ETHNIC AND CIVIL CONFLICT IN SOUTHERN EUROPE AND CYPRUS

EST2ECC

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students investigate civil wars motivated by ideological differences within a single culture or by identity conflicts over ethnicity, race, and religion within a multiethnic polity. We explore similarities and differences in the experiences of Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus with nation-building, social revolution, modernization, civil war, and reconciliation in the twentieth century. The response of the International community to civil conflict and ethnic tensions in these countries is examined together with the ways in which outside intervention has shaped the length and internal dynamics of the conflicts. We conclude with an assessment of the prospect for a lasting peace in Cyprus and of the challenges of justice, reconciliation, and economic reconstruction.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMaria Herodotou

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects EST3ECC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to enrolment numbers, staff and funding availability

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHostage to history: Cyprus from the Ottomans to KissingerRecommendedHitchens, C.VERSO 1997
ReadingsThe Spanish Civil WarRecommendedThomas, H.PENGUIN 2001
ReadingsThe origins of the Greek Civil WarRecommendedClose, D.LONGMAN 1995.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Collaborate in groups to determine how to synthesise a large volume of information and convert it into historical narrative.

Activities:
Group writing of the causes of a contentious event or series of events in a past.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Collaborate in groups to write both sides of an argument, especially with relation to cause and effect.

Activities:
Group writing of the causes of a contentious event or series of events in a past.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

03. Discuss the implications of studying other peoples' cultures and histories.

Activities:
Class discussions and online quizzes based on weekly tutorial readings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Speaking (Speaking)

04. Identify and reflect on the use of visual sources as historical sources, and using them in historical inquiry.

Activities:
Class discussions on visual documentary material (weekly) as sources for historical inquiry. Integrate (with guidance) visual materials in the study of a historical issue.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Identify and reflect on the ways in which technology has impacted on the way in which 'historical facts' are presented and received in the 21st century.

Activities:
Class discussions and online quizzes based on weekly tutorial readings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. Identify some ways historians use the present to shape their interpretations of the past. Discuss how this occurs in every culture, including our own.

Activities:
Group writing of the causes of a contentious event or series of events in a past.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

07. Investigate aspects of the historiography on a historical topic and frame a response.

Activities:
Class exercises based on tutorial readings and lectures, identifying cause and effect, ideological bias and methodologies.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

08. Present a short talk, guide discussion in tutorials, based on tutorial readings.

Activities:
Oral presentation (group) and leadership in discussion process.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)

09. Reflect on strengths and weaknesses of other historians' accounts when constructing their own historical account.

Activities:
Class discussions and online quizzes based on weekly tutorial readings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

10. Write essays about an aspect of the past, offering a sustained argument or narrative, using primary and secondary sources, appropriate referencing and including a bibliography.

Activities:
Two mid-length essays, one exam and tutorial exercises, with emphasis on developing an argument, based on primary and secondary sources, providing a bibliography.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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