Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course is an amazing introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, investigating the history of the conflict and how it has influenced the current state of Israel/Palestine. Professor Atshan does an amazing job at clearly explaining the multiple facets and complexity of a centuries old conflict. We examine the demography and population studies to understand the heterogeneity of Israeli-Palestinian societies and politics. We answer very complex questions such as what is the relationship between race and the age of migration to Israeli impact the Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Israeli sub-populations? What is the U.S. role in Israeli's human right politics, international law, and conflict resolution? What factors have contributed to the inequality between Israeli settlers and Palestinian natives in occupied territories? The socio-economic, religious, and ethic disparities of Israelis and Palestinians through a human rights framework.
I was in Professor Anshan's first class of "Israeli-Palestinian Conflicts" and the highlight was the fully-funded study abroad trip to Israel/Palestine with my entire class. It was an unforgettable, enlightening, and heartbreaking experience to see the disparities and human rights violations I have learned in the class. We went to the occupied territories such as the West Bank, the border of Gaza, and East Jerusalem as well as historic sites like the Temple Mount, The Wailing Wall, The Church of Nativity, and The Dead Sea.
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Advice for students:
During my class, Professor Atshan structured the class so that every class was a presentation on a certain topic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that a student or a pair of students prepared and group discussion followed. Keep up with the readings and don't be afraid to come to office hours if you don't understand certain topics.