Israel and the Middle East: Roots of the current conflict

Description

Examines the historical origins of the current conflict in the Middle East with particular reference to Israel and the Arabs. Topics: Colonialism and Zionism; Arab nationalism and the demise of the Ottoman Empire; the British Mandate in Palestine; the Holocaust and the Middle East; the UN and the establishment of Israel; Nasserism, Suez crisis and Six Day War; rise of the PLO; Cold War and the Middle East; Camp David, Oslo Accords and the Road Map to peace.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Introduce students to major themes and issues pertaining to the origins of the conflict between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arabs as a whole.

2. Introduce students to historiographical issues pertaining to the Middle East conflict.

3. Enhance students' skills in the areas of research, analysis, and the presentation of arguments both written and verbal.

Content

Course content will be drawn from the following range of topics:

  1. Colonialism and Zionism
  2. Arab nationalism
  3. demise of the Ottoman Empire
  4. the British Mandate in Palestine
  5. the Holocaust, Palestine and Israel
  6. the UN and the establishment of Israel
  7. Nasserism, Suez crisis and Six Day War
  8. rise of the PLO
  9. Cold War and the Middle East
  10. Camp David, Oslo Accords and the Road Map to peace.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3672. Students who have successfully completed HIST3672 are not eligible to enrol in HIST2672.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Two or more written assignments

In Term Test: Class test

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

2 contact hours per week: 1 hour lectures, which may include a video for full term. 1 hour tutorial or seminars for 12 weeks. Tutorials will commence in week 2.

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term