MES 392 • ISRAEL'S POLITICAL CULTURE
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
A graduate seminar intended for students who have an interest in studying the political and cultural character of the State of Israel. A creation of European secular Zionism, Israel was founded on the principles of Western democracies, albeit with a strong desire to maintain a Jewish identity. However, the conflict over the occupied territories, demographic changes due to the influx of Jewish immigrants from Asia and Africa and the presence of a large Arab minority, as well as economic changes, havereshaped the country. Hence, Israel today is a land of change, contrast and contradictions, with little resemblance to the blueprint of the Zionist utopia. The course will follow the development of Israel's political life, and focus on a variety of contemporary issues.
Class attendance: 15% Test: 25% Paper: 25% Oral report: 15% Readings: 20%