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Every year, the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies sponsors a variety of courses related in modern Israel in departments across campus. These courses qualify for the Israel Studies minor offered by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and may qualify for other majors and minors. More information on the Israel Studies minor can be found on the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department website. Search for classes below.


Spring 2021 – Center-Sponsored Courses


Global Studies 160 – Selected Topics in Global Studies: Conflict over Israel-Palestine
Tue/Thu | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Instructor:Dov Waxman
Course Description: Conflict over Israel-Palestine is one of longest, most intractable conflicts in world, and perhaps most controversial. Study covers century-long history of conflict from its outbreak in 1920s up to present day. Examination of dynamic evolution of conflict, major events that have shaped it, involvement of external actors, diplomatic efforts made to resolve it, and main issues that currently prevent resolution of conflict. Study assesses different possibilities for resolving, transforming, or mitigating conflict. Rather than trying to show that one party is right or wrong, study tries to illuminate how and why various parties in this conflict have thought and acted as they did. Consideration of how global events and developments impact conflict over Israel-Palestine.

Political Science 139 – Special Studies in International Relations: Populism, Polarization, and Crisis of Representation: Israeli Politics as Case Study of Global Trends
Tue/Thu | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM 
Instructor: Liron Lavi
Course Description: Populism and political polarization surge in democracies around world as citizen dissatisfaction with democracy grows rapidly. Do these trends amount to crisis of representative democracy? Discussion of rise of political polarization, emergence of right and left populism around world, and their effect on different aspects of political representation. Focus on Israel as case study. Examination of populism and polarization in Israeli political history and their current manifestations. Study assesses remedies for crisis of democracy including institutional reforms, renewed forms of participation, and rise of representation by nonpolitical actors.


 For questions whether a course will count toward another major or minor, please consult your departmental Student Affairs Officer.



Search for classes below related to Israel in a wide range of disciplines. Select academic year and quarter to view course offerings.