HRM540 Theory of Conflict Resolution (8)

The subject proceeds from multidisciplinary foundations and definitions of peace and conflict to examine conflict resolution theory. The subject covers the role of language in communication of interests and conflict prevention; cognitive and practical obstacles to peace making and conflict resolution; and the application of peace-making and peace building principles and problem solving techniques at personal, organisational, national and international levels.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRM540. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise and differentiate the main theories of conflict, its causes, prevention and resolution;
  • be able to appraise the main historical and current applications of peacemaking techniques and their relation to conflict resolution;
  • be able to explain the interdisciplinary foundations of conflict theory and conflict resolution;
  • be able to analyse how cultural approaches and differences affect conflict resolution, and apply an understanding of these issues to provide solutions to complex problems in dispute resolution;
  • be able to critically analyse and evaluate the ethical issues in conflict resolution including injustice, violence, just war theory, denial of cultural diversity and cultural recognition.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Peace and conflict: the meaning of these concepts;
  • Conflict resolution: some preliminary assumptions;
  • Language and logic in conflict creation and conflict resolution;
  • Foundations of conflict resolution theory;
  • Ethics and the exceptions to non-violence;
  • Theories of conflict and conflict resolution;
  • The psychology of conflict and conflict resolution;
  • Power, law and conflict;
  • Human needs, conflict and conflict resolution;
  • Communication, language and conflict resolution;
  • Conflict of values and ideologies;
  • Cultural conflicts.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HRM540 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short critical essay
Critical essay
Forum contributions
Case study

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.