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Modern Israel: Vision and Reality (6 points)


Leader: Chanan Reich

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The unit examines social and cultural issues in the history of modern Israel. After introducing Zionist ideologies and the history of the Yishuv, it explores struggles for equality, with particular reference to socialist ideals; the kibbutz movement, and the position of women; the integration of immigrants and the Sephardi experience; changing identities; religious fundamentalism; ethnicity, race and gender, as well as the role of the Holocaust in Israel's identity. The unit will also focus on non-Jewish minorities, especially Palestinians.

Assessment: Essay (2000 words): 40% + Tutorial paper (500 words): 15% + Take home exam (1400 words): 30% + Class test (40 minutes): 15%

Contact Hours: One lecture and one 2-hour seminar per week over 10 weeks

Prohibitions: HSY3570

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