- Learn about ancient and modern Jewish history in Jerusalem.
- Broaden your perspective on global politics and the creation of national narratives.
- Gain insight into the contradictory role of religion as both an obstacle to peace and a resource for peacemaking.
- Apply this knowledge to real-world events such as the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ISIS, the Syrian civil war, and the refugee crisis.
- Explore key sites during extensive tours throughout Jerusalem and Israel.
This program provides students with the opportunity to earn six Concordia credits during four weeks of study in Jerusalem. Concordia University’s Dr. Csaba Nikolenyi, Director of the Azrieli Institute and Professor of Political Science, will accompany the group and teach Israeli Politics and Government. This course offers an introductory understanding of the emergence and operation of the Israeli system. The program’s second course, Religion in the Holy Land, is taught by HebrewU faculty and explores the role of religion in both peace and conflict throughout the Middle East.
Students of this program will be taking the Concordia undergraduate course Religion, Culture and Politics in Contemporary Israel (3 credits) taught by Professor Nikolenyi in Jerusalem for graded, Concordia credit.
The program is comprised of a four-week seminar designed for Concordia students.
- Site visits and field trips to significant religious and political locations in Jerusalem and throughout Israel
- Guest lectures and face-to-face meetings with religious leaders, interfaith and NGO activists, pilgrims and believers at holy sites, and academic and professional figures
- Class readings and discussions
You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Activities. From a tour of the Old City, to a trip to the Dead Sea, to checking out the local festivals, you’ll build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel.
While residing in HebrewU dormitories with other international and Israeli students, you’ll have a chance to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, is also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.
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Program length: Approx four weeks
This program is open to undergraduate students. You must be currently enrolled at a recognized college and have completed at least 24 credits toward your current degree program with a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA. Preference is given to undergraduates enrolled in the Minor in Israel Studies.
See Concordia’s website for application instructions, for both Concordia students as well as students enrolled at other universities.
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Religion, Culture and Politics in Contemporary Israel
Dr. Csaba Nikolenyi
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Academic hours: 45
Academic credits: 3
Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students
Relevant Academic Fields:
Politics, government, religious studies, sociology, international relations, conflict resolution