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Courses - Spring 2022
ISRL
Israel Studies
ISRL249B
Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Written and Oral Storytelling in the Jewish Tradition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with TDPS258W and JWST219F. Credit only granted for ISRL249B, TDPS258W, or JWST219F.

This course will focus on the evolution of the role of the story-teller as a mediator between fiction and truth, with some emphasis on Jewish and Israeli literature. Students will read and analyze short stories in the first part of the course, and then create a workshop in which they will present their own.
ISRL329K
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Jewry of Muscle: Zionism and Jewish Masculinity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with JWST319K. Credit only granted for JWST319K or ISRL329K.

Part of the Zionist cultural project involved creating a new Jewish masculinity that would replace the diasporic "sissy Jew" with a strong, healthy new "Jewry of Muscle." Using literary and cinematic sources, we will analyze how these Zionist and Israeli cultural productions served to build (and sometimes undermine) this new model of Jewish masculinity.
ISRL329Q
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Political Psychology, Israel, and the Middle East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GVPT368P. Credit only granted for ISRL329Q or GVPT368P.

What is the role of perceptions and misperceptions in international politics? How do emotions impact policy making processes? Does social psychology matter when analyzing domestic politics or foreign policy? Political psychology is an interdisciplinary academic field dedicated tothe analysis of the nexus between psychological and political processes. This course will identify and employ multiple pertinent political psychology theories to account for Israeli domestic politics and foreign policy as well as other major political events throughout the Middle East.
ISRL329R
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Object Theatre and Peep Shows
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with TDPS458R. Credit only granted for TDPS458R or ISRL329R. Student must pay a $25 course fee.

This course will focus on the evolvement of the story-teller role as a mediator between fiction and truth, especially in the Jewish and Israeli literature. It will be divided into a theoretical part followed by a practical part. In the theoretical part we will read and analyze a short story per week. In the practical part we will identify various approaches, traditional and modern, to story-telling in which the students will practice presenting short stories.
ISRL329T
Special Topics in Israel Studies; The Politics of the Past: Contemporary Israel and the Study of Archaeology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listing with ANTH329T. Credit only granted for ISRL329T or ANTH329T.

Archaeology is not just the study of the past. It is a story of people long forgotten. Over the last 150 years, archaeology in Israel has gone from being a quest to determine the historical accuracy of the Bible to a mission to establish Israel s national identity and in the process, justify West Bank settlements, and support a multi-million-dollar industry in religious tourism. Archaeological discoveries in Israel make international news, but, at home, they are often celebrated as the ultimate proof of primacy in the land. Close attention to archaeological discoveries in light of present-day politics and culture provides an opportunity to think deeply about contemporary Israeli politics, identity, and society.
ISRL349E
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; The End of the Israeli-Arab Conflict??
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Violence between Jews/Israelis and Arabs/Palestinians on both an inter-communal and inter-state level has been pervasive in the Holy Land for over a century. In the past few years, Israel has signed new treaties with several Arab countries but also engaged in a short, bloody war with Hamas in Gaza and experienced violence between Arab and Jewish Israelis, indicating the conflict is by no means over. This course will examine the last 30 years to understand what has changed about the conflict and what remains, and then explore different scenarios as to how peace might (or might not) eventually come about.
ISRL349F
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; U.S. Foreign Policy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GVPT368A. Credit only granted for ISRL349F or GVPT368A.

Students who attended the course "The United States and Israel: Likely or Unlikely Allies?" (ISRL329N or GVPT368B) may not enroll in this course.

What are the U.S. interests in the Middle East? Who and what defines these interests, or how to pursue them diplomatically and militarily? The Arab/Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a defining feature of the modern Middle East and it unquestionably has a significant impact on U.S. domestic politics and international leadership. Given those realities, this course will examine how U.S. foreign and security affecting the Arab/Palestinian-Israeli conflict is made and how it shapes and determines the realities on the ground, as well as the prospects for its peaceful resolution.
ISRL349G
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Tzahal: The Israeli Military in State, Society, and its Middle Eastern Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GVPT368F. Credit only granted for ISRL349G or GVPT368F.

This course offers an introduction to general concepts of civil- military relations with a strong focus on the Israeli case. Situating Israel within the Middle East context, the course readings and class discussions will include comparative references to major regional players, such as Egypt, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Gulf States. The military is a salient feature of all Middle Eastern states; we will explore how Israel both resembles and differs from other states in the region regarding the role of its military and of civil-military relations.
ISRL448B
Seminar in Israel Studies; Media, Culture, and Society in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This is a Global Classrooms course, developed in partnership with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to provide virtual opportunities for global engagement. Global Classrooms can range from embedded experiences to immersive, project-based collaboration. Learn more about Global Classrooms: go.umd.edu/gc-umd.

This will be taught asynchronous with four synchronous sessions to be held in conjunction with the Ashkelon Academic University in Israel on the following dates: March 29, April 5, April 26, May 10. All session at 11:00am-12:15pm. Cross-listed with COMM498D. Credit only granted for ISRL448B or COMM498D.

This course acquaints students with the historical development of media in Israel, from its former monopolistic structure towards its current highly competitive, fragmented system. We will discuss issues unique to Israel's media environment, including the media's role in nation-building, collective memory, social integration, public diplomacy, and intercultural communication.