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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2010

GOV 365N • Israel: Politics, Society, Foreign Relations

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38940 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
UTC 3.134
Nevo, J

Course Description

The course outlines the history of the Jewish community in Palestine since the beginning of the 20th century and of the state of Israel since its foundation in 1948. The course focuses of the circumstances that led to the birth of Israel; the experience of a state-building; the internal and external challenges its leaders and citizens had to face. It discusses political and parliamentary life in Israel , the Israeli society and its characteristics till the beginning of the 21st century.

Grading Policy

Course Requirements and grading 1. Attendance of classes and participation in discussions. 2. Reading assignments as indicated on syllabus (1+2: 15%). 3. Mid-term Exam (25%) 4. A 10-12 pages final paper (topics to be selected from a list that would be given on the first course meeting) to be submitted on the last day of classes (6 May) (35%) 5. Final Exam: (25%)


Howard M. Sachar, A History of Israel from the Rise of Zionism to Our Time (Alfred A. Knopf, New york, 2007), paper back edition.


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