UQLD:International Peacekeeping

Subject XNTS20035 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty contact hours per semester. 1 x two hour lecture and 1 x one hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

Students are expected to spend at least 10 hours each week on this course. This time can be divided roughly into four contact hours, which comprise a two-hour lecture and a further two hours engaging the key questions and interacting with students and teaching staff in the weekly blog. Other online learning and review activities may take shape throughout the semester as well. The remaining six non-contact hours should be spent carefully reading and critically reflecting upon the required chapters before the lecture, as well as reviewing previous class materials.


Admission into the D-GLOBISS Diploma in Global Issues.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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
Ground Floor, John Smyth Building
Email: alanajm@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 3849

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.


Weekly blog 20%, 1 x 1200 briefing paper or YouTube clip 15%, 1 x 2500 word written research essay 40% and take-home exam 25%.

Prescribed Texts:

A list of texts and readings will be provided at the start of the course.

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/outbound/u21/gip/

Transcripts are sent from the international partner university approximately six weeks after the completion date of the course, therefore students are advised not to take this subject in the final semester of their undergraduate program if they wish to graduate in the December ceremonies.

Student undertaking this subject must complete a cross-institutional study application form to be submitted to University of Queensland at least three weeks prior to the course start date.

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

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