Course level

Postgraduate Coursework


Humanities and Social Sciences


Politic Sc & Internat Studies




One Semester

Class contact

2 Seminar hours

Recommended prerequisite

Recommended companion


Minimum of 10 enrolments

Assessment methods

Seminar participation, research essay.

Course coordinator

Dr Jodie Curth-Bibb

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

This course is not currently offered, please contact the school.

Course description

This course engages with key contemporary debates in the theory and practice of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and formation of peaceful political community. It investigates the challenges and questions generated through the interaction and enmeshment of top-down institutional approaches to peacebuilding with bottom-up informal modes of peace formation and governance in the local context. It explores the international/local and state/non-state interactions in peacebuilding, focusing on the notion of hybridity and concepts like 'hybrid forms of peace' and 'hybrid political orders'. The course begins by unpacking the conceptual framework and explores the theoretical arguments around statebuilding, hybrid political orders, hybrid peace and what is referred to as the `local turn'. In doing so we explore legal pluralism and hybrid approaches to policing and security. We then critically engage with these concepts - challenging the normative implications and considering the shortfalls of these arguments. Once the key concepts are bedded down we take a close look at what the `local' and hybridity means in practice through a series of guest lectures covering a range of case studies. Guest lecturers share stories as practitioners and field researchers from Indonesia, China, Indigenous Australia, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and Pacific Island Countries.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile