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The Politics of Jerusalem

Highlights

  • Experiencing Jerusalem as a symbol of the Arab-Israeli conflict and a focus of an inter-religious war.
  • Simulation resolving the conflict on Jerusalem and its future played by the students, who will act in teams representing Israel, Palestinians, Arab states and international brokers.
  • Three study tours to learn about the changing borders, and the social, demographic and political challenges Jerusalem.

This course is aimed at engaging the students in critical and creative discussions about the various aspects of Jerusalem as a rallying point for the contesting groups in the Middle East. The following issues will be discussed in class, in a simulation play and during study tours: competing narratives; city boundaries and territory; demographic and social challenges; citizenship rights; the national and religious character of the city; religious and national identities and interests; the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa controversy and the future of the Old City and the Holy Basin; Arab neighborhoods and the security barrier; the struggle for sovereignty and negotiating the Jerusalem issue in the peace process.

Experiencing Jerusalem as a symbol of the Arab-Israeli conflict through a simulation play, study tours and class discussions. Engage in a play and discussions on resolving the Jerusalem entanglement and its political future.

Structure                      

The course is made up by 8 class meetings of 3 hours each (with a break) , in which the instructor will open with an opening lecture to be followed by students’ play in teams representing the major stakeholders Three study tours to experience the issues of borders, social, demographic and political challenges in Jerusalem. 

Course Components 

The course includes 8 class lectures/discussions/simulation plays, 3 study tours (3 meetings or tours a week Mon.-Wed.)

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
Course Tuition: US$ 1,890
Housing:
US$ 850*

* Depending on availability

Learn more about fees and paying for the program.

Scholarships

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

Students who complete their summer course application by February 15, 2023, and who also complete payment by March 15, 2023, will be eligible for a 10% early bird discount on the course 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.

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 summer course application by February 15, 2023, and who also complete payment by March 15, 2023, will be eligible for a 10% early bird discount on the course 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.
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Contact

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Fast Facts

Course:

The Politics of Jerusalem (SPGE201/48882)

Teaching Faculty:

Prof. Yitzhak Reiter

Language of Instruction:

English

Credits/Hours:

Academic hours: 45
Credits: 3

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
Course Tuition: US$ 1,890
Housing: US$ 850*

* Depending on availability

Relevant Academic Fields:

Politics, history, conflict resolution, urban planning

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