622008 PS Contemporary History: Zionism and the State of Israel: A History of Ideas

winter semester 2021/2022 | Last update: 30.04.2024 Place course on memo list
PS Contemporary History: Zionism and the State of Israel: A History of Ideas
PS 2
each semester

Acquisition of basic skills for dealing with historic sources and presentations of Contemporary History as well as skills in presenting the newly acquired knowledge orally as well as in writing. Acquisition of basic knowledge and application of relevant methods aiding scientific research.

Zionism is a dream, which was born in Europe at the end of the 19th Century. Influenced by European nationalism, its aim was the revival of the Jewish People in the Middle Eastern territory of Palestine, the Land of Israel.  This ambivalence of being a “western” utopia seeking for realization in the “east” accompanied the Zionist movement from its beginning and down to today. Through reading different texts of Zionist Ideologists and thinkers, and through analyzing current attitudes towards Europe in Israeli media and film, we will discuss central ideas and episodes in the history of Zionism and of the State of Israel. Teaching language is English. Discussion, presentations and final papers can be held/written in German as well. 

Individual acquirement of a historical survey; oral presentations and handouts, research paper, discussion; internet search, exercises; teacher's lecture.

Course with continuous performance assessment: check of study of literature, attendance at all sessions, active participation in discussions, oral presentation and handout, research paper.

Guided research of pertinent literature will be part of the expected tasks.

Positive assessment of compulsory module 1. The respective proof ought to be produced until the end of October 2021.

Online-enrollment required, starting on Sept. 1st, 2021!