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IR4516: ARAB-ISRAELI RELATIONS (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16


Course Overview

The course will scrutinise the historical development, political characteristics and strategic condition of the most enduring and emotive conflict in the international system. The topics to be considered include the political impasse since 2003, the origins of the conflict, the wars and peace plans between 1948 and 1979, the nature and policies of the PLO and Hamas, the Peace Process 1993 - 2003, US - Israeli relations, the EU and the dispute, the 'peace partners': Egypt and Jordan, the 'rejectionist front': Syria and Iran, and prospects for the resolution of the conflict.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr James Wyllie

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of International Relations (IR) (Studied) or Politics (PI) (Studied) or MA European Studies (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will scrutinise the historical development, political characteristics and strategic condition of the most enduring and emotive conflict in the international system. The topics to be considered include the political impasse since 2003, the origins of the conflict, the wars and peace plans between 1948 and 1979, the nature and policies of the PLO and Hamas, the Peace Process 1993 - 2003, US - Israeli relations, the EU and the dispute, the 'peace partners': Egypt and Jordan, the 'rejectionist front': Syria and Iran, and prospects for the resolution of the conflict.

Further Information & Notes

Available only to students in Politics OR International Relations degrees.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour examination (60%); one 'in-class 1,500 word, approximately one and a half-hour, essay' (20%); and 1 'team presentation' (20%).

Resit: 1 three-hour examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

'Primary respondent teams' to each of the class 'team presentations' will be given non-assessed feedback on the quality of the insight and detail of their responses. The team presentations form part of the course summative assessment. However, for each team presentation there is a separate, 'primary respondent team'. While all students deliver a formal, detailed and sourced presentation (summative assessment), they are also required, in due course, on a different topic, to be a 'primary respondent'(ie. providing the first critique and starting class discussion) to another student's formal presentation. There will be commentary by the tutor on the strengths and weaknesses of all students' 'primary responses'. This will be formative in nature and the students' 'primary responses' will not be given CGS grades.

Feedback

Summative assessment: Written feedback on a tailored assessment document will be delivered within two weeks of the 'in-class ' essay, which takes place midway through the course. The 'team presentation' materials are available via MyAberdeen to the whole class the day before the delivery of the presentations. By the time of the class following any presentation, written feedback on a tailored assessment document will be returned to each member of the presentation team.

Formative assessment: Oral assessment of the performance of the primary respondent team will be given before the end of that class.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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