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Courses - Fall 2018
Israel Studies
The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: Fundamental Questions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Why are Palestinians and Israelis unable to resolve their conflict? Will they ever? Using insights and methodologies from a variety of disciplines and contrasting interpretations of history, this course will examine why the Palestinian-Israeli conflict continues, why it has become so central in world politics and how it connects with other global issues.
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Israel and the Arab Spring
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as GVPT309L. Credit granted for GVPT309L or ISRL329E. This course will explore and analyze the political, diplomatic, and strategic effects of the Arab Spring and its continuing after effects on the State of Israel, using that as a lens to study the contemporary Middle East. It starts with a preliminary study of Israel's foreign policy and then examines the effects of the Arab Spring on its domestic politics: relations with other regional actors, the Palestinians, and the United States; and Israel's strategy towards non-state actors such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and ISIS.
Special Topics in Israel Studies; The Israeli Settler Movement: The Road to One State?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST329G and JWST319N. Credit only granted for ISRL329G, HIST329G, or JWST319N.

An exploration of the Israeli settler movement in the West Bank and its rise to prominence in Israeli politics in the last two decades. We will also examine how the success of the settlers influences the prospects of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the merit of claims that Israel-Palestine is already under a "one-state" reality.
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Ethnic Relations in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as SOCY398O. Credit Only granted for ISRL329L or SOCY398O.

This course will examine the history and development of Israel's unique mosaic of ethnicities, including secular and religious, Mizrahim (Eastern) and Ashkenazi (Western) Jews, Christian and Muslim Palestinians, Russians, Ethiopians, and many more, including how they don't (and do) get along with each other. It will also examine various approaches to both studying and dealing with the issues that are raised by this amazing diversity.
Special Topics in Israel Studies; The United States and Israel: Likely or Unlikely Allies?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as GVPT368B and PLCY388N. Credit only granted for ISRL329N, GVPT368B, or PLCY388N.

This course examines the U.S. - Israel relationship through historical and thematic lenses. Stretching from the pre-state era through the post -Cold War alliance and the intensive U. S. role mediating Arab-Israeli peace, the course covers nearly a century of U. S. foreign policy. It will include domestic sources that have shaped U. S. policy, including public opinion, and conclude by examining scenarios for increased cooperation and managing tension in the relationship.
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; The Self and the "Other" in Israeli Culture: Literature, Film, and Television
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as CMLT398B, FILM329J, HEBR498Q and JWST319Q. Credit granted only for ISRL349Q, CMLT398B, FILM329J, HEBR498Q, or JWST319Q.

Modern Israel includes people of many different faiths, ethnicities, languages, and cultures, but Jews of European origin have generally dominated its political and cultural climate. Through literature and film, we will explore how the sense of the "self" is constructed and how the "other" is imagined in Israeli culture. "Others" include Palestinians, Sephardim, Mizrahim, non-Zionists, women, and Eastern Europeans who do not relinquish their ties to the past, as well as other individuals who resist the collective ideologies of a nation constructing itself.
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Beyond Black and White: Jews and Representations of Race
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as JWST319M. Credit granted for ISRL349Z or JWST319M.

An examination of Western constructions and representations of 'race' from medieval times to the modern rise of Zionism and the founding of Israel, with a focus on how Jews utilized the racial discourses of each period to negotiate their position within Western history.
Seminar in Israel Studies; The Israeli War Discourse
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as COMM498M. Credit only granted for ISRL448M or COMM498M.

This online course focuses on a unique discourse in Israel, 'war-normalizing discourse', a set of linguistic, discursive, and cultural devices that blur the anomalous characteristics of war by transforming war into a "normal" part of life. The course will examine the reciprocal relations between this discourse, Israeli culture and and society, and foreign policy.