About this Course
4.7
94 ratings
28 reviews
Israel is a country that draws a lot of public attention around the globe. Nevertheless, both those who support Israel and those who are critical of its geopolitical standing and policies, usually have a very limited knowledge about the Israeli society and its political system. This course presents Israel from multiple perspectives - political, social, economic and cultural - in an attempt to expose the learners to a cutting edge academic research on the country. Each of the 13 sessions is focused on one aspect of the Israeli society. Every session starts with a general introduction of the issue at hand, hosting one expert or more, who share their most recent studies and insights on that specific field. Every 15 minutes, or so, the students are asked to answer an informative quiz of comprised of a single question. Upon the completion of each class, an online chat will be opened. Students studying for credit are expected to participate in it, ask relevant questions and answer questions about the required readings for this class. Students will graduate from this course with a better understanding of the Israeli society, better knowledge of the Israeli history, politics and economy, and better acquaintance with the varying groups of which the Israeli society is comprised....
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Suggested: 13 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week

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Beginner Level

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Suggested: 13 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week

Approx. 11 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Introduction

Israel is a country that draws a lot of public attention around the globe. Nevertheless, both those who support Israel and those who are critical of its geopolitical standing and policies, usually have a very limited knowledge about the Israeli society and its political system. This course presents Israel from multiple perspectives - political, social, economic and cultural - in an attempt to expose the learners to a cutting edge academic research on the country. Each of the 13 sessions is focused on one aspect of the Israeli society. Every session starts with a general introduction of the issue at hand, hosting one expert or more, who share their most recent studies and insights on that specific field. Every 15 minutes, or so, the students are asked to answer an informative quiz of comprised of a single question. Upon the completion of each class, an online chat will be opened. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 11 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Reading2 readings
Course Requirements10m
Syllabus10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Confirmation Quiz2m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Zionism - The ideological roots of Israel's state and society

The state of Israel was established in 1948, as the nation state of the Jewish people. Yet, many of its current features can be traced back to the Jewish religious longing to return to Zion (or Jerusalem), and to the national political movement known as Zionism. In our first lesson we go back to the origins of the Zionist ideology and the political institutions it generated and examine how they have shaped Israeli society over the years with a special interest in the Zionist vision of Theodor Herzl. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 52 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 video
Reading2 readings
Important Correction10m
Recommended Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Final Quiz2m

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1 hour to complete

Building a nation, constructing a memory: on sacred time and space in the Israeli society

Zionism has brought together Jews from different countries, all over the world; Jews who have lived in this territory for generations, and the Arab inhabitants of the land. These groups have differed in their history, national narratives, and vision for the future of the country. They spoke different languages, and told their children different stories about the things that connect them to the land. This class tells the story of the nation building process and the (partially) successful quest to construct a national identity in this divided society....
Reading
1 video (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video1 video
346m
Reading1 reading
Recommended Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Final Quiz2m

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1 hour to complete

Who are the Israelis – Demographic dynamics and their social consequences

This session presents the different groups comprising the Israeli society, and the changes in their composition over time. It also presents what had been considered the "demographic problem," and the reasons for the country's high fertility rates....
Reading
1 video (Total 36 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video1 video
435m
Reading1 reading
Recommended Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Final Quiz2m
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Top Reviews

By BDJan 19th 2017

Very informative, and engaging, videos. There are however no links to useable reading texts, which is a shame. But the content of the videos are of incredible value.

By SSSep 23rd 2017

Really good over view of the demographics of Israeli society. As a diaspora Jew it's given me a greater understanding of Israeli politics.

Instructor

Michal Frenkel

Prof.
Sociology and Anthropology

About Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ranked among the top academic and research institutions worldwide, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel's leading university and premier research institution. Serving 23,000 students from 70 countries, the Hebrew University produces a third of Israel’s civilian research and is ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. The Hebrew University was founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann. It is located on three campuses in Jerusalem and a fourth in Rehovot. Visit the website at http://new.huji.ac.il/en. Join our online learners community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/hujimooc/. ...

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