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Fall 2019 Israel Studies Classes

History of Israel 

HIST-443-001/HIST-643-001 with Professor Michael Brenner
M/Th 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM

Traces the development of modern political Zionism in nineteenth-century Europe; the historical background leading to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948; and the history of Israel since then, including patterns of Jewish immigration and its relationship to the Arab world. Crosslist: HIST-643. Usually Offered: fall. (3 credits)

Jewish Politics in the 20th Century

JWST-596-001/HIST-500-001 with Professor Michael Brenner
M 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Two decisive events that involved the fate of the Jews left their stamp on the second half of the twentieth century, the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel. This course analyzes Jewish politics before and after these events in Europe, Israel, and the United States, including Zionism, Jewish socialist movements, diaspora nationalism, and the fight against antisemitism. Meets with HIST-500 001. (3 credits)

U.S. - Israel Relations

SISU-330-003 with Professor Guy Ziv
T/F 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

This course explores the evolution of U.S. relations with Israel, from pre-1948 American Zionism to President Truman's decision to recognize the Jewish state in 1948 to America's role as Israel's greatest supporter in the world today. Along the way, it examines key milestones in U.S.-Israel relations, including the wartime American airlift in 1973; the U.S. role in Arab-Israeli peacemaking, from Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's shuttle diplomacy to the two Camp David summits and beyond; and American military, economic, and diplomatic aid to the Jewish state. The course analyzes how a combination of sentimental, domestic political, and strategic factors have led to the formation of a wholly unique bilateral relationship characterized at once by both tight bonds and inherent tensions. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: SISU-206 and SISU-230

Jews and American Politics 

HIST-344-001/JWST-320-001/ISR-396-001 with Professor Lauren Strauss
M/Th 12:55 PM - 2:10 PM

This course explores Jewish participation in the American political system, examining its significance for minority rights in the United States and its unique position within Jewish history. The extent of Jewish participation in electoral and advocacy politics in America far outweighs the relative number of Jews in the population. Yet, this activism is consistent with a tradition of civic involvement from the earliest days of Jewish settlement in America. The course begins with foundations of religious freedom in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America but focuses mostly on events and issues in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, by examining case studies that address larger issues. (3 credits)

Politics and Public Policy in Israel

ISR-496-002/GOVT-432-001 with Professor Dan Arbell
W 11:20 AM - 2:10 PM

Israel's parliamentary democracy is a mosaic in which ethnic, class, religious, national and migration considerations play a dynamic part in the intricacies of the political system. This course provides an overview of the geopolitical history of Israel and the Arab-Israel conflict for the pre-state era until the present, and also an introduction to the principles that guide Israel's political system and the cleavages in Israeli society which greatly affect developments and trends in politics and policy. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: GOVT-130 or GOVT-231 or GOVT-232, and a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

Hebrew, Elementary Modern I

HEBR-116-001 with TBD
M/TH 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Focuses on the acquisition of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures in culturally authentic contexts through speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Designed for students with no prior experience with Hebrew. Usually Offered: fall. (3 credits)

Hebrew, Intermediate Modern I

HEBR-216-001 with TBD
M/TH 8:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Refinement of basic language skills in a cultural context. Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures and development of communicative skills. Usually Offered: fall. (3 credits)

Prerequisite: HEBR-117