The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores contemporary research into approaches to Peace Education including peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding. It explores the relationship of the Human Rights Conventions to Peace Education and the constructions of the knowledges, values and skills that underpin a peaceful school curriculum. It offers a critical examination of case studies where a peaceful pedagogy has been implemented for effective conflict resolution and contextualised peacebuilding. Pedagogical strategies to support a peacebuilding curriculum are generated.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop an understanding of theories and principles of Peace Education;

2. Identify key Human Rights Conventions and their significance for Peace Education;

3. Identify the knowledge, values and skills of peacebuilding in an educational context;

4. Critically examine case studies which exemplify approaches to peacebuilding through the curriculum; and

5. Develop contextualised curriculum employing peaceful pedagogy.


The following list indicates indicative course content: Educating for Peace through Human Rights

  • an historical overview of peace education
  • perspectives in peace education
  • developing the knowledges, values and skills of Human Rights

A Curriculum for Peaceful Learning

  • global developments in peaceful curricula
  • curriculum planning for peaceful learning
  • issues based curriculum development

A Pedagogy for Peaceful Learning

  • teaching the knowledges, values and skills of Human Rights
  • case Studies of peaceful pedagogy

Global Perspectives on Peace Curriculum

  • Resources for Peace Education

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Critical analysis of contextualised peacebuilding

Written Assignment: Human Rights Curriculum

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1