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Courses - Fall 2024
Israel Studies
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07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Start-up Nation? Tech Entrepreneurship in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ECON298I and BMGT298L. Credit only granted for ISRL249J, ECON298I, or BMGT298L.

This interdisciplinary course will explore the unique ecosystem that has contributed to the creation and success of the Israeli tech sector. The course addresses cultural, historical, and social factors and examines key moments and individuals in the country's startup landscape.Through case studies, guest lectures, and interactive projects, students will gain practical insights into entrepreneurship. The course also addresses the ethical considerations and social impacts of entrepreneurship in Israel, providing a well-rounded understanding of the complexities of starting a business in this dynamic environment.
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Israel: Politics and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GVPT368D. Credit only granted for ISRL329C or GVPT368D.

This course will address the main issues in Israeli politics and society by focusing on the role of Zionism in the Jewish state, the institutional foundations of Israeli democracy, the main political parties and blocs and their different ideological principles and visions, as well as the main social groups, movements, and institutions that comprise Israeli civil society.
History of Modern Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with 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.
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; The Right in Israel: A Historical Examination
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST328F and GVPT368I. Credit only granted for ISRL349D, HIST328F, or GVPT368I.

Israel has been moving towards the political Right during the last 30 years, as became obvious in its last election in November 2022. This course explores the history of that movement, beginning before Israel became a state, but focusing primarily on 1967 to the present. No previous knowledge of Israeli history required. Contact the instructor for more information.
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
Crosslisted 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.
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Environmental and Sustainable Development in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GVPT368K. Credit only granted for ISRL349Y or GVPT368K.

Relationships between the environment and different communities that share it, specifically in and around Israel, given the negative effects of climate change and environmental degradation throughout the Middle East. We will examine the ecological and environmental challenges Israel has faced over the years, the many innovative ways in which it has worked to overcome these challenges, and the tasks that still lie ahead. Finally, we will look at the nexus between sustainable development and sustainable peace within and between diverse communities.
Seminar in Israel Studies; Introduction to Human Rights in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GVPT368R. Credit only granted for ISRL448R or GVPT368R.

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 methods 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.