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Core reading

 

This section provides a list of (mostly) open access materials that the lecturer could ask the students to read before taking a class based on this Module.

  • Foeman, Anita (2017). DNA tests, and sometimes surprising results. The New York Times, 20 April.  » This article explains that DNA reveals more commonalities among people than differences.
  • British Museum (2017). The Cyrus Cylinder.  » This short text gives background on the Cyrus Cylinder, the artefact which describes how Cyrus treated the Babylonians after his conquest of them, revealing a more tolerant approach than was normal in his time.
  • Mandela, Nelson. (1994) Long Walk to Freedom. New York: Little, Brown & Company. See especially pp. 50-55.  » This text is the biography of the South African political leader, Nelson Mandela.
  • Yousafzai, Malala (2013). I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. New York: Little Brown and Company. See especially pp. 183-190.  » This text is the biography of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani woman who fought for her right to be educated and was attacked for those beliefs.
  • Gandhi, Mohandas (1957). Gandhi, An Autobiography. My Experiments with the Truth. 1957. Boston: Beacon Press.  » This text is the autobiography of the Indian spiritual and political leader, Mohandas Gandhi. Lecturers can use the film version called Gandhi, and screen in class a short part (min 6 - 20).