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Courses - Spring 2017
ISRL
Israel Studies
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. Credit will be granted for HONR338A or ISRL329D. 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.
ISRL329K
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Jewry of Muscle: Zionism and Jewish Masculinity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as JWST319K. Credit 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 filmic sources, we will analyze how these Zionist and Israeli cultural productions served to build (and sometimes undermine) this new model of Jewish masculinity.
ISRL329L
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Ethnicity in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Israeli society is a mosaic of ethnic groups and religions. This mosaic had originally been conceived of as a temporary stage on the road toward a 'functioning society', with common interests and vision. Yet, seven decades after the establishment of the State of Israel, the ethnic rifts remain evident in innumerable contexts. This course will examine the different groups as well as looking at policy approaches to the issue and how they have changed over time.
ISRL342
History of Modern Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Also offered as: HIST376.
Credit only granted for: HIST376, ISRL342, or JWST342.
Formerly: JWST342.
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.
Additional Note: Also offered as HIST376. Credit granted for ISRL342 or HIST376.
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.
ISRL349M
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Israeli Society through History, Sociology and Art
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as SOCY398I. Credit granted for ISRL349M or SOCY398I.

The prolonged conflict with the Palestinians and Araband states and Israeli occupation of the west bank for almost 50 years, had an impact on militarism, political life, centrality oft religious-secular relations, gender relations and the Israeli culture as a whole. We will examine the way art and cinema has dealt, with certain cultural issues and what sociology can contribute to our knowledge.
ISRL449B
Advanced Topics in Israel Studies; The Israeli Settler Movement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Also offered as ISRL449B. Credit granted for ISRL449B or HIST429G.

This class will explore the Israeli settler movement over the last four decades, from its position on the fringes of Israeli society in the 1970s and 1980s to its rise to prominence in Israeli politics today.