Palestinian-Israeli Relations

LHIS-P248
Credits: 
3
Course chair: 
Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: 
Spring Only
Required of: 
None
Electable by: 
All
Prerequisites: 
LENG-111
Department: 
LART

In this course, students examine Palestinian and Israeli histories, cultures, and relationships and delve into the origins of coexistence and conflict. Students explore opposing narratives that reflect and perpetuate conflict, deepen their ability to detect bias, understand the consequences of seeing truth from different perspectives, and cultivate respect for both peoples. Students explore religious, geopolitical, social, economic, ethnic, nationalist, racial and cultural elements of Palestinian, Arab, Israeli, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian identities. What role does religion play in a conflict between two predominantly secular peoples? What are the possibilities for and obstacles to peace? What are the power imbalances and inequalities not only between these peoples but within each one? The course employs text, film, music, food, research, and writing to understand both the challenges faced by these multilingual, multiethnic, multreligious, multiracial peoples and to experience their rich cultures.