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2015-2016 Courses


Courses listed may apply to a minor in Israel Studies

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AU Registrar Class Schedule.

Fall 2015

History of Israel (3)
(HIST 443.001)
MTH 11:45AM -1:00PM
Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies

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. Meets with HIST-643. Usually offered every fall.

Negotiating Peace (Senior Capstone)(3)
(SISU 415.001)
T 2:35 PM –5:15 PM
Guy Ziv, Assistant Professor, School of International Service

This senior capstone provides students with a deeper understanding of the problems that have confounded the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, in particular the "final status" issues: borders, Jerusalem, refugees, and security. Students focus on the contested narratives; the relevant political actors; and the key international, regional, and internal events that have shaped the dispute. As well, previous rounds of negotiations are reviewed in order to analyze what went wrong. Students then partake in a simulation in which they attempt to constructively address the final status issues as well as other sticking points, such as settlements and terrorism, in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Prerequisite: International Studies major and at least 75 credits.

Politics and Public Policy in Israel (3)
(GOVT-432.002)
W 11:45 AM – 2:25 PM
Dan Arbell, Scholar in Residence, Israel Studies

Israel'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-Israeli conflict from 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. Prerequisite: GOVT-130 or GOVT-231 or GOVT-232, and minimum 2.5 GPA.

The Jewish World after 1945 (3)
(History 344.001)
M 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies

The middle of the twentieth century saw both the greatest catastrophe of the Jewish people, the Holocaust, and the rebirth of a Jewish state after two thousand years. This class looks at the remnants of Jewish life in Europe after the Holocaust, the development of modern American Jewry and the relations between Israel and the Jewish diaspora up to our own time.

U.S. Israel Relations (3)
(SISU-330.002)
F 2:35 PM – 5:15 PM
Guy Ziv, Assistant Professor, School of International Service

This course explores the evolution of U.S. relations with Israel, from the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948 to the present day. Along the way, it examines key milestones in U.S.-Israel relations, beginning with President Truman's controversial decision to buck the U.S. foreign policy establishment and formally recognize the state of Israel; 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 the U.S. role in providing military, economic, and diplomatic aid to the Jewish state. The course analyzes how a combination of sentimental, 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.Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-230.

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Israel Studies Minor

AU's undergraduate minor in Israel Studies is one of the premier programs of its kind in the United States. Its focus is on Israel's history, unique political democracy, multicultural society, economic development, immigrant absorption, and international contributions in the arts, business, technology, sciences, and letters. 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. The Center for Israel Studies complements the minor by hosting conferences and events to further educate individuals about Israel and Israel's contributions to the world.

For additional information, please see the Israel Studies Minor Requirements in the Jewish Studies website. You may also 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.