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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?
ISRL349Q
Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; The Self and the "Other" in Israeli Culture: Literature, Film, and Television
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as CMLT398B, HEBR498Q, and JWST319Q. Credit granted for CMLT398B, HEBR498Q, JWST319Q, or ISRL349Q.

Modern Israel includes people of many different faiths, ethnicities, languages, and cultures, but, Jews of European origin have generally dominated its political and cultural climate. Through literature and film, we will explore how the sense of the "self" is constructed and how the "other" is imagined in Israeli culture. "Others" include Palestinians, Sephardim, Mizrahim, non-Zionists, women, and Eastern Europeans who do not relinquish their ties to the past, as well as other individuals who resist the collective ideologies of a nation constructing itself. All texts and teaching will be in English; no knowledge of Hebrew is required.
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, 1967-2017
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: Some knowledge of Israel or a previous Israel Studies course. This online course focuses on a unique Israeli phenomenon, 'war-normalizing discourse', a set of linguistic and cultural devices that blur the various characteristics of war by transforming it into a "normal" part of life. We will examine the reciprocal relations between this discourse, Israeli culture and society, and foreign policy.
ISRL448T
Seminar in Israel Studies; Israel's Occupation at 50
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as JWST319J and HIST428X. Credit granted for ISRL448T, JWST429D, or HIST428X.

Now in its fiftieth year, Israel's occupation of the West Bank is the longest continuous military occupation in the world. This seminar will examine its history, the radical transformation of Israeli policy towards Palestinians over five decades, and its impact on the daily lives of Palestinians struggling with the ongoing military and settler presence in their land. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of continued Palestinian resistance to military occupation, including the use of terror against civilians.