(cross-listed with 01:685:352 and 01:790:352)
This course invites the students into a journey to Israeli politics and by introducing the creation of the Israeli democracy, the main political debates, different ideological visions, and the main cleavages and demographic divisions that have driven Israeli society from 1948 through the present days.
Students will learn about the main political events in Israel history with respect to military and diplomatic issues, different groups and parties – among them, Ultra-Orthodox (Haredim), Palestinian citizens of Israel, Religious Zionist, Jewish settlers, Ashkenazi vs Mizrahi/Sephardic Jews – which create the fabric of Israel society from its formative years to the current era.
With an eye open to current developments, the course will also discuss new trends in Israeli politics.
In addition to the reading of articles and primary sources, the students will watch and review films about Israeli politics and culture. At the end of the course the students will gain a better understanding of Israeli politics and its complexities.
Mondays, Period 4/5 (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)