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HIST3114 Modern Israel Part 2

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- Go beyond the media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and explore the Israeli society from “the inside”, with an emphasis on the role of culture(s) in Israel - Introduce you to a variety of political and cultural aspects of everyday-life in Israel and the role of historical consciousness - Encourage you to read and analyse primary sources (in translation)

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The idea of “Mediterraneanism” as an option for Israeli identities
  • The impact of immigration and “multi-culturalism” on Israeli identities
  • Current debates and frictions inside of the Israeli society (along the lines of Jewish/Arab, secular/religious, European/Oriental divisions) and their reflection in the arts
  • The contributions of literature and the arts to Israeli self-images


Modern Israel is the topic of this third level History Special Subject course, running over two semesters. Building up on the introductory reading about the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the historical developments – marked by wars and conflicts, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982 – the second part of this course will take a closer look at the culture(s) and everyday-life in Israel, making use of a broad variety of contexts and fields of research, including cultural geography, sociology, literature, music and the arts.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: - Two double sessions per week in seminar format with student presentations - Interpretation and close analysis of sources Learning activities include: - Preparing introductory and background reading for each seminar - Preparing oral presentations - Analysis of source material

Independent Study260
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Maoz Azaryahu (2007). Tel Aviv. Mythography of a City. 

Eliezer Ben-Rafael and Yochanan Peres (2005). Is Israel One? Religion, Nationalism and Multiculturalism Confounded. 

Ron Kuzar (2001). Hebrew and Zionism: A Discourse Analytic Cultural Study. 

Oz Almog (2000). The Sabra: The Creation of the New Jew. 

Miron Benvenisti (2000). Sacred Landscape. The buried history of the Holy Land since 1948. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 50%
Exam  (3 hours) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed written tasks 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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