Israel: History, Politics, Culture, Identity

A concrete structure supported by small pillars and flanked by palm trees.

The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. (Source: Shmulik Harel. This image is in the public domain.)


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Spring 2019



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This course examines Israeli identity using a broad array of materials, including popular music, film, documentaries, and art, in addition to academic historical writings. Topics include Israel's political system and society, ethnic relations, settlement projects, and the Arab minorities in the Jewish state. Students also discuss whether there is a unique Israeli culture and the struggle for Israel's identity.

Preference is given to students in the MISTI MIT-Israel program. 


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Nahum Karlinsky. 17.565 Israel: History, Politics, Culture, Identity. Spring 2019. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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