Fall 2019 Courses

Instructor: Michael Brenner
Mondays and Thursdays, 11:20am - 12:35pm
8/26/2019 - 12/14/2019
Crosslist: HIST-643
Location: TBD
Credits: 3

**This course is a core course for the Israel Studies Minor••

Front page of The Palestinian Post newspaper with the article 'State of Israel is Born'Traces the development of modern political Zionism in nineteenth-century Europe; the historical background leading to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948; and the history of Israel since then, including patterns of Jewish immigration and its relationship to the Arab world. Usually Offered: fall. 

Instructor: Michael Brenner
Mondays, 5:30 - 8:00pm
8/26/2019 - 12/14/2019
Crosslist: HIST-500.001
Location: Battelle-Tompkins Building T48
Credits: 3

A panel of men sit at a table in front of a crowd. The walls are decorated with curtains featuring the Star of David.Two decisive events that involved the fate of the Jews left their stamp on the second half of the twentieth century, the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel. This course analyzes Jewish politics before and after these events in Europe, Israel, and the United States, including Zionism, Jewish socialist movements, diaspora nationalism, and the fight against antisemitism.

Instructor: Guy Ziv
Tuesdays and Fridays, 2:30 - 3:45pm
8/26/2019 - 12/14/2019
Location: TBD
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: SISU-206 and SISU-230

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, President Jimmy Carter, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shake handsThis course explores the evolution of U.S. relations with Israel, from pre-1948 American Zionism to President Truman's decision to recognize the Jewish state in 1948 to America's role as Israel's greatest supporter in the world today. Along the way, it examines key milestones in U.S.-Israel relations, including the wartime American airlift in 1973; the U.S. role in Arab-Israeli peacemaking, from Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's shuttle diplomacy to the two Camp David summits and beyond; and American military, economic, and diplomatic aid to the Jewish state. The course analyzes how a combination of sentimental, domestic political, and strategic factors have led to the formation of a wholly unique bilateral relationship characterized at once by both tight bonds and inherent tensions.

Instructor: Lauren Strauss
Mondays and Thursdays, 12:55 - 2:10pm
8/26/2019 - 12/14/2019
Crosslist: JST-320.001; HIST-344.001
Location: TBD
Credits: 3

A woman speaks at a podium at Come Together: AIPAC Policy Conference 2016This course explores Jewish participation in the American political system, and compares Jewish political involvement in the U.S. with similar activities in Israel. American Jewish participation in electoral and advocacy politics far outweighs the relative percentage of Jews in the population, and is often centered around the status of minorities in a democratic society. In Israel, the intense level of political discourse often highlights similar questions of minority rights and national identity, but does so in a different context, often with different results. The course begins by exploring the foundations of religious freedom in America, and then explores the formation of Israeli law, focusing mostly on events and issues from the 20th and 21st centuries. It addresses these issues by examining "case studies" in both societies, which confront questions of minority rights, religious freedom, gender equality and more.

Instructor: Dan Arbell
Wednesdays, 11:20am - 2:10pm
8/26/2019 - 12/14/2019
Crosslist: GOVT-432.002
Location: TBD
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: GOVT-130 or GOVT-231 or GOVT-232, and a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

A hand deposits a ballot into a ballot box in front of the Israeli flagIsrael's parliamentary democracy is a mosaic in which ethnic, class, religious, national and migration considerations play a dynamic part in the intricacies of the political system. This course provides an overview of the geopolitical history of Israel and the Arab-Israel conflict for the pre-state era until the present, and also an introduction to the principles that guide Israel's political system and the cleavages in Israeli society which greatly affect developments and trends in politics and policy.

Instructor: Sara Grayson
Mondays and Thursdays, 9:45 - 11:00am
8/26/2019 - 12/14/2019
Location: TBD
Credits: 3

The Hebrew alphabetFocuses on the acquisition of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures in culturally authentic contexts through speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Designed for students with no prior experience with Hebrew. Usually Offered: fall.

Instructor: Sara Grayson
Mondays and Thursdays, 8:10 - 9:25am
8/26/2019 - 12/14/2019
Location: TBD
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: HEBR-117

The Hebrew alphabetRefinement of basic language skills in a cultural context. Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures and development of communicative skills. Usually Offered: fall.

Instructor: Elizabeth Thompson
Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:00pm
8/26/2019 - 12/14/2019
Location: TBD
Credits: 3

This course examines four key moments in efforts to resolve the Arab-Jewish conflict in Palestine since 1917. Students explore how this history bears on prospects for peacemaking in the future.

About the Minor

AU's undergraduate minor in Israel Studies is one of the premier programs of its kind in the United States. Courses are offered in numerous areas including sociology, Jewish studies, history, and the School of International Service. Another feature of the minor is its seamless connection with study abroad in Israel. AU students are encouraged to study in Israel and receive credits toward the Israel Studies minor.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Brenner, Abensohn Chair of Israel Studies, 202-885-2752, mbrenner@american.edu; or Laura Cutler, Managing Director, 202-885-3780, cutler@american.edu.