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Course Offerings - Spring 2012

Please note that all course offerings are subject to change. Changes in faculty availability and student enrollment can occasionally result in course cancellations.

All students are required to register for the course Perspectives on Israeli Society and History (2 credits). All students at NYU Tel Aviv are also required to take a course in either Hebrew or Arabic language. For native speakers or those who have already achieved an advanced level of proficiency, special arrangements will be made (e.g. direct enrollment in a pre-approved course at a local university, directed readings, or special tutorial sessions.)

Click on a course name to see a course description and a sample syllabus from a past semester. (Current syllabi may differ.) - Please note that we are in the process of uploading syllabi and plan to have more available online soon.  In the meantime, if you have an urgent need for a course syllabus, please email global.academics@nyu.edu

Course days/times can be found on Albert.

Spring 2012 | Fall 2012 | Spring 2013
 

Required Course for All Students

Prof. Gal Levy

This course is a lecture series designed to offer students a broad perspective on Israeli society and on the Middle East at large. The lectures - by experts in various disciplines as well as by eminent cultural and political figures, alongside excursions in and ouside Israel - will set for students geographical and social coordinates from which they will be given the opportunity to engage themselves in this vibrant locality, learn its history and explore contemporary aspects of a place which is always lively, controversial, and intriguing.

Sample Syllabus


Language Courses

All students at NYU Tel Aviv will be required to take a course in either Hebrew or Arabic language. This course must be taken for graded credit.  (Not pass/fail.)  For native speakers or those who have already achieved an advanced level of proficiency, special arrangements will be made (e.g. direct enrollment in a pre-approved course at a local university, directed readings, or special tutorial sessions).

Note: Students planning to continue to Elementary Arabic II are advised to defer Elementary Arabic I until the Fall in New York, followed by Elementary Arabic II in the spring.  Elementary Arabic II is not offered in New York during the fall semester.

Prof. Kabalan
Builds basic skills in modern standard Arabic, the language read and understood by educated Arabs from Baghdad to Casablanca.

Prof. TBA

Continuation of Elementary Arabic I.

Prof. TBA

Continuation of Intermediate Arabic I.

Prof. TBA
Active introduction to modern Hebrew as it is spoken and written in Israel today. Presents the essentials of Hebrew grammar, combining the oral-aural approach with formal grammatical concepts. Reinforces learning by reading of graded texts. Emphasizes the acquisition of idiomatic conversational vocabulary and language patterns.

Prof. TBA

Continuation of Elementary Hebrew I.

Prof. TBA

Builds on skills acquired in Elementary Hebrew I and II and develops a deepening command of all linguistic skills. Modern literary and expository texts are read to expand vocabulary and grammatical knowledge, with conversation and composition exercises built around the texts. Introduces selections from Israeli media. Addresses the relationship between classical and modern Hebrew.

Prof. TBA
Continuation of Intermediate Hebrew I.

Prof. TBA

Aimed at training students in exact and idiomatic Hebrew usage and at acquiring facility of expression in both conversation and writing. Reading and discussion of selections from Hebrew prose, poetry, and current periodical literature.

Prof. TBA
Designed to provide a thorough grounding in Hebrew grammar with special emphasis on phonology, morphology, and syntax. Concentrated study of vocalization, accentuation, declensions, conjugations, and classification of verbs


Cinema Studies (Tisch School of the Arts)

Prof. Eytan Fox

The course will enrich the students' understanding of Israeli Cinema as a microcosm of the young, vibrant, and continually changing Israeli state and society. We will analyze the cinematic expression of the themes behind the inception and evolution of the small yet multifaceted country, and note the differences between the cinema of the first and second wave of Israeli filmmakers.


Cultures and Contexts (Morse Academic Plan)

Open to all students. For NYU, fulfills MAP Cultures & Contexts requirement. Same as K20.9601 (Gallatin)

Prof. Ze'ev Emmerich
This course offers a unique opportunity to explore various aspects of the production of everydayness in Israel as it is manifested in different sites: the arts, the leisure industry and the spatio-temporal arrangements of daily routines and practices. The course will include: 14 lectures on aspects of Israeli politics and culture; visits to art exhibitions, music venues and the cinema; and observation of street life in Tel Aviv (day and night). Given its unique geo-political circumstances as well as its symbolic position, Israel has attracted much attention. This is equally true of media coverage as well as more scholarly treatment of the Israeli-Arab or Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More often than not, Israel is portrayed through the lens of high politics or treated as an exotic anomaly. Whether popular or academic in its orientation, the study of Israeli society has thus tended to neglect everyday life in Israel.

Sample Syllabus


Dramatic Literature

Prof. Eytan Fox

The course will enrich the students' understanding of Israeli Cinema as a microcosm of the young, vibrant, and continually changing Israeli state and society. We will analyze the cinematic expression of the themes behind the inception and evolution of the small yet multifaceted country, and note the differences between the cinema of the first and second wave of Israeli filmmakers.


Economics

This course is not open to NYU Stern students

Identical to C31.0010 Prerequisites: V31.0002 and V63.0121 (Calculus I)

Professor TBA
Examines the manner in which producers, consumers, and resource owners acting through the market determine the prices and output of goods, the allocation of productive resources, and the functional distribution of incomes. The price system is seen as a network of interrelated decisions, with the market process serving to communicate information to decision makers.

Sample Syllabus 


Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Course includes weekly seminar and minimum of 10 hours fieldwork/ week at approved internship field-site.

Prof. Deshe
The seminar is designed to complement your internship fieldwork, exploring many different aspects of your organization and of Israel's Civil Society. Israel is a country where the government and the establishment at large have historically been very central in determining the country's political direction as well as its social fabric and political culture. It is therefore of special interest to study the emergence of new players in Israel, especially the role of the Third Sector, or Civil Society and within it the even newer phenomenon of Social Change Organizations and their effect on Israeli political and social life over the past three decades. Your goal is to finish the semester with an in-depth understanding of your agency, its approach, its policies, its programs, and the context in which it operates. You will also spend time reflecting on the internship experience itself as a way to better understand your academic, personal, and career goals.

Sample Syllabus

Same as MAP-UA 9537 (MAP). This section for Gallatin Students only.

Prof. Ze'ev Emmerich
This course offers a unique opportunity to explore various aspects of the production of everydayness in Israel as it is manifested in different sites: the arts, the leisure industry and the spatio-temporal arrangements of daily routines and practices. The course will include: 14 lectures on aspects of Israeli politics and culture; visits to art exhibitions, music venues and the cinema; and observation of street life in Tel Aviv (day and night). Given its unique geo-political circumstances as well as its symbolic position, Israel has attracted much attention. This is equally true of media coverage as well as more scholarly treatment of the Israeli-Arab or Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More often than not, Israel is portrayed through the lens of high politics or treated as an exotic anomaly. Whether popular or academic in its orientation, the study of Israeli society has thus tended to neglect everyday life in Israel.

Sample Syllabus


Journalism

Prof. Prusher
This course will teach journalism fundamentals as well as more advanced reporting techniques necessary for covering conflict the world over, from domestic issues affecting local communities to some of the most important geopolitical conflicts of our time. Alongside reading some of the best writing on contemporary conflict and discussing some of the difficulties of covering conflict, students will be expected to practice their reporting skills through field work. With supervision and assistance from the course instructor, students will take advantage of their surroundings in Tel Aviv-Jaffa as well as easy access to other locations in Israel.

Sample Syllabus


Metropolitan Studies

Course includes weekly seminar and minimum of 10 hours fieldwork/ week at approved internship field-site.

Prof. Deshe
The seminar is designed to complement your internship fieldwork, exploring many different aspects of your organization and of Israel's Civil Society. Israel is a country where the government and the establishment at large have historically been very central in determining the country's political direction as well as its social fabric and political culture. It is therefore of special interest to study the emergence of new players in Israel, especially the role of the Third Sector, or Civil Society and within it the even newer phenomenon of Social Change Organizations and their effect on Israeli political and social life over the past three decades. Your goal is to finish the semester with an in-depth understanding of your agency, its approach, its policies, its programs, and the context in which it operates. You will also spend time reflecting on the internship experience itself as a way to better understand your academic, personal, and career goals.

Sample Syllabus


Middle Eastern Studies

Prof. Rahimiyan
More than 30 years have passed since 1979, the year when a self-styled Islamic Revolution unfolded in Iran. Historian Eric J. Hobsbawm branded this revolution as "one of the central social revolutions of the twentieth century"; and social scientist Richard Cottam described it as perhaps "the most popular revolution in the history of mankind." Whatever the case may be, we are now permitted to use the benefit of hindsight to revisit the 1979 revolution. In the first part of the course we will review the manifold causes of the 1979 revolution in a historical perspective, tracing the social, political, economic and cultural bases of the rise of the revolutionary movement and political Islam (or Islamism) in Iran. We will then move on to situate the revolution in a global context. This will enable us to examine Iranian history since 1979 in comparative perspective as well as to integrate the revolution into the "entangled histories" of modernity of which it is part. At the same time we will examine the cultural dimensions of the post-1979 state in Iran. We will consider cultural production in the Islamic Republic of Iran as a site of state domination and oppositional resistance. We will suggest that the Islamic Republic is a "scopic regime," developing a symbolic Islamism as a tool of propaganda and hegemony. At the same time, literature, cinema, and the visual arts have been sites of resistance.

Sample Syllabus


Politics

Prof. Rosenfeld

The Israeli Palestinian conflict is one of the longest unresolved national conflicts of the modern era. With its roots in the early twentieth century, its persistence has shaped and affected - adversely, for the most part - the lives of millions of Palestinians and Israelis and engaged the international community for many decades. This course attempts to provide a comprehensive introduction to the historical evolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, to the core issues that comprise it, and to its major societal and political ramifications. Centrality is accorded to two key events and the contradictory consequences they bore for the two peoples: the first is the 1948 War, which gave rise to the emergence of the Israeli state and, at the same time, resulted in the mass uprooting of Palestinians, their dispersal in adjacent Arab countries, and subsequently in the yet unresolved Palestinian refugee problem. The second key event is the 1967 War, in the wake of which Israel imposed a regime of military occupation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, a regime that persists to this very day. At the same time, the war and its aftermath induced the emergence of the Palestinian resistance movement, which subsequently led to the consolidation of the PLO as the representative of Palestinian national aspirations. Major attention is given also to the hitherto failed attempts at resolving the conflict, with a focus on the shifting political agendas of the chief players (State of Israel and the Palestinian National Movement) and on the impact of international players and of the changing international contexts.

Sample Syllabus

Prof. Lutmar

International negotiation has become the most widely used means of conflict management in international affairs. Negotiations of international significance are today conducted not only between individual states, but also within and beyond them. At the same time negotiation practice itself is undergoing much change with changing patterns of conflict and intervention, new urgent issues on the global agenda, new actors and new emerging norms.

This course provides an overview of negotiation and conflict resolution theories and practices of international importance - bilateral, regional and multilateral. The emphasis is on different approaches/aspects to understanding what drives the negotiation process and explains the outcome. Why do some negotiations succeed, while others keep failing? Why do some peace settlements succeed while others fail? We will examine not only the official negotiation process but also the important functions of pre-negotiation, second-track diplomacy and post-agreement negotiations concerned with implementation and compliance.

While we will give many examples from various civil and international conflicts, our main focus will be on two regional conflicts - Cyprus and the Arab-Israeli conflict. There will also be guest lectures by some of those who were involved in peace negotiations in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and we will also go on a 3-days trip to Cyprus where we will meet some of those who were involved in mediation efforts in the Cyprus conflict.

Sample Syllabus

Prof. Moshe Berent

The purpose of this course is to examine the relation between religion and public life in both western and non western societies. Recently, the question of the relation between religion and public life has come to the fore again, for several reasons. First, the Third Wave of Democratization in certain Catholic, Orthodox and non-Christian societies has raised the question of the relation between religion and democratic political culture. Second, the immigration of non-Christians to certain western, "Christian" nations has tended to underline the Christian foundations of those national states. And third, the resurgence of religious fundamentalism in many parts of the world has sharpened the question of the relation between religion and public life in still other societies. All of these developments cast doubt on traditional theoretical formulations about both the privatization of religion and the secularization of the state. It seems that religion plays an important role in the formation of regimes and political patterns; that religious establishments and religious communities are occasionally involved in political struggles; and that religions introduce powerful symbols of identification that often mobilize the public for political purposes.

Sample Syllabus


Religious Studies

Prof. Moshe Berent

The purpose of this course is to examine the relation between religion and public life in both western and non western societies. Recently, the question of the relation between religion and public life has come to the fore again, for several reasons. First, the Third Wave of Democratization in certain Catholic, Orthodox and non-Christian societies has raised the question of the relation between religion and democratic political culture. Second, the immigration of non-Christians to certain western, "Christian" nations has tended to underline the Christian foundations of those national states. And third, the resurgence of religious fundamentalism in many parts of the world has sharpened the question of the relation between religion and public life in still other societies. All of these developments cast doubt on traditional theoretical formulations about both the privatization of religion and the secularization of the state. It seems that religion plays an important role in the formation of regimes and political patterns; that religious establishments and religious communities are occasionally involved in political struggles; and that religions introduce powerful symbols of identification that often mobilize the public for political purposes.

Sample Syllabus


Sociology

Prof. Moshe Berent

The purpose of this course is to examine the relation between religion and public life in both western and non western societies. Recently, the question of the relation between religion and public life has come to the fore again, for several reasons. First, the Third Wave of Democratization in certain Catholic, Orthodox and non-Christian societies has raised the question of the relation between religion and democratic political culture. Second, the immigration of non-Christians to certain western, "Christian" nations has tended to underline the Christian foundations of those national states. And third, the resurgence of religious fundamentalism in many parts of the world has sharpened the question of the relation between religion and public life in still other societies. All of these developments cast doubt on traditional theoretical formulations about both the privatization of religion and the secularization of the state. It seems that religion plays an important role in the formation of regimes and political patterns; that religious establishments and religious communities are occasionally involved in political struggles; and that religions introduce powerful symbols of identification that often mobilize the public for political purposes.

Sample Syllabus

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Upcoming Application Deadlines

Spring Semester

Priority: September 15

Regular: October 15

Applications received after October 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Admission will be granted only when space is available and time allows for required travel documents to be attained.   

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