PS352 Peleg syllabus F 09-1

PS352 Peleg syllabus F 09-1 - ISRAELI POLITICS Middle...

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ISRAELI POLITICS Middle Eastern Studies 685:352 / Jewish Studies: 563:383 Political Science 790:352 Rutgers University / Fall 2009 Tuesday and Thursday, 4th period (1:10-2:30 PM) Scott Hall 202 Prof. Muli Peleg Office: Room 109 Miller Hall 12 College Ave. New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Tel: 732-932-3572 Fax: 732-932-3052 Email: mpeleg@rutgers.edu Office Hours: Thursday 3:30-4:30 PM and by appointment . : Description The course introduces the Israeli political system, its various protagonists, their interests and motivation. The students will be familiarized with the major issues and conflicts which have occupied the Israeli political agenda since its inception until today. To facilitate the understanding of dynamics and developments of the Israeli political arena, the political culture will be analyzed to supply the relevant context for one of the busiest and most volatile political structures in the world today. Ultimately, we will use the Israeli political system as a compass and a reflection of the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the Israeli society at 60. Course requirements Essential pre-requisites are curiosity, persistence and constructive criticism. Students are expected to arrive to class on time, having read the material due that day, and equip themselves with ample questions and comments. In addition to the reading material, students are advised to read newspaper and magazine articles and to keep up with radio and TV news about Israel due to the fluid and ever-changing nature of our subject matter. It is especially warranted to read news items and articles from the Jerusalem Post ( http://www.jpost.com ) which will add relevance and immediacy to class discussions. There are two exams, a midterm and a final, which are non-cumulative. In addition, each student will be asked to choose a JP article according to the class topics and prepare a 15 minutes presentation of its main points. The course grade is determined as follows: A Midterm Exam (30%) A Final Exam (40%) A Reading Assignment (20%) Attendance and Participation (10%)
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Reading Material : Required : Arian Asher - Politics in Israel: The Second Republic . 2 nd ed., Washington DC: CQ Press, 2005. Dowty Alan (ed.) - Critical Issues in Israeli Society . Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004. Garfinkle Adam – Politics and Society in Modern Israel: Myths and Realities . 2 nd ed., London: M. E. Sharpe, 2000. Additional Readings: Almog Oz – The Globalization of Israel: Transformations“ in in Shapira Anita (ed.), Israeli Identity in Transition . Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004. Barak Aharon “The Role of the Supreme Court in a Democracy”
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