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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41485 TTh
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
MEZ 1.120

Course Description

The general purpose of this course is to provide students with in depth knowledge and understanding of the most salient issues on Israeli's current political agenda. This course will be divided according to several central issues, with 1-2 classes devoted to each. The rational is not to cover a full description, but rather to take a deep dive into a handful of the most basic "hurdles" facing modern Israel. The course is designed for both students with and without former knowledge of Israeli politics. Some, but not all, of the issues we will be discussing include the following questions and topics: Is Israel democratic? -Models and meanings of democracy in Israel -Jewish Arab relations in a Jewish state. Can the Jewish state cater to the democratic needs and rights of its Arab citizenry? -Political violence in Israel. Who and why... -Religion and its effect on state and society -Israel's electoral system - strengths, weaknesses, and options for reform

Grading Policy

Reading questions: 40% (8% for each of the 5 questions) Exam 1: 30% Exam 2: 30%


All readings will be provided through a course packet and journal articles, and available via the internet.


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