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BA Arabic Studies / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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The History and Sociopolitics of Palestine/Israel (1882-1967)
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
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 – or perhaps think that they are -- may find this fact fortunate or unfortunate; yet this course is intentionally geared toward those new to the subject.
On successful completion of this course participants should have developed:
- skills for critical analysis of one of the world’s single most covered political conflicts;
- general understanding of main processes in the formation of the 20th Century Middle East;
- foundational ability to apply acquired knowledge to broader Middle Eastern histories as well as to regional and meta-regional themes (such as the phenomenon of modern nationalism).
Knowledge and understanding
On completion of this unit successful participants should:
- reach a primary level of factual empirical knowledge in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict;
- be able to discuss and analyse the development of the conflict intelligently and in nuance;
- comprehend the principal narratives of its protagonists involved;
- be able to comment in an informed manner on a range of controversies surrounding this conflict.
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.
Book review essay - 40%
Exam - 60%
Formative or Summative
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Charles D. Smith, Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992). Any edition of the book will do.
Secondary articles will be retrieved via jstor.org and uploaded to course Blackboard.
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|Moshe Behar||Unit coordinator|