Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2093: Understanding Israel and Palestine: Seeking Peace

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Illustrative seminar topics: 

  1. Introduction to the Module: The never-ending conflict?
  2. The Road to Oslo
  3. The Oslo Peace Process: What went wrong?
  4. The Stumbling Blocks: Territory, Settlements, and Water
  5. The Stumbling Blocks: Jerusalem and Refugees
  6. Bad Fences Make Bad Neighbours: the ‘Separation Wall’
  7. Palestinian Violence
  8. Israel and Palestine (un)divided: Internal Conflicts and Prospects for Peace
  9. External Actors
  10. 'The Penryn Peace Process'-the UN-sponsored conference: Simulation exercise
  11. Conclusion: Is the end in Sight?


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 and Teaching activity11Lectures and discussion facilitated by the convenor
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity11Seminars guided by questions and readings assigned by the convenor
Guided independent study35Reading and preparing for seminars
Guided independent study11Research and preparation of student-led seminar
Guided independent study22Researching and preparation for simulation assessment
Guided independent study10Composition of report on simulation exercise
Guided independent study15Reading and Preparing for examination practice
Guided independent study35Reading and Preparing for Unseen examination

Online Resources

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

Israel Foreign Ministry- www. mfa.gov.il

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

Foundation for the Middle East Peace- www.fmep.org

Other Learning Resources

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2004,Sut Jhally and Bathsheba Ratzkoff, 2004)

Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East (2003, Wayne Kopping)