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Understanding Israeli Security Policy: Territory, Occupations and Withdrawals - JPM808
Anglický název: Understanding Israeli Security Policy: Territory, Occupations and Withdrawals
Zajišťuje: Katedra mezinárodních vztahů (23-KMV)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 4
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:2/0, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (20)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Dr. Irena Kalhousová
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (04.10.2021)
Lecturer: Dr. Rob Geist Pinfold (Hebrew University Jerusalem/King's College London)
Email: Robert.pinfold@kcl.ac.uk

- Intro Class via Zoom 11 October, at 2 PM CET.
- 5 in-class or via Zoom lectures:
6.12./18.30 - 19.50/1x/ room 301
7.12./ 17.00 - 19.50/2x/room 301
9.12./ 17.00 - 19.50/ 2x/room 205

Zoom link: https://cuni-cz.zoom.us/j/94983933153

Reading and Online Assignments in Moodle.
Moodle Link: https://dl2.cuni.cz/user/index.php?id=4190

Participation in all classes is mandatory.

Israel’s conflicts with its Arab neighbours are diverse and varied, but are consistently underlined by one commonality: the struggle for territory. Concurrently, Israeli security policy has always been closely linked to predominant understandings of the strategic utility of territory. Nevertheless, how the Israeli public and decision-makers frame territory is fluid and has evolved over time. Sometimes, Israel has withdrawn from territory; on other occasions, policy-makers have deemed territorial control an existential issue that will determine Israel’s survival. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Israel’s politicians have vigorously debated whether to annex parts of the West Bank. Thus, by focusing on territorial withdrawals and non-withdrawals, this course traces the perceived and actual link between security and territory, in Israeli policy-making and society. This course is recommended for students seeking a deeper immersion in the Israel-Arab conflict. Additionally, this course will be particularly useful for students who seek to better understand a prolonged conflict that still shapes the Middle East and persistently captures the attention of audiences and decision-makers, across the globe.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (13.09.2021)

Course Objectives 


Students taking this course will gain a clear understanding of the following topics:


·         Critical assessments of Israeli security policy, from across the political spectrum.  

·         Ideological, territorial and security influences in Israeli policy-making.

·         Specific aspects of the Arab-Israel conflict pertaining to territory.

·         How Israel employs territory to achieve its security goals and how this has changed over the years and is still evolving today.

·         Why Israel has withdrawn from some territories, but not others.

·         Domestic divides within Israel concerning security and territorial policy.

·         How the West Bank affects, and is affected by, Israeli policy.  

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (13.09.2021)

Course Requirements

Required reading is compulsory BEFORE the lecture; further reading is highly recommended for each class and will be very helpful for the essays.

Because this is an intensive course, attendance at all classes is compulsory. None-attendance or an unauthorised absence will result in you failing the course.

Late essays will automatically have 5% of their grade deducted for each day after the submission deadline e.g. a late essay on the day of submission will lose 5%, an essay submitted the day after will lose 10% and so on. Late submission of the online assignments is not acceptable and will result in the student failing this part of the course.



Students will be evaluated in three key areas: (a) their attendance; (b) online assignments before the in-person lectures begin and; (c) their submission of one essay.

(A) Attendance will count towards 10% of your final grade and can be achieved by coming to every lecture. Each lecture will last around 50-60 minutes, with time for discussions and questions at the end. Though students are encouraged to speak in the post-lecture discussions, this is not mandatory; participation will be graded on a pass or fail basis.

(B) Online participation will count towards 30% of your final grade. Participation requires each student to complete two quizzes on the reading AND to write short policy brief.

Before the in-person lectures begin, the course will take place online. This part of the course will involve one Zoom lecture, where we will discuss the contemporary debate concerning Israel’s annexation of the West Bank.

Students will then have to prepare a policy brief that answers the following question:

·         What are the benefits and risks for Israel of annexing the West Bank?  

To answer this question, students should refer to the four online readings provided below (Lecture 1). Students should then upload their policy brief to Moodle.

Each policy brief should be no more than 500 words and no less than 400. You are not required to reference other articles and do not need to provide a bibliography. The policy briefs will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Submission date to be added on Moodle.

(C) After the lectures conclude, each student will submit a 1500-word essay, which will count for 60% of their final grade. Students may choose one of the four questions below:

·         Is Israeli territorial policy affected by security needs, ideology, or both?

·         What factors made Israel leave the entire Sinai in 1982?

·         Were Israel’s withdrawals from southern Lebanon and Gaza a mistake?

·         Could and should Israel still pursue the two-state solution?

Do not deviate from these essay titles by choosing or inventing your own. An office hour will be provided during the course’s lecture week, for any questions about the essays.  Essays may deviate from the word count by 10%; any more or less will incur a grade deduction. References are included in the word count, bibliographies and title pages are not. The essay deadline date and further information can be found on this course’s Moodle page. The essay will be graded according to the scale below:


·         91% and more: A (excellent performance; the student has shown originality and displayed an exceptional grasp of the material and a deep analytical understanding)

·         81-90%: B (very good performance; the student has mastered the material, understands the subject well and has shown some originality of thought and/or considerable effort)

·         71-80%: C (fair performance; the student has acquired an acceptable understanding of the material and essential subject matter of the course, but has not succeeded in translating this understanding into consistently creative or original work)

·         70% and lower: D (the student has barely succeeded in mastering the subject matter)

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (23.09.2020)

More in the syllabus.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (04.10.2021)

 Lectures and Seminars

Lectures and Seminars will take place via Zoom (the intro class) and in-class or via Zoom (in December)

Reading and assignments are available in Moodle.

Zoom link: https://cuni-cz.zoom.us/j/94983933153

Moodle Link: https://dl2.cuni.cz/user/index.php?id=4190


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