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Conflict & Development


MAAPD (Conflict & Development) program

The MAAPD (Conflict & Development) is a specialisation within the MAAPD. It aims to give students a critical understanding of the negative role that conflict can play in local development processes. It will provide the skills from applied anthropology and enable the graduate to be able to work in conflict situations and be able to assess the role of specific conflict situations in ongoing development work.

Graduates of the Master of Applied Anthropology & Participatory Development (MAAPD Conflict and Develoment) program will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • understand the role that local and international conflict can play in national and local development processes in the Pacific,
  • identify practical approaches to dealing with conflict in particular Pacific contexts including both State led (e.g.policing) and community led processes;
  • gain an understanding of trends and changes in development theory and practice as they apply to local development processes;
  • apply critical social inquiry and participatory processes to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development activities;
  • undertake social assessments and integrate social perspectives and participatory practices with other forms of technical expertise in development work;
  • advise on the development policy processes of NGOs, the private sector, government, and multilateral agencies to ensure the inclusion of local and community perspectives.

Who should do the MAAPD (Conflict and Development) program

The MAAPD (Conflict and Development) program is designed for those who have developed an interest in the application of anthropology's critical methods and styles to social issues in development.

It is designed for people working in government, non-government organisations, or as independent consultants, who wish to develop their expertise for working in conflict and development situations, by pursuing a professional program.

On completion of the program MAAPD (Conflict and Development) graduates will be better able to manage development projects in conflict or post conflict situations, including undertaking assessments and advising on the social impacts of proposed activities.

The MAAPD (Conflict and Development) program is taught by social scientists from specialist areas across the ANU. It draws on the regional and conceptual expertise that has contributed to the world-class reputation of ANU in anthropology and peace and conflict studies. The Program comprises four compulsory and two elective courses.

MAAPD (Conflict and Development) is currently available on-campus at either a full-time or part-time intensity - 2 semesters full time, 3 - 4 semesters part time. Some courses are available by distance-education. Any of the courses offered can be taken as Non Award Courses.

Updated:  5 November 2014/Responsible Officer:  MAAPD Convenors /Page Contact:  Program Coordinators