Area of Study 2 - Creating and Presenting

The most important thing to remember about this Area of study is that it is NOT a text study. It is a study of a central theme or idea - in our case Encountering Conflict - and we provide you with two texts to get you thinking. These are The rugmaker of Mazar e Sharif and Paradise Road Your job is to think deeply and widely about this central idea of 'encountering conflict' and include texts beyond those we give you. These pages will hopefully help you to do that. Included are references to previous texts used such as 'The Crucible' and 'Omagh'.

Podcast Introduction:

Two teachers discuss what this area of study is about, how they taught it and how their approach to it has changed. Take notes while you listen and look for some of the key words used that will build your vocabulary and understanding. The podcast is here. You can of course download it to your itunes and listen to it on your ipod :)

Podcast focusing on introducing Encountering Conflict as the selected Context.

The original four texts including 'The Crucible' are mentioned. What i found particularly interesting with this is some of the vocabulary used in the analysis of the nature and presentation of encountering conflict in the texts. The podcast is here. You can of course download it to your itunes and listen to it on your ipod :)

Consider this: Omagh - 'immersed in a schizoid society that has a broad swath of normalcy about it. Behind this facade is a vile, dark and crazily twisted alter-ego that can argue that killing innocents is legitimate or that murderers need to go unpunished because that's the path to peace.
Conflict is encountered by 'osmosis' - what does that mean?
In reference to The Crucible: '...conflict warps and twists people's beliefs until they emerge as foul perversions of the intended community.'

Compassion as a Catalyst for Change - Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Encountering Conflict means....... at


Please also contribute here

  1. Find examples of prominent Australians who came to Australia as refugees and discuss their contributions to the Australian and international communities. Examples of people to research include:
    • Tuong Quang Luu (Head of SBS Radio)
    • Sir Gustav Nossel (scientist)
    • Judy Cassab (artist)
    • Caroline Tran (JJJ presenter)
    • Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (scientist, author, broadcaster, educator)
    • Judit Korner (businesswomen)
    • Jardin Truong (businessman)
    • Frank Lowy (businessman)

Links to resources on the context and the task are below;

The Story of Fatima

Range of resources on asylum seekers at multicultural Australia

Links to current background information on Afghanistan - TES connect

Human responses to conflict - assertive, passive, aggressive. - uses film clips

Using Art and social media to speak up in china - Ted Video.

Link to photographstaken from whiteboard notes on topics etc

The Rugmaker of Mazar e Sharif


About expository writing

Some prompts to get you thinking

Article - personal blog post - about conflict amoung housemates. - This is an interesting read in terms of how people create and respond to conflict in every day life. Do you yell? Do you bite your tongue?

Conflict quotes

Images and quotes

Australian heroes - some of these people have been involved in conflicts and serve as examples of how people respond to conflict

Defining and understanding the context

Graphic images of conflict from recent times


Web Resources for conflict in general

Cartoon and resources on recent terror activities in Northern Ireland

Vocabulary Building

VCE ENGLISH - advice on writing better pieces

VCE Conflict blog at blog spot
Another VCE Conflict blog

Interactive maps of war

The Age VCE Study Guide

Writing advice

quotes on or about conflict

Animated cartoon on capitalism vs communism

VCE Encountering Conflict Blog by another teacher

The USA Equal Rights journey



September 11 and the War on Terror.

Understanding the 'War on Terror'. It is important you recognise how complex this event was if you wish to use it as an example - be sure you get it right. The USA did NOT immediately go into Iraq - that happened in 2003 not 2001. In fact the USA went into Afghanistan first. Read this for some insights on this war on terror to get a sense of the complexity of the responses to it from international communities including the USA. War on Terror - Global Issues

If you are keen please take a look at some of the other articles on this site which take up the questions of just how a war may be justified - or not.

For a detailed account of the Presidents response and hiw 'war council' decisions - to see why Afghanistan was the major concern see this page and scroll to Chapter 10.

You also need to note that there is a LOT of debate over the bombing - no different to what we saw with Omagh but on a much grander scale - so be careful conducting your own research - treat much of what you see as biased to one side or another. The above document is a government report - it has the moticve of justifying the US government response.

The Crucible pages
Omagh Pages