Jewish Studies | Contemporary Israeli Culture
C240 | 25555 | S. Katz

JSTU-C 240:  Contemporary Israeli Culture (3 cr.) Stephen Katz #25555
MW 2:30-3:45 p.m.

JS major and area certificate students: 15 seats have been set
aside. Email Carolyn Lipson-Walker ( to request
a seat.

Israel is a land of paradoxes and made of a vibrantly diverse number
of cultures, value systems, and lifestyles. Its position in history
and the geography of the Middle East has made it a central player in
a number of regional conflicts that are the concern of many people
everywhere. Yet Israel is much more than this conflict. In this
course, we will learn about the leading issues that make up Israelís
popular and high culture, its ideologies and daily practices. Among
these we will examine the history of the land; its diverse ethnic
and religious groups; its democratic institutions and system of
government; its music, film, art, and communal lifestyles.

Final grades will depend on unit exams, attendance, participation,
and a book summary.

Fulfills: Jewish Studies Language/Literature or History & Society
course; S&H; Culture Studies - List A