This course is an introduction to Israeli politics, set within the tension between a Jewish, liberal, and democratic nation-state, and serving as a case study for politics in polarized and divided societies. It includes three sections: first, a theoretical introduction to polarization and divided societies; second, an overview of the Israeli political system, and third, a focus on several social policy arenas illuminating policy challenges within polarized and divided societies. Throughout the course, we will analyze various policy drivers, mechanisms, and implications and discuss their relevance for other democratic states with divided societies. Together, we will try to make sense of real-time news coming from Israel, as we deepen our knowledge of polarization, politics, and Israel, and gain skills for taking part in political conversations. Please note: L75 585A is intended for graduate students only.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU IS; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM