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Encountering Conflict External Resources

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It is important to further your understanding of ‘Encountering Conflict’ with examples apart from the texts your school has chosen. Additional reading will enable you to develop a greater knowledge base, meaning you’ll possess a wider (and more creative) perspective for essay prompts. Area of Study 2, or ‘Writing in Context’ encourages students to use multiple resources in writing. This means you can use examples of encountering conflict from news, history, literature, personal experiences etc. There are no limits to what examples you can use in your Context essay. Below are some ideas to get you thinking about conflict outside VCE texts:

Australian media 

  1. Violence towards international students
  2. Internet censorship
  3. Urban Sprawl
  4. Australia’s population growth
  5. Aslyum Seekers
  6. Live animal exports
  7. Victorian Bushfires
  8. Kevin Rudd’s ‘Sorry’ speech
  9. Obesity
  10. Same sex marriage
  11. Cronulla riots

International media

  1. BP petrol spill
  2. ‘Wikileaks’
  3. Terrorism
  4. North Korea and Kim Jong-il
  5. North Korea and nuclear weapons
  6. Japanese whaling
  7. Climate change
  8. Genetic Engineering
  9. Occupation of Iraq
  10. Burma and Military Junta
  11. Economic recession
  12. Islamisation of Europe
  13. Palestine and Israeli

Global Issues is a great website addressing many of the current issues on a global scale.

Events in history

  1. The Holocaust
  2. The Soviet Union
  3. The Khmer Rouge
  4. The Stolen Generation
  5. The Apartheid
  6. America’s racial segregation
  7. World War I
  8. World War II
  9. The Cold War
  10. Cuban Missile Crisis
  11. Tiananmen square massacre
  12. 9/11
  13. The Atomic Bomb (Hiroshima and Nagasaki)
  14. Civil rights movement
  15. War of independence
  16. Women’s suffrage
  17. Russian revolution
  18. Great depression

These are only a few of the many, many conflicts that have occurred in history. Research further and see what other conflicts you can find.

People who have influenced the world

  1. Rosa Parks
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Martin Luther King
  4. Adolf Hitler
  5. Mikhail Gorbachev
  6. Sir Winston Churchhill
  7. Osama Bin Laden
  8. Barrack Obama
  9. Joseph Stalin
  10. Jiang Qing
  11. Benazir Bhutto

Remember that the people listed above are famous and have made their mark on the world. Explore individuals that may have influenced the world but are less recognized. Also consider people you know personally who may have influenced your world.

Quotes on conflict

  1. “The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.” – Dale Carnegie
  2. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
  3. “Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes.” – Lazarus Long
  4. “Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict — alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.” – Dorothy Thompson
  5. “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely” – Lord Acton
  6. “You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi
  7. “There are three ways of dealing with difference: domination, compromise, and integration. By domination only one side gets what it wants; by compromise neither side gets what it wants; by integration we find a way by which both sides may get what they wish.” – Mary Parker Follett
  8. “It is the minority that has stood in the vain of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world.” – John B. Gough
  9. “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” – Walter Lippmann

Quote World is an fantastic site with a variety of conflict quotes.

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