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DePaul University PSC 349.202: “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” Khalil M. Marrar, Ph.D. MWF, 1:10-2:20 PM I. Course Overview The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most profound tragedies in modern history. It is the story of a struggle between two nationalisms seeking liberation in a homeland. While some have imagined the conflict in religious terms, history shows that we must understand it as a clash of ethno-national communities pitting Arab Muslims and Christians against Jewish Zionism. This course will attempt to trace the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in that historical context—as a quarrel between two peoples over one land. II. Contact Information Dr. Khalil M. Marrar Political Science DePaul University 990 West Fullerton, Room 2109 Chicago, Illinois 60614 (773) 325-8682 (773) 325-7337 Facsimile e-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: After Class III. Course Requirements and Grading A. Requirements Students will engage in one group presentation, write one research paper based on group presentation, and complete a final essay. The group presentation, research paper, and final essay are each worth 100 points. Finally, class participation is worth 100 points. Students desiring to compute their own grades may do so by dividing the total number of points earned by the number of points possible. Students must complete all assignments on time in order to pass the course . I will not offer “extra credit.” B. Grading Criteria 1. Research Papers (100 points): Based on further inquiry on a topic from group presentations, good papers will be well researched and crafted. While there exists no minimum requirement for the number of scholarly sources, research should be focused and well communicated. Generally, some of the best papers of this type contain 2 books, 4 journal articles. Spelling and grammar should be flawless and not take away from the reader’s ability to understand what the author is trying to say. Most importantly, the finest papers reflect critical thought. This means that the author looks at various perspectives analytically and makes an argument—not a polemic—that reflects depth in thought instead of mere statements of belief that are not sustained in the text. Papers that ask good questions and discover creative ways of putting forth an argument will be viewed most favorably. 1
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Papers must shed more light on a particular aspect of the topic chosen for the group presentation and will not simply involve regurgitation. You may take an argument and review it—surveying divergent perspectives—or you may formulate your own opinion on a single issue. The central purpose of this writing activity is to allow students to explore
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This note was uploaded on 07/25/2009 for the course POLS 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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