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Courses - Fall 2019
Israel Studies
Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Zionism and Sexual Revolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as JWST219G. Credit granted for ISRL249N or JWST219G.

In this course we will look at changes within European Jewish communities that influenced the development of particular fantasies about and representations of gender, love, and sex, and we will examine the ideological import of these ideas within the context of attempts to construct new forms of societies and relationships in Palestine and Israel.
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; The United States and Israel: Likely or Unlikely Allies?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as PLCY388N and GVPT368B. Credit only granted for ISRL329N, PLCY388N or GVPT368B.

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 the relationship, and is taught by a former American diplomat in Israel.
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.
Also offered as HIST376. Credit granted for ISRL342 or HIST376.
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.
Seminar in Israel Studies; History of Palestine in Modern Times
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST419I. Credit granted for ISRL448O or HIST419I.

This seminar explores the contested history of Palestine from the 18th century to 1948. We will explore some of the major historiographical debates pertaining to Ottoman Palestine until WWI, Zionist settlement and Arab resistance, the British mandate and the emergence of the State of Israel. Topics covered include the emergence and trajectories of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, Arab Jews, Palestine's economy, colonialism, religiosity and the politics of memory.