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Joel S Migdal
SISME 458
Seattle Campus

Israel: Politics and Society

Examines how parts of the mosaic of Israel's ethnic groups and religions have interacted over time to create today's society. Focus on politics, especially interaction of the state with the mosaic society. The religious divide; the Jewish ethnic divide; Palestinians in Israel; war and its effect on Israel; the long road to peace.

Class description

Israel is a state within whose borders exists a complex mosaic of ethnic groups and religions. One interesting element about Israeli society, however, is that for years very few Israelis thought of their society as a mosaic. They conceived of it, much like Americans did about their own society several decades ago, as a melting pot that created a fairly homogeneous social core. This course examines how the parts of the mosaic have interacted over time to create today’s Israeli society, and how Israelis have thought about and handled the realization that social diversity, not homogeneity, dominates. The course looks, too, at the politics of Israel, especially the interaction of the state with the mosaic society.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture/discussion

Recommended preparation

introductory course in any of the social sciences

Class assignments and grading

significant reading; small papers on readings; term paper

participation, small papers, large paper, final


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 Joel S Migdal
Date: 02/03/2004