Israel Studies Spring Courses Still Open

PictureISRL 249K Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Gender and Sexuality in Israeli Cinema
Also offered as FILM298K, JWST219B, WMST298T, and LGBT298T.
Core: D / Gen Ed: DVUP (LGBT298T only)

Tu/Th 3:30 – 4:45 PM

Instructor: Shalom Rosenberg

This course will explore the different ways gender and sexuality have been represented in Israeli Cinema over time. We will examine notions of “manhood” and “womanhood” within the Israeli social context, as well as look at examples of outliers, exceptions, transgressors, and pariahs. We will investigate different types of representations of gender and sexuality, asking how they configure secular society, the Orthodox/ Haredi religious community, the LGBTQ community, the Arab/Palestinian communities, the Israeli soldier population, and more.

Tel Aviv SkylineISRL249L Selected Topics in Israel Studies; Israeli Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Also offered as HEBR249E. Prerequisite: HEBR207. Taught in Hebrew.


Instructor: Avital Karpman

This course focuses on present-day and historical authentic materials such as media clips and articles, advertising, podcasts, and interviews that explain Israel’s reputation as a leader in innovation and a “start-up nation.” Students will produce oral and written business plans.

Modern Israel_PicISRL342 History of Modern Israel
Also offered as HIST376.

M/W 3:30 – 4:45 PM

Instructor: Yoram Peri

History of modern Israel since the beginning of the Zionist settlement in 1882. Attention to different interpretations and narratives of Israel’s history, including the historical and ideological roots of Zionism, the establishment of the State of Israel, ideological forces, wars, and the triumphs and crises of democracy.

Global Migration_PicISRL343 Global Migration and the Israeli Case Study
Also offered as SOCY398G.

General Education: DSHS, DVUP

M/W 2:00 – 3:15 PM

Instructor: Pnina Peri

Over 70% of Israel’s population is made of first, second or third generation immigrants, who came from over 70 countries, making Israel an ultimate immigrant society. This course will focus on the history of Israel as a case study for the understanding of the historical phenomena of modern immigration.

Nation BuildingISRL349J Investigating Topics in Israel Studies; Theories of Nation Building: Israel as a Case Study
Also offered as SOCY398V

M/W 3:30 – 4:45 PM

Instructor: Pnina Peri

Since Israel was established in 1948, the education system has played a major role in developing the Israeli identity. We will examine dominant discourses and debates pertaining to Israeli culture identity, such as the centrality of the Holocaust, security issues, minorities, religious education, role of literature in national narrative, the role of politics in citizenship education and contemporary debates over History education.


PictureISRL448V Seminar in Israel Studies; The New Theater of Terror: Online Terrorism
Also offered as BSST338Y.

Meets March 25, 2019 – May 13, 2019

M/W 3:00 – 5:45 PM

Instructor: Gabriel Weimann

This course examines the relationships between modern terrorists and the new media, how terrorists use the online platforms, how democracies can respond to the challenge, and what are the prices of various measures.