Course Description

Israel, a geographically small Mediterranean country of nine million people, is one of the most debated countries in the world. However, this debate is often characterized by a lack of understanding of Israel’s complex history, heterogeneous society, and a fragmented political system. This class aims to help students to understand the intricacies of Israeli politics and society. This course will be divided into four parts. The first part focuses on the ideological foundation of the State of Israel. The second part addresses cleavages and identities within Israeli society and their impact on the political system and political culture in Israel. The third part looks at the political system of Israel, with a special focus on the main actors like state institutions and political parties. The last part will focus on selected topics related to the latest political development in Israel.