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Explain psychological aspect in conflict resolution and terror management theory.

Assignment no. 1

For the first question choose 1 article that describes a historical/ intergroup conflict as it is written in the first question. For example Syrian conflict, with ISIS and other ideological and ethnic religious groups and describe it briefly and relate that to the second question asking to choose one theory which is listed below from the professor. In this case I choose the 4th one “ the terror management theory”- please make sure you relate the chosen current conflict with the chosen theory which is the terror management theory” you can chose another article to make a good conclusion or maybe to better explain what the paper is asking for. But important is that the article number 4 in this list is used and another academic article chosen from you which explains a conflict for the first question or the first part of the paper.

  1. Choose a historical/current intergroup conflict (between states, ideological/ethnic/religious groups, political camps….) and describe it briefly.


  1. Choose one theory from the list below that contributes to the understanding the mechanisms underlying the outbreak/maintenance of the chosen conflict. Describe the theory briefly, and explain how it contributes to our understating of the mechanisms underlying the chosen conflict.


Students are expected to account for the relevance of the chosen theory to the chosen conflict (matching a theory to the conflict should be theoretically justified and explained), to present a concise description of the conflict that focuses on facts relevant to the chosen theory, and to present a well thought-through application of the theory to the chosen conflict.



  • Please base your work on at least 2 references, at least one of which is not included in the reading list below.
  • Page limit: 2 pages (excluding references)
  • Due by midnight, May 1st (assignments should be uploaded on MOODLE, not by email!)
  • For queries and questions:
  • This assignment will account for 15% of the final grade



  1. Ethos of Conflict: Bar-Tal, D. (2000). From Intractable Conflict through Conflict Resolution to Reconciliation: Psychological Analysis. Political Psychology, 21, 351-365
  2. Social Identity Theory : Brown, R. (2000). Social identity theory: Past achievements, current problems and future challenges. European Journal of Social Psychology30(6), 745-778.
  3.  Sacred Values: Ginges, J. & Atran, S. (2013). Sacred values and cultural conflict. In Gelfand, M. J., Chiu, C.Y., & Hong, Y.Y. (Eds.), Advances in Culture and Psychology (Volume 4). New York: Oxford University Press.
  4. Terror Management Theory: Greenberg, J., & Arndt, J. (2011). Terror management theory. Handbook of theories of social psychology1, 398-415.
  5. Moral Foundations Theory: Haidt, J., & Graham, J. (2007). When morality opposes justice: Conservatives have moral intuitions that liberals may not recognize. Social Justice Research, 20, 98-116.
  6. Intergroup Emotions: Halperin, E., Sharvit, K., & Gross, J. J. (2011). Emotion and emotion regulation in intergroup conflict: An appraisal-based framework. Intergroup conflicts and their resolution: A social psychological perspective, 83-103.
  7. Realistic Group Conflict Theory: Jackson, J. W. (1993). Realistic group conflict theory: A review and evaluation of the theoretical and empirical literature. The Psychological Record, 43, 395-413.
  8. System Justification Theory: Jost, J. T., Banaji, M. R., & Nosek, B. A. (2004). A decade of system justification theory: Accumulated evidence of conscious and unconscious bolstering of the status quo. Political Psychology25(6), 881-919.
  9.  Social Dominance Theory: Pratto, F. & Stewart, A. L. (2011). Social Dominance Theory. The Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology
  10. Intergroup Threat Theory: Stephan, W. G., Ybarra, O., & Rios Morrison, K. (2009). Intergroup Threat Theory (pp. 43-59). In T. Nelson (Ed.), Handbook of Prejudice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates





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