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

Field Trip to Tel-Aviv Summer 2009



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 3-27, 2017 

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students; mature learners with an academic background 

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
Tuition: US$ 1,780 | Housing: US$ 775 

Relevant Academic Fields: History, politics, sociology 



  • 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 19th 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.  



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


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  


Check the syllabus.



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[A3] .  




Apply by: May 15, 2017 

Arrive on Campus: July 3, 2017 

Program Length: Four weeks 



Course: US$ 1,780
US$ 775 


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


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



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.  




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Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017




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