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Summer Courses

For the summer of 2016, 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.  

  

To apply for summer courses, please click on the following button:  

 

 - Deadline extended until May 31st


For an overview of which courses can be combined, please take a look at the Summer Courses 2016 Time Table.

 

For an overview of the application guidelines, please click here.


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


JULY SESSION

The Politics of Planning in Cities of Conflict: The Case of Jerusalem (SPGE201/48882)

The Politics of Planning in Cities of Conflict: The Case of Jerusalem (SPGE201/48882)

July 4 - 26, 2016

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 4 - 26, 2016

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 4 - July 26, 2016

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 4 - 26, 2016

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 4 - 26, 2016

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.
Israel and International Law (SPLW201/48777)

Israel and International Law (SPLW201/48777)

July 4 - July 26, 2016

The goal of the course is to provide an overview of public international law in an Israeli context. Israel as a functioning sovereign state is beset by a host of issues pertaining to its role in engaging other states and adhering to norms of international concern. This course analyzes the international legal framework as well as Israel's position in that framework.
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 4 - 26, 2016

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)

July 4 - 26, 2016

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 4 - 26, 2016

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 4 - July 26, 2016

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.
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 4 - 26, 2016

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 4 - 26, 2016

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 4 - July 26, 2016

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 4 - 26, 2016

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)

July 28 - August 11, 2016

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.
Transboundary Water Cooperation (SPCR2010/48526)

Transboundary Water Cooperation (SPCR2010/48526)

July 28 – August 11, 2016

In this program students examine the distribution of available water resources among different users and sectors within Israel and beyond its borders. The course focuses on technological, legal and institutional mechanism to resolve the water conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. In cooperation with the University of Toronto
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)

July 28 – August 11, 2016

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.

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