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Naomi B. Sokoloff
NEAR E 150
Seattle Campus

Israel: Dynamic Society and Global Flashpoint

Introduces the people, institutions, and culture of Israel is the context of larger global forces. Examines domestic, regional, and international elements, both historically and in the contemporary period, that have shaped Israel's culture, politics, and special role in world affairs. Topics include nationalism, ethnicity, politics, religion, film, literature, and culture. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 101.

Class description

Introduces the people, institutions, and culture of Israel in the context of larger global forces. Examines domestic, regional, and international elements, both historically and in the contemporary period,that have shaped Israel's culture, politics, and special role in world affairs. Topics include nationalism, ethnicity, politics, religion, film, literature, and culture. Offered jointly: SIS 150/NEAR E 150. OPTIONAL LINKED WRITING COURSE: PLEASE SEE ENGL 198 J" Also: a film and lecture series will be organized in conjunction with "Israel: Dynamic Society and Global Flashpoint." Students registered in SIS150/NEAR E 150 and attending these events may sign up for 2 credits of NE 490 with Professor Naomi Sokoloff.

Student learning goals

Identify crucial events and developments in Israel history, society, culture and politics

engage with primary source materials from the period covered in the course;

bring a more informed perspective to current events and press coverage of Israel and the Middle East;

grasp political and societal contexts in a deeper and livelier way, having experienced debate and model coalition building.

read secondary sources in a critical way and apply analytical thinking skills in discussions and in writing

General method of instruction

3 hours of lecture per week 2 hours of quiz section/small discussion groups

Recommended preparation

No pre-requisites

Class assignments and grading

Mid-Term Exam (20%) Final Exam (40%) 2 Short response papers (25%) Participation (10%) Pop quizzes (5%)


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Last Update by Loryn Hazan Paxton
Date: 10/20/2010