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HSTY2607: Palestine, Israel and the Middle East

2020 unit information

This unit provides a historical grounding in the region of the Middle East and its conflicts. It identifies the causes of conflict and attempted avenues for peace, as well the politicised scholarship on the subject. The unit commences in the Ottoman period, and includes the emergence of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, colonial interests, the role of diasporas, and subsequent geopolitical developments until the present day. It covers political, social, and cultural history, and takes account not only of the official narratives but also of the voices from below. Visual arts, film, and literary texts will be considered as part of the historical narratives about Israel and Palestine.

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Code HSTY2607
Academic unit History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000-level in History, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Arabic Language and Culture or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture or ARBC3615 
JCTC2008 or GOVT2772
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. historically contextualise the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in terms of regional and international history
  • LO2. analyse primary documents and place them in their historical context
  • LO3. identify the central issues in a piece of historical prose and critically assess an author's argument or interpretive schema
  • LO4. articulate their ideas on the region’s history in verbal and written form
  • LO5. identify, define, investigate, and propose solutions to problems
  • LO6. think independently and rigorously, both in creative and analytical ways
  • LO7. be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning

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Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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