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Courses - Fall 2020
Israel Studies
Zionism and Sexual Revolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: JWST219G.
Credit only granted for: ISRL249N or JWST219G.
Cross-listed with 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; TV Genres in Context: Israeli Serials and American TV
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with FILM359B. Credit granted for FILM359B or ISRL329B.

Over the past decade, the prominence of Israeli television series has skyrocketed, both within Israel and internationally. In the U.S., Israeli tv shows have become some of the most popular on Netflix (Fauda, Shtisel), HBO (Our Boys, In Treatment), Hulu (Prisoners of War, the basis of Showtime s Homeland), and even ABC, which recently adapted the Israeli show Beauty and the Baker and retitled it wait for it! The Baker and the Beauty. This course will examine through critical analysis recent Israeli television fiction series and ask two related, fundamental questions: 1) what do these shows reflect and teach us about current Israeli culture, society, and politics; and 2) what makes these shows so adaptable and popular outside the country, especially in America.
The Israeli Settler Movement: The Road to One State?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: HIST329G, JWST319N.
Credit only granted for: HIST329G, ISRL329G or JWST319N.
An exploration of the Israeli settler movement in the West Bank and its rise to prominence in Israeli politics in the last two decades. We will also examine how the success of the settlers influences the prospects of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the merit of claims that Israel-Palestine is already under a "one-state" reality.
Special Topics in Israel Studies; The United States and Israel: Likely or Unlikely Allies?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GVPT368B. Credit only granted for ISRL329N or GVPT368B.

An examination of 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, which covers nearly a century of U. S. foreign policy. It will include domestic sources that have shaped U. S. policy, including public opinion, and conclude by examining scenarios for increased cooperation and managing tension in the relationship.
Global Migration and the Israeli Case Study
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: SOCY398G.
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.
Seminar in Israel Studies; War and Peace in Israeli Discourse 1967-2020
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with COMM498M. Credit only granted for ISRL448M or COMM498M.

This course examines two oppositional discourses in Israel: 1) war discourse, which utilizes various discursive strategies, such as metaphors, lexical choices, and euphemisms, to routinize war; 2) peace discourse, which utilizes conciliatory speech acts, equivocation in diplomatic discourse, recognition discourses, and separation and engagement discourses. We will explore how war and peace discourses impact social consciousnessin Israel.