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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Fania Oz-Salzberger


Previously coded HSY4390


How is the Arab-Israeli conflict interpreted? Can there be a master narrative or a number of legitimate competing interpretations? This unit will explore how the Arab-Israeli conflict has been interpreted, represented, and debated by historians at various crucial junctures. It will focus on the study of the narratives of the conflict from the dominant Labour and Revisionist Zionist interpretations to the emergence of counter-narratives informed by Palestinian and post-Zionist perspectives. The constructions of historical accounts of the conflict and the paradigms that shape the use of evidence, narrative structure and content will be examined.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. An understanding of historiographical approaches to the Arab-Israeli conflict
  2. Critical skills in interpreting historical writings from differing perspectives
  3. An understanding of argumentation in historical writing
  4. The capacity to conduct research using archival material and electronic databases.
  5. In addition, students undertaking this unit at fifth-year level will be expected to have the ability to propose original research questions and conduct independent research.


Written work: 90%
Class participation: 10%

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week


APG4292 and APG5292