Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitAustralian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Mark Baker


This unit will provide an historical analysis of the changing dimensions of the Arab-Israeli conflict from its origins to the present day. Themes to be studied include Jewish-Arab relations under the Ottoman Empire and British Mandate, the emergence of Jewish and Palestinian nationalism, Zionist ideology, the impact of the Holocaust, the birth of Israel in 1948 and the Palestinian refugee crisis, war, the status of the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, the rise of the PLO, the Intifadas, terrorism and counterterrorism. In tutorials, students will simulate the politics of negotiation by engaging with documents that have attempted to forge a peaceful end to the conflict.


Upon completion of the course, students will also be expected to:

  1. Understand the competing narratives and claims of all parties to the conflict and how the past informs current perceptions of the conflict
  2. Be able to describe the historiographical debates about the history of the conflict
  3. Have a knowledge of the broader regional and global implications of the Arab-Israeli conflict
  4. Be able to analyse how key documents framing the conflict have been contested by different parties and political streams
  5. Have the ability to interpret the role of the media in shaping perceptions of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  6. To distinguish between different schools of thought in current historiographical debates about the conflict.


Within semester assessment: 70%
Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.