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Summer Courses

For the summer of 2017, RIS offers courses in the following areas: Israel Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Law, Jerusalem Studies, Jewish and Religious Studies Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Economics and Trauma & Resilience.

  

All courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as mature learners with academic backgrounds. 

  

If registering for more than one summer course, you will be offered a 10% discount off of the total tuition fee.  

  

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Registration for Summer Courses 2017 is NOW open

 

For an overview of the Summer Courses 2017 schedule   

  

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***Please note: The Hebrew University reserves the right to cancel courses for which there is insufficient registration.***


JULY SESSION

The Politics of Planning in Multicultural Cities: The Case of Jerusalem

The Politics of Planning in Multicultural Cities: The Case of Jerusalem

July 3 - 27, 2017

As a growing urban center and international hub, Jerusalem has a crucial need for effective city planning and urban design. Exploring the contours of the city as well as the political developments that shaped it, in this course students gain a better understanding of the dilemmas and conflicts that affect contemporary city planning and urban design.
Collective Memory and Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel (SPSI201/48877)

Collective Memory and Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel (SPSI201/48877)

July 3 - 27, 2017

In Israel—like in most contemporary societies—collective memory increasingly plays a leading role in the construction of national and group identities. Countless conflicts are caused, and some are resolved, through the narratives about the past that a people tells itself. This class takes an in-depth look at theories about collective memory and examines the ways in which these theories are exemplified in various Israeli case studies.
Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study (SPCR202/48457)

Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study (SPCR202/48457)

July 3 - 27, 2017

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most persistent and infamous international conflicts, yet its key aspects have rarely been discussed by the media. The course provides students with an in-depth, multi-disciplinary study of the conflict, examining classic studies written by scholars of conflict resolution, social and clinical psychology, and law.
Field Trip to Tel-Aviv Summer 2009

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

July 3 - 27, 2017

This course examines the emergence of the State of Israel from its origins in the late nineteenth century until today. It deals with the key issues of nation state building; the triangular conflict between the Zionists, British and Arabs and the emergence of religious, ethnic and national tensions.
The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (SPCR205/48499)

The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (SPCR205/48499)

July 3 - 27, 2017

In this course we are going to deal with some of the pivotal events in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the early twentieth century to the present. The evolution of the conflict between Arab states, the Palestinians and the Zionist movement, the Arab-Israeli wars and the peace negotiations and treaties between Israel, Egypt Jordan and the Palestinian national movement, are some of the main themes in this course.
Between Hamas and ISIS:  Radical Islamic Movements in a Changing Middle East (SPME2011/48782)

Between Hamas and ISIS: Radical Islamic Movements in a Changing Middle East (SPME2011/48782)

July 3 - 27, 2017

This course examines major contemporary Islamist movements and ideologies. What are the key Islamist movements? What motivates them? What is their relation to traditional Islamic thought and how do they relate to modernity? Against whom do they fight and why?
The Palestinians: Modern History and Society (SPIH2011/48890)

The Palestinians: Modern History and Society (SPIH2011/48890)

July 3 - 27, 2017

This course is an introductory survey of the history, politics, and society of the Palestinians in the 20th Century. It focuses on the rise and development of Palestinian nationalism and the changing nature of the Palestinian population and leadership since W.W.I. The course will also examine the social structure, the family, gender relations, and the transformation of Palestinian Society.
Uncovering Jerusalem: A Historical and Archaeological Survey (SPAR202/48794)

Uncovering Jerusalem: A Historical and Archaeological Survey (SPAR202/48794)

July 3 - 27, 2017

Jerusalem has a rich history, throughout which it has grown and developed as a city containing a variety of populations, religions, cultures and architectural styles. This course explores the city of Jerusalem in its various stages of development: from biblical times, through the Middle Ages, to the present. The course includes field trips to sites throughout Jerusalem.
The Body in Jewish Thought (SPJT205/48892)

The Body in Jewish Thought (SPJT205/48892)

July 3 - 27, 2017

Explores the unique and sometimes controversial viewpoints of Judaism on the human body from Biblical times to the present. Raises questions about physicality, spirituality, gender and God from historical, philosophical and cultural perspectives. Addresses issues related to Jewish mysticism.

Understanding Identities: Immigration and Cultural Diversity from the Israeli Experience (48897)

July 3 - 27, 2017

Explore issues of immigration and inter-cultural relations from the vantage point of Israel—meet with educational, social, government, private and non-governmental organizations and learn how they deal with issues of immigration. Conduct a research project on immigrant group in Israel.
Israel and the Post-Arab Spring: An Interactive View of the New Middle East (SPME2010/48795)

Israel and the Post-Arab Spring: An Interactive View of the New Middle East (SPME2010/48795)

July 3 - 27, 2017

This course offers a first-hand perspective on the rising challenges and opportunities for coexistence in a Post Arab-Spring Middle East and their influence on Israel's future. Through field trips and engaging in dialogue with regional players, participants will gain personal insight into the religious, cultural, and political forces that are currently shaping the changing reality of the region.
Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (SPME209/48779)

Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (SPME209/48779)

July 3 - 27, 2017

This course offers unique insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through exposure to a wide range of narratives, realities, and initiatives. By visiting key sites and engaging with government officials, religious experts, and political and NGO activists, participants will acquire a broader understanding about the conflict, its complexity, and its possible evolution or solutions.
Breakthrough Technologies: Shaping the Future (SPEC203/48788)

Breakthrough Technologies: Shaping the Future (SPEC203/48788)

July 3 - 27, 2017

This program analyzes how exponentially growing technologies may impact our lives, industries and society in the next five to fifteen years. Throughout the program, participants will meet experts from different disruptive technologies and gain exposure to some of the latest breakthroughs developed in Israel, a world leader in innovation in the fields of Computer & Communications, Security, Clean-Tech, Nano-Tech, and Bio-Tech. With the insight gained, the students will be better prepared to face and seize the opportunities and challenges arising from the emergence of these technologies.
Start Ups and Innovation: The Israeli Model (SPEC202/48787)

Start Ups and Innovation: The Israeli Model (SPEC202/48787)

July 3 - 27, 2017

This course offers students the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship and innovation essentials via the first-hand experience of successful Israeli innovators, in a country world-renowned as the "Start-up Nation". Students will gain direct access to the insights and knowhow of serial startup founders, industry specialists and senior personnel from innovative R&D centers of leading multinational corporations. In addition, they will learn practical models, tools and methodologies critical to the creation of startup companies and the development of innovative ventures of large organizations.

AUGUST SESSION

Archaeology of the New Testament (SPAR201/48784)

August 3 - 17, 2017

From his birth to his Crucifixion, Jesus of Nazareth changed the course of history as few did before him or have done since. The belief that he was the Messiah captured the hearts of many and by the fourth century Christianity became the official religion of the whole Roman Empire. This specially designed course will review and analyze the archaeological record of Christian activity in the Holy Land, from the time of Jesus and up to the Crusades. It will be comprised of class meetings, and intensive field trips to Jerusalem, the Galilee, and the Judean Desert.
Religion in the Holy Land: The Role of Faith in Peace and Conflict (SPRL201/ 48891)

Religion in the Holy Land: The Role of Faith in Peace and Conflict (SPRL201/ 48891)

August 3 – 17, 2017

Illuminates the contribution of religion to peace and conflict in the Holy Land.
Meeting with religious leaders and interfaith activists, along with visits to holy sites.
Explores the role of faith in promoting and impeding opportunities for peace.
Lawbuilding

The Institute for Law and Policy (48898/SPLC201)- CANCELLED

July 3-27, 2017

Offered in conjunction with the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, the Institute for Law and Policy provides an in-depth analysis of Israel's most important and exciting law and policy challenges. Participants engage in discussion, debate and hands-on experiences that enhance their understanding of the complex issues confronting Israel in international law
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