Fall 2020 Israel Studies Classes

History of Israel 

HIST 443/643/ISR 443 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)

U.S.-Israel Relations

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

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. Prerequisites: SISU-206 and SISU-230. (3 credits)

Israeli Politics and Public Policy

GOVT-317 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. Prerequisites: GOVT-130 or GOVT-231 or GOVT-232, and a minimum of 2.5 GPA. (3 credits)

History of Antisemitism

M/Th 4:05 PM - 5:20 PM

Antisemitism is often called the longest hatred. While Jews have constituted only a tiny percentage of the world population, anti-Jewish sentiments have been a major cultural ingredient of Christian and Muslim societies for many centuries, taking on religious, economic, and racist manifestations. This course inquires the causes behind the different forms of antisemitism, its spread from early Christianity to present times, and its Jewish and non-Jewish opponents. Discussions are also dedicated to the rise of Zionism as a reaction to modern antisemitism and to the relationship between antisemitism and anti-Zionism. (3 credits)

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

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