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Courses - Fall 2017
ISRL
Israel Studies
ISRL289I
The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: Fundamental Questions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
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.
ISRL329E
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Israel and the Arab Spring
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as GVPT309L. Credit granted for GVPT309L or ISRL329E. This course will explore and analyze the political, diplomatic, and strategic effects of the Arab Spring and its continuing after effects on the State of Israel, using that as a lens to study the contemporary Middle East. It starts with a preliminary study of Israel's foreign policy and then examines the effects of the Arab Spring on its domestic politics: relations with other regional actors, the Palestinians, and the United States; and Israel's strategy towards non-state actors such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and ISIS.
ISRL329F
Special Topics in Israel Studies; The History of Economic Policy in Palestine/Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ECON201. Also offered as ECON398J. Credit granted for ECON398J or ISRL329F. This course examines economic policy in Palestine/Israel from 1999 (under Ottoman rule) through the British Mandate (1922-48) until 1988, when the current neo-liberal economic policy began. It will examine how the governments and society dealt with issues such as growth versus equality (distributive justice); ideology versus praxis; local original policy versus imported policy; and politics versus academic economics - who decides and under what circumstances?
ISRL329J
Special Topics in Israel Studies; Representing the Holocaust
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as JWST346, ENGL332, and CMLT398J. Credit only granted for JWST346, ENGL332, CMLT389J, or ISRL329J.
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 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.
ISRL448M
Seminar in Israel Studies; The Israeli War Discourse
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended, (NOT required): Some knowledge of Israel or a previous Israel Studies course. Israel has survived and even flourished since its founding in 1948, despite being engaged in virtually continuous warfare. This online course focuses on the unique cultural and linguistic mechanisms that Israeli society has developed to transform war into a "normal" part of life. We will examine the connections between this 'war-normalizing discourse', Israeli culture and society, and foreign policy.
ISRL448T
Seminar in Israel Studies; 1967 and its Aftermath: How they Changed Israel and the Mideast
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as JWST429D and HIST428X. Credit granted for ISRL448T, JWST429D, or HIST428X. The Six Day/June War of 1967 helped set into motion a series of events that reverberate today. This seminar will examine the results of the war, focusing primarily on the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank, the ensuing radical transformation of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, and its impact on their daily lives. It will also examine Palestinian resistance to the Occupation, including the use of terror against civilians.