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The Israeli Political Regime (Hebrew)

The School of Political Science, Tel-Aviv university

The purpose of this course is to provide basic theoretical and empirical knowledge about politics and government in Israel. Among other topics, the course deals with theoretical approaches to the study of Israeli society, with the political history of Israel’s governmental institutions, with the relations between elites and various groups in society, with social cleavages and tension points, with national security, with the Israeli-Palestinian-Arab conflict, with the relations between state and religion and with the Palestinian minority in Israel.

 

Nationalism, Sovereignty and Citizenship (Hebrew)

The School of Political Science, Tel-Aviv university

The seminar examines the development of three basic concepts that shaped the nature of modern politics. The aim is to explore the different meanings of these concepts in different philosophical traditions. Such an exploration enables a deep understanding of their different meanings and the way in which these meanings were translated into reality. The seminar brings together the intellectual history of political concepts and comparative politics in order to delve into the interaction between concepts and practices. The seminar relates to current dilemmas in order to contribute to our understanding of the complex relationship between ideas and reality.

 

Scope and Method (In Political Science) (Hebrew)

The School of Political Science, Tel-Aviv university

The course will critically examine the main approaches and theories of political science. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which these approaches and theories are applied. The course has two main pillars: theoretical and methodological. On the theoretical level, the course approaches to the conceptual and methodological sources of political science. In the methodological level, the course will focus on methodology and application. In this context, the students will examine the ways in which different theoretical approaches have been applied by analyzing actual political phenomena. The participation of the students will illustrate the ontological, epistemological, and normative implications of the various analytical approaches.

 

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a Cinematography perspective (Hebrew)

The School of Political Science, Tel-Aviv university

The course examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the stand point of its cinematic representations in Israeli and Palestinian films. The aim is to explore various aspects of the conflict, especially the esthetic, ethic and narrative dimensions. The course chose cinematic representations rather than regular texts in order to point out the relationship between visual and conceptual aspects of the conflict and their importance in understanding its deep causes. The choice to examine movies about the conflict reflects the developments of the last few years, in which cinematic representations of the conflict have become a major arena of competition. Ten films will be examined and their historical, cultural and political dimensions will be explored. The course will emphasize the human and moral dilemmas raised in the movies and point out their implications on the daily life of Israelis and Palestinians.

 

Political Communication (Hebrew)

The School of Political Science, Tel-Aviv university

The course examines classic and contemporary theories regarding the interplay between the media and the administration. Focusing on cases such as the Palestinian Intifadas and the War on Terror, it also analyses the interplay across media platforms (web, TV) and cultures (US, Israel and the Arab world).

 

The Philosophical and Intellectual Sources of Science (Arabic)

Tel-Aviv university

The connection between science and philosophy has always attracted attention among scientists and philosophers. Philosophical questions occupied many scientists and scientific questions occupied many philosophers. This course is a philosophical study of science and its sources and a scientific study of philosophical questions. The method of looking at the connection between these two fields will help us to understand how different traditions in the philosophy of science have emerged to basic human concerns. The course reviews developments in the connection between philosophy and science from the Greek to the postmodern periods. It will give an account of the role of the scientist and the philosopher throughout intellectual history. In view of this, the course will focus on philosophers and scientists, who have greatly influenced the development of science and philosophy.