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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation


Associate Professor Mark Baker and Dr Nathan Wolski


Not offered in 2016



This two week intensive unit begins with a workshop on conflict resolution at the Monash Prato campus in Italy. Students will travel for the remaining period to areas that have experienced conflict to observe first hand the complexities of peace-building and reconciliation. The course focuses on the Arab-Israel conflict and investigates current attempts to mediate peace between Jews and Palestinians, the impact of the conflict on the lives of people, poverty, settlements and security issues, terrorism and counter-terrorism, Jerusalem and its holy sites. In some years, the course will also travel to alternate sites of conflict, such as Northern Ireland or the former Yugoslavia.


Upon completion of this unit, students will be expected to have the ability to:

  1. Understand the geography of Israel and the Palestinian territories;
  2. Understand debates about security issues and the impact security measures have on the day-to-day life of people;
  3. Appreciate the social and political divisions that lead to violence and internecine conflict;
  4. Have an in-depth understanding of peace movements and the obstacles they confront;
  5. In addition, students studying at a fourth-year level will be expected to have the capacity to understand the changing historiographical debates about conflicting narratives and conflict resolution.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

  • Additional requirements
  • Field trip - This unit is taught intensively at Prato

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

20-hours per week for two weeks of intensive study

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study