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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mark Baker


Previously coded JWC4020


The unit explores the main tenets of Zionist theory in their historical contexts. Themes include: Jewish emancipation and exclusion in 19th century Europe, varieties of Jewish nationalism, the Jewish critiques of Zionism, Zionism and empire, Palestinian responses to Jewish settlement, the relevance of post-Zionism.


On successful completion of this subject students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to:

  1. Understand the place of Israel in different strata of the classical Jewish Students successfully completing this unit should have developed an understanding of:
  2. The history and theories of Zionism, especially classical Zionist thinkers;
  3. Jewish national movements in their historical contexts;
  4. Zionist thought, the impact of empires in the Middle East;
  5. The debates surrounding Zionism and post-Zionism, including continuities and discontinuities;


Research essay (5000 words): 50%
Seminar paper (1000 word): 15%
Textual exercise in a take-home exam (2000 word): 25%
Seminar preparation and participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Mark Baker

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar and one 1-hour tutorial