HIST 480
Interpretations of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
Last Offered Fall 2018
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed GBST 480 / ARAB 480 / JWST 480
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This tutorial addresses the powerful, competing, and bitterly contested historical narratives that underpin the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both Israelis and Palestinians appeal to history to legitimize their territorial claims and to justify contemporary action. Special attention will be paid to the interpretations of key historical moments, especially the 1948 and 1967 wars, and on the contrasting views of some of the core issues of the conflict (Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, terrorism).
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1315
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 5- to 7-page essays or 2-page critiques due each week and a final report (3-4 pages) at the end of the semester
Prerequisites: none, though some academic experience with Middle East materials is preferred
Enrollment Preferences: History majors and Arabic Studies majors and Jewish Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 480 Division II ARAB 480 Division II HIST 480 Division II JWST 480 Division II
DPE Notes: This course challenges students to engage with difference and power in the Israeli Palestinian conflict though the reading of historical works that have different political motivations. Students will develop tools to comprehend the complexities of perspectives in Israel and Palestine. Students will gain a better understanding of nationalism, state power, inequality, victimhood, desperation, corruption, and injustice and gain tools to seek equitable solutions to the conflict in the future.
Attributes: GBST Middle Eastern Studies Electives
HIST Group E Electives - Middle East
JWST Core Electives

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