Course Meeting Times

Seminar: 1 session / week, 3 hours / session


There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Learning Goals

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Define and describe major events in the history of modern Israel
  • Define and describe Israel's political system (political parties, municipal and regional administration, etc.)
  • Define, describe and appraise the major analytical terms used in our course
  • Integrate course data into a coherent narrative(s) of current Israeli identity(ies)


Research paper (5-7 pages) 40%
Four discussion papers (1-2 pages)/Cultural presentation 40%
Short presentation on current events 10%
Class participation 10%


1 Israel: An introduction
2 Zionism: Sources, variations
3 Zionist ideologies and the land of Israel
4 Nation building and immigrants
5 Settlements and the Zionist Project
6 The Arab-Israeli conflict
7 Israeli society: Cleavages
8 Israel in the West Bank and Gaza
9 Israeli identity revisited: The post Zionist challenge
10 Foreign and security policy
11 Israeli economy
12 Israeli culture
13 Israel: A comparative perspective