Academic Courses

Faculty at Brandeis teach a range of courses on Israel studies across several Brandeis departments. This semester, the following courses focus on Israel, backed up by multiple Brandeis courses that include an Israel studies element.

* All Israel Studies courses are offered via Brandeis departments and programs; the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is not a degree-granting program.

Spring 2014

Israel Studies

FA 174A — Art and Trauma: Israeli, Palestinian, Latin American and United States Art
  Gannit Ankori: Fine Arts

A comparative and critical examination of the various ways in which personal traumas (illness, death, loss) and collective traumas (war, the Holocaust, exile) find meaningful expression in the work of modern and contemporary artists from diverse regions.

HIST 114A — Israel's Foreign Policy
  Uri Bialer: History/NEJS

Presents the historical contexts of Israel's diplomacy, including strategies for gaining regional and international recognition, increasing immigration, and acquiring arms, aid, oil, and water. This course will chart Israel's relations with the super powers, the European Community, and Arab and Afro-Asian States. 

NEJS 136A — The Yishuv, the State of Israel, and the Holocaust
  Tuvia Friling: NEJS

Proposes to describe, analyze, and evaluate the intellectual discourse and the historiography around the Yishuv's role in saving European Jews during the Holocaust.

NEJS 145A — History of the State of Israel
  Ilan Troen and Shay Rabineau: NEJS

Examines the development of the State of Israel from its foundation to the present time. Israel's politics, society, and culture will be thematically analyzed.

NEJS 174A — Minorities and Others in Israeli Literature and Culture
  Ilana Szobel: NEJS

An exploration of poetics and identity in modern Hebrew literature. By offering a feminist and psychoanalytic reading of various Hebrew texts, this seminar explores questions of personal and national identity, otherness, visibility, and marginality in the Israeli context. 

NEJS 191B — Jewish Messianism from Antiquity to Zionism
  Yehudah Mirsky: NEJS

Messianism is an important component in Jewish history. This course examines the messianic idea as a religious, political, and sociological phenomenon in modern Jewish history. Examining how the messianic narrative entered Jewish political discourse enables a critical discussion of its role in Zionist activities as an example of continuity or discontinuity with an older tradition.

NEJS 193B — Walking the Land: Religious Pilgrimage and Modern Hiking in Israel
  Shay Rabineau: NEJS

Explores the spectrum of religious and political meanings attached to Israel/Palestine/the Holy Land, and how those understandings have been articulated in ancient and modern times through the act of walking.

Middle East Studies

ECON 122B — The Economics of the Middle East
  Nader Habibi: Politics

Examines the Middle East economies – past experiences, present situation, and future challenges – drawing on theories, policy formulations and empirical studies of economic growth, trade, poverty, income distribution, labor markets, finance and banking, government reforms, globalization, and Arab-Israeli political economy.

POL 133A — Contemporary Politics in the Middle East
  Eva R. Bellin: Politics

Examines the Western impact on the Middle East state system, and the key challenges to the stability of these states and to the regional order. Topics include Arab nationalism; religion and minorities, the Arab-Israeli conflict and other issues.

POL 166B — Seminar: The Middle East in International Relations

Shai Feldman and Jonathan Lev Snow: Politics
Explores how the concepts, theories, and paradigms from the field of International Relations can be used to understand the politics of the Middle East. usually offered every second year.

SOC 157A — Sociology of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation
  Gordon A. Fellman: Sociology

An introduction to Jewish and Palestinian nationalisms; relevant sociological, political, religious, and resource issues; social psychological dimensions; and the conflict in world politics.


Language-based Studies

Advanced Hebrew language courses at Brandeis include an active Israel Studies component, Click here for a listing.

Past and Recurring Courses

For a listing of past and recurring courses with an Israel Studies focus, click here.

Language-based StudiesPast and Recurring Courses