cambridge: Polity, 2004).

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.mobility.unimelb.edu.au/outgoing/u21/global-issues-program/

This subject is quota restricted and places are allocated as applications are received at the University of Queensland.

Related Course(s): U21 Certificate in Global Issues
U21 Diploma in Global Issues

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