BA Film Studies and Middle Eastern Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
The History and Sociopolitics of Palestine/Israel (1882-1967)

Unit code MEST10042
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course unit provides an introduction to causes, consequences and controversies associated with the emergence, development and consolidation of the conflict in Palestine/Israel from 1882 until the 1967 war.

Aims

On successful completion of this course participants should have developed;

(1) skills for critical analysis of one of the world’s most covered political conflicts;

(2) general understanding of main processes in the formation of the 20th Century Middle East;

(3) foundational ability to apply the acquired knowledge to broader Middle Eastern histories as well as to regional and meta-regional themes (such as the phenomenon of modern nationalism).

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students should be able to:

Syllabus

This course unit provides an introduction to causes, consequences and controversies associated with the emergence, development and consolidation of the conflict in Palestine/Israel from 1882 until the 1967 war. Emphasis is placed on both the socio-political and diplomatic aspects of the conflict. This is a Year 1 course.  As such, it assumes no knowledge about the topic; students who for whatever reason happen to be somewhat knowledgeable about the topic may find this fact fortunate or unfortunate – but this course is geared entirely toward those new to the subject.


 

Teaching and learning methods

 

 

Overview of Blackboard content:

Primary sources and lecture notes are in blackboard

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this unit successful participants should;

(1) reach a primary level of factual knowledge in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict;

(2) be able to discuss and analyse the development of the conflict;

(3) comprehend the principal narratives of its protagonists involved and

(4) be able to comment in an informed manner on a range of controversies surrounding this conflict.
 

Practical skills

The foundational knowledge acquired is essential for any position in the private or public sector that deals with Israel/Palestine and helpful for any work that relates to the Middle East due to the centrality of the question to the region.

Assessment methods

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Book review essay

Exam

1X2000 words

1.5 hours

40%

60%

 

RE-SIT

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Exam

1.5 hours

100%

 

Feedback methods

  • oral feedback
  • written feedback on essay
  • additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour)

 

Recommended reading

Charles D. Smith, Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992). 

 

Secondary articles retrieved via jstor.org 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Moshe Behar Unit coordinator

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