Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Spring 2017

FRPG 2090
Instructor: Ronnie Olesker
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. 
This course fulfills the FYS and SS general education requirements.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has remained unresolved despite countless attempts by various international actors to intervene over the past century. Why has peace remained elusive for Israelis and Palestinians? What is the conflict really about? Religion? Territory? Power? Legitimacy? In this seminar, we will examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an intractable conflict in the Middle East, to teach students how to critically think, write, and communicate academic research in the study of conflicts. Students taking this course will learn about the history, roots, and complexities of that conflict. We will focus on the competing Israeli and Palestinian narratives about the conflict, using academic literature, historical data, documentaries, and fictional movies. The primary objective, however, is for students to learn how to ask researchable questions, test hypotheses, collect, analyze, and, finally, present data. In other words, this course uses the study of conflict to teach writing and research, and uses writing and research, to teach about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—I see these two objectives as intrinsically intertwined with one another.

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