• Academic Credits: 3
  • Cross listed: Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:352 or 01:685:352.
  • 01-790-352_Isreali_poli_syllabus_Spring_2021.pdf
  • Syllabus Disclaimer: The information on this syllabus is subject to change. For up-to-date course information, please refer to the syllabus on your course site (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) on the first day of class.

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the historical background, structure, and unique concerns of Israeli politics. We will take seriously the role ofpolitical theory,history,and historical memory in helping shape contemporary politics. From there, we shall examine how the increasing dominance of right-wing parties, the influenceof religiousand immigrant groups, the threat of terrorism, ongoing territorialdisputes,a changing international arena, and other concerns shape the distinctive contours of Israeli politics. Finally, we will conclude by discussing the most immediateconcerns confronted by Israelisociety: the prospects for a change in government and the possibility for peacewith the Palestinians.