HIST 480
Interpretations of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict Fall 2018
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed GBST 480 / ARAB 480 / JWST 480 / HIST 480
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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: Type: 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
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
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: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ARAB DPE: This course challenges students to engage with difference and power in the longstanding 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, that often have to do with power and difference. Students will gain a better understanding of nationalism, state power, inequality, victimhood, desperation, corruption, and injustice and will hopefully therefore gain tools to seek equitable solutions to the conflict in the future. WI: As a tutorial, this course is writing- intensive while students employ and develop critical tools to interpret conflicting narratives of history and facts. Each week, students will develop their writing by providing constructive criticism of their partner´s papers. They will also learn how to receive criticism and ways to incorporate those suggestions in their future writings. Students will be given the opportunity to substantially revise their work on a regular basis.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 480 Division II ARAB 480 Division II JWST 480 Division II HIST 480 Division II
Attributes: GBST Middle Eastern Studies Electives
HIST Group E Electives - Middle East
JWST Core Electives

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