The Israeli Palestinian Conflict from a Global Perspective

Course Description: 

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more than a persistent struggle for control over land or a religious clash. It also serves different functions for outside actors who inject the conflict with their own meanings and pursue their own interests. Conversely, the conflict is projected outwards, with ideas, identities and technologies emanating from the region travelling and impacting well outside of it. This course examines the Israel/Palestine conflict both on its own as well as through its intersections with wider actors and issues in global politics, drawing on a variety of scholarship to interrogate the different ways in which the conflict is globalised.

Learning Outcomes: 

The main teaching outcome is for students to gain the ability to approach cross-disciplinary and cross-contextual analysis in international politics. Students will also gain an understanding of the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the debates surrounding it and work to develop their critical assessment skills.


Students are expected to attend classes and actively participate in discussions. Students must read the required readings and give presentations on the recommended readings. Class presentations should critically analyse and contextualize the assigned readings, drawing on literature not listed in the syllabus.
Class participation: 15%
• Students should be actively involved in class discussions and to read ALL required reading.
• One paragraph length “Blurb” framing the seminar subject, to be sent on the Monday (see seminar 16 for example)
One short position Paper / editorial (600 - 800 words): 15%
• Students will choose an event or series of ongoing events related to the Israel/Palestine conflict, and analyse it using the frameworks and contexts that we cover in the course. They will distribute the paper amongst the class in advance for discussion.
• The position paper should be written as an editorial, advancing a clear argument and using conceptual tools in a clear, jargon free language.
One Class presentation: 20%
• Students will prepare a 15-minute class presentation that will analyse the course material from the given week. A good presentation should draw material from elsewhere in the syllabus as well as outside the syllabus and offer questions for further discussion.
Final paper (4000 words): 50%
• Research paper, the topic will be decided in consultation with the instructor.