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Noam Pianko
SIS 498
Seattle Campus

Readings in International Studies

Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.

Class description

Zionism, Nationalism, Sovereignty

Zionism endures as a flashpoint in debates about the history, meaning, and morality of nationalism. Jewish nationalism's ambiguous position in the study of international relations makes it an ideal case study for understanding the historical and contemporary forces fueling nationalism and the processes underscoring the limits of national sovereignty. By focusing on scholarly debates from a variety of disciplines about the past, present, and future of Zionism, students will have the opportunity to consider the dilemmas of balancing national self-determination with individual rights in an age of globalization.

Student learning goals

Appreciate the diverse scope of 20th century Zionist ideologies

Use the history of Zionism as a lens to understand the evolution of nationalism more generally, and well as its moral and practical limitations

Complicate students understanding of current events in Israel and the middle east.

General method of instruction

The course will be a seminar, with extensive student participation.

Recommended preparation

The only requirements for this course are the standard requirements for SIS 498. I am willing to consider non IS majors as well.

Class assignments and grading

This class will have a significant amount of reading that students will need to complete in order to participate in class discussions. Grades will be determined on the basis of regular response papers and a final paper.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Noam Pianko
Date: 01/27/2012