Also offered as JWST272 and CMLT242. Credit only granted for JWST272, CMLT242, or ISRL249G. A survey of Jewish literature and introduction to methods of reading literature in general and Jewish literature in particular. Concern with what makes a literary corpus Jewish and other issues of canonicity. All texts in English translation.
Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Gender and Sexuality in Israeli Cinema
Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as FILM298K, JWST219B, WMST298T, and LGBT298T. Credit only granted for ISRL249K, JWST219B, FILM298K, WMST298T, or LGBT298T.
This course will explore the different ways gender and sexuality have been represented in Israeli Cinema over time. We will examine notions of "manhood" and "womanhood" within the Israeli social context, as well as look at examples of outliers, exceptions, transgressors, and pariahs. We will investigate different types of representations of gender and sexuality, asking how they configure secular society, the Orthodox/ Haredi religious community, the LGBTQ community, the Arab/Palestinian communities, the Israeli soldier population, and more.
Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Israeli Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HEBR249E. Credit only granted for HEBR249E or ISRL249L. Prerequisite: HEBR207. Taught in Hebrew.
Focus on present-day and historical authentic materials such as media clips and articles, advertising, podcasts, and interviews that explain Israel's reputation as a leader in innovation and a "start-up nation." Students will produce oral and written business plans.
This is a CourseShare online course open to students from other BTAA campuses. Please contact the instructor, Dr. Avital Karpman, with any questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through Opposing Histories
Not open to students who have taken ISRL289I. Also offered as HIST329D. Credit granted for ISRL329D or HIST329D. Israelis and Palestinians have been fighting over the Land of Palestine/Israel for over a century, but both sides date their relationship to the Land back many centuries, even millenia. We will look at the history but especially the "narratives" that the two sides employ to explain and justify, both to themselves and others, their claims to the land, and how these narratives have both molded the shape of the conflict and been molded by it, and changed over time. This is not solely a history course, though it will cover the relevant history. It will focus on the importance of narratives to the continuation of the conflict, as well as elements relating to identity, religion, archaeology, morality, and human rights. No previous knowledge is expected, but those with such knowledge will find it useful.
History of Modern Israel
Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: HIST376.
Credit only granted for: HIST376 or ISRL342.
History of modern Israel since the beginning of the Zionist settlement in 1882. Attention to different interpretations and narratives of Israel's history, including the historical and ideological roots of Zionism, the establishment of the State of Israel, ideological forces, wars, and the triumphs and crises of democracy.
Credit only granted for: ISRL349K, GVPT368G, SOCY398G, SOCY398I, or ISRL343.
Over 70% of Israel's population is made of first, second or third generation immigrants, who came from over 70 countries, making Israel an ultimate immigrant society. This course will focus on the history of Israel as a case study for the understanding of the historical phenomena of modern immigration.
Also offered as SOCY398G.
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Theories of Nation Building: Israel as a Case Study
Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as SOCY398V. Credit only granted for ISRL349J or SOCY398V.
Since Israel was established in 1948, the education system has played a major role in developing the Israeli identity. We will examine dominant discourses and debates pertaining to Israeli culture identity, such as the centrality of the Holocaust, security issues, minorities, religious education, role of literature in national narrative, the role of politics in citizenship education and contemporary debates over History education.
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Beyond Black and White: Jews and Representations of Race
Also offered as JWST319M. Credit only 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; Introduction to Human Rights in Israel
Provides an overview of how the State of Israel deals with human rights of its citizens, and also non-citizens over which it has control. It will introduce Israel's legal system, human rights record, and its method s of dealing with human rights violations, including those impacting the Arab minority in Israel, women's rights, and those of the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.
Seminar in Israel Studies; The New Theater of Terror: Online Terrorism
Reg, P-F, Aud
This course examines the relationships between modern terrorists and the new media, how terrorists use the online platforms, how democracies can respond to the challenge, and what are the prices of various measures.
Also offered as BSST338Y. Credit granted for BSST338Y or ISRL448V.