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Courses - Spring 2019
ISRL
Israel Studies
ISRL249G
Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Introduction to Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
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.
ISRL249K
Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Gender and Sexuality in Israeli Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: 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.
ISRL249L
Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Israeli Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: 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: akarpman@umd.edu.
ISRL329A
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Israel's Arab Minority: Past, Present, Future
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An overview of the Arab minority in Israel, beginning with its roots before 1948 and the events that separated it from Palestinians elsewhere. We will examine Israeli Arabs' clashing identities and their political, social, cultural, and economic circumstances, including their legal status under Israeli law and the tension between them and Israel's self-definition as a "Jewish State." It will also cover recent events and attitudinal changes, as well as their connection with Palestinians in the West Bank & Gaza, and with the wider Arab world. Sources representing various different points of view will be used.
ISRL329D
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through Opposing Histories
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
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.
ISRL329M
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Mizrahi Identity in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST329Z and JWST319D. Credit only granted for HIST329Z, ISRL329M, or JWST319D.

It is impossible to understand Israeli society today without examining the Mizrahi experience. Despite the common misconception that most Israelis are of European origin, the fact of the matter is that Jews of Mizrahi origin, whose parents and grandparents immigrated to Israel from the Middle East and North Africa,represent a major part of the Israeli population. Moreover, Ashkenazi-Mizrahi relations continue to be a major source of tension in Israeli society and politics. This course brings to light narratives of Mizrahi identity in Israel and explores the trajectory of the Mizrahi struggle for equality through its various milestones: the 1959 Wadi Salib Revolt, the Black Panthers Movement in the 1970s, the emergence of the Israeli Sephardi-Orthodox party Shas, and the new wave of Mizrahi activism in the 21st century. Additionally, the course explores literature, film and television to uncover the way Mizrahi Jews narrate their story in Israel today.
ISRL342
History of Modern Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: 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.
ISRL343
Global Migration and the Israeli Case Study
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: ISRL349K, GVPT368G, SOCY398G, SOCY398I, or ISRL343.
Formerly: ISRL349K.
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.
ISRL349J
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Theories of Nation Building: Israel as a Case Study
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: 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.
ISRL349Z
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Beyond Black and White: Jews and Representations of Race
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
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.
ISRL448V
Seminar in Israel Studies; The New Theater of Terror: Online Terrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: 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.