Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2088: Understanding Israel and Palestine: One Land, Two People

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  1. One Hundred Years of Violence.
  2. Conflicting Promises and Competing Nationalisms
  3. The Creation of Israel and Al-Naqba : Two Sides of the Same Coin
  4. Israel-Palestine and the Israel-Arab conflict
  5. Greater Israel and Life under Israeli occupation
  6. Israel's Security and Life under Terrorism
  7. Palestinian Society and Politics
  8. Israeli Society and Politics

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities2211x2 hour lecture and discussion facilitated by the convenor
Guided independent study333 hours of preparation for each seminar: reading, preparation in relation pre-seminar questions and tasks
Guided independent study10Preparation of research paper presentation
Guided independent study37Research and writing-up of portfolio assessment
Guided independent study48Research and writing-up of research project assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Amnesty International. Israel and the Occupied Territories-www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/israel-and-occupied-palestinian-territories/

B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories-www.btselem.org/

International Crisis Group-www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/middle-east-north-africa/israel-palestine

Israel Foreign Ministry-www. mfa.gov.il

Israel Democracy Institute- www.en.idi.org.il

Negotiations Affairs Department, Palestine Liberation Organisation- www.nad-plo.org

Other Learning Resources

The Gatekeepers (2002, Dror Moreh)

Occupation 101 (2006, Abdallah Omeish, Sufyan Omeish,)

State 194 (2013,Dan Setton, 2013)

Paradise Now (2016, Hany Abu-Assad)