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The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel

Highlights

  • Examine the context underlying the Zionist idea and movement.
  • Study the history that led to the formation of the Jewish state.
  • Understand the conflicts and tensions that have shaped modern Israel – and what might be done to ease them.
  • Learn through real-life experiences, including site visits and more. 

This course explores the emergence of Zionism and the Israeli state from the late nineteenth century until today by looking at some of the foundational movements and moments in Israeli history. Themes you’ll explore include expressions of alienation and discrimination, the perceived ethnic gap, and schisms in Israeli society, including Jewish-Arab tensions. You will learn about the broad range of influences that have shaped Israeli society and politics: European, Ottoman, Middle Eastern, Jewish, and Palestinian.

Your learning will begin with an examination of the Zionist idea within the context of late nineteenth-century Europe. Together, we will explore how competing visions of the Jewish state responded to the realities following the First World War. We will then turn our attention to the internal and external dilemmas that have faced the Israeli state, with the aim of discussing issues from its founding through the recent war in Gaza.

Structure

This course meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for three hours per day. Extended tours meet on Sundays.

Check out the summer course schedule below.

Course Components

  • Lectures and class discussions
  • Three short essays
  • Film screenings
  • Site visits to Tel Aviv, Mount Herzl, Haredi neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and Ma’aleh Film School

View the syllabus.

See July Session summer schedule below.

You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life. 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.

Apply by: April 15, 2023
Arrive on campus: July 3, 2023
Program length: Four weeks

For payment deadlines, see here.

Application fee: US$ 120
Tuition: US$ 2,100
Housing: US$ 850*

* depending on availability

Learn more about fees, cost of living, and paying for the program.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships based on demonstrated need or merit are available.

Students who complete their application to this program by February 15, 2023 and who also complete payment by March 15, 2023, will be eligible for a 10% early bird discount on the program tuition. In the event that a student applies for more than one summer course, the 10% early bird discount will be applied to one of the summer.

This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to mature learners with an academic background. You must be currently registered at or have been accepted to a recognized college or university or have successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited institution of higher education. English-language fluency is also required.

Apply

We’re pleased you’re applying to join us in Jerusalem. See our application guidelines to learn more. Apply online now!

Please note:

  • Students may change their selection of summer course(s) from the July Session up until five days before the July Session begins.
  • The maximum recommended course load for the July Session is two courses.
  • Students applying for the July Session may also apply for one of the courses offered in the August Session. View the August Session courses here.
  • See here for more information about visas.
  • Students who complete their application to this program by February 15, 2023 and who also complete payment by March 15, 2023, will be eligible for a 10% early bird discount on the program tuition. In the event that a student applies for more than one summer course, the 10% early bird discount will be applied to one of the summer courses only. 
Look here for the 2023 Summer Courses Schedule:

Contact

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Fast Facts

Course:

The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel (SPIS201/48775)

Teaching Faculty:

Dr. David Mendelsson

Language of Instruction:

English

Credits/Hours:

Academic hours: 60
Credits: 4

Course Dates:

July 3 – July 26, 2023

Eligibility:

Undergraduate and graduate students; mature learners with an academic background

Application Deadline:

April 15, 2023

Costs:

Application fee: US$ 120
Tuition: US$ 2,100
Housing: US$ 850*

* depending on availability

Relevant Academic Fields:

History, politics, sociology

 

 

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