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James K. Wellman
SIS 495
Seattle Campus

Task Force

Small-group seminars address current problems in international affairs, each focusing on one specific policy question and producing a joint task force report. Restricted to senior majors in International Studies. Prerequisite: SIS 200; SIS 201; SIS 202; SIS 401.

Class description

The terms of the debate over U.S. foreign policy toward Israel. We will cover the history, source of conflicts and strategies for addressing the complex conflicts over the state of Israel.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Since it is a taskforce, the instructor will introduce the material, organize groups on separate areas, facilitate research and make sure that assignments are completed and everyone contributes in written and oral forms.

Recommended preparation

Please read Bernard Wasserstein's Israelis and Palestinians: Why do they fight? Can they stop? Yale, 2003

Class assignments and grading

Small groups will be formed around various issues of policy; each individual will contribute a piece of research on the topic, 12 to 20 pages, evaluated by the group and instructor. The end product is an edited policy statement that will be evaluated by an outside evaluator.

The instructor will give grades, based in part on oral and written contributions, initiative taken and the evaluation of the evaluator at the end of the course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/20/2003