Arabic, English, Hebrew
- Fall: April 15—Extended to May 1
- Spring: October 15
About Diversity and Coexistence
Explore the intersections between identity, religion, nationalism and diversity in the city of coexistence Jerusalem. In the classroom, and through unique opportunities to engage with local communities, you will gain fresh insights on identity theory and politics of social movements in the Middle East, the United States, and around the world today.
Diversity and Coexistence Benefits
- Numerous scholarship opportunities are available for study at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Contact your program advisor for details.
- The program, located in the multicultural and ethnically diverse city of Jerusalem, allows students to interact with a wide variety of people of different backgrounds, religions, and diversity
- Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the intersections between identity, religion, community, nationalism and diversity and hone your skill to promote global understanding and social justice
- Take elective courses taught in English
- Program located at Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the Middle East's most prestigious universities
- Live and learn near Mount Scopus in the ancient city of Jerusalem, located within easy access to transportation, supermarkets, shopping, and eateries
- IFSA orientation covering important health, safety, and security topics pertaining to Israel
- Enjoy suite-style living with single bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom facilities, air conditioning, laundry facilities
- Outside of the classroom, you will participate in co-curricular activities designed to engage you with diverse communities and interrogate theories of identity and coexistence
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Academics at Diversity and Coexistence
The Diversity and Coexistence program invites you to examine the complexities of pluralism and how Israeli citizens from vastly different cultural and national backgrounds forge their identity as individuals and communities. The semester is comprised of a pre-semester language course, one required course, and electives for 20-21 credits total. The core course and electives are taught in English.
Diversity and Coexistence (3 U.S. semester credit hours): Resolving social tensions to attain harmony in a democratic society comprised of disparate social, religious, historical and cultural backgrounds is a global challenge today. This course examines the concepts of social identity, diversity, multiculturalism and coexistence. Israel's struggles to reach social cohesion, while positively celebrating its diversity, will be explored through field visits as well as guest lecturers, allowing students to meet with grassroots activists in relevant fields.
Modern Hebrew Language (Ulpan) (5 US semester credit hours)
- Students will be placed in Intensive Hebrew language study on one of four levels after taking a placement test on site.
Beginning Arabic (5-6 US semester credit hours)
- Students will be placed in a pre-semester beginners Arabic course.
Select a combinations of electives for a total of 12 credits. Not all electives may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment and faculty availability.
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Negotiating Middle East Peace (3 U.S. semester credit hours, fall semester only) This course focuses upon the topic of negotiations and conflict resolution in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1977 to present.
Issues in Israeli Society (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This course examines historical, social and political aspects of contemporary Israeli society. Class discussion will focus on social and political issues which are at the center of current debate in the country.
Challenges of Regional Cooperation-A Comparative Perspective (3 U.S. semester credit hours, fall semester only) The goal of this course is to explore the basic conceptual tools and competing theoretical arguments within the academic field of International Relations, which try to explain the nature, scope and degree of success of various regional cooperation schemes, and then apply them to the world around us.
Israeli Narratives of War and Peace (3 U.S. semester credit hours, spring semester only) This course will explore the way Israeli literature of war, violence and reconciliation opens a crucial window in understanding issues at the heart of the Israeli experience.
The Palestinians: Modern History and Society (3 U.S. semester credit hours) This course focuses on the rise and development of Palestinian nationalism and the changing nature of the Palestinian population and leadership since WWI. The course will also examine the social structure, the family, gender relations and the transformation of Palestinian society, as well as the prospects of peace and security in the Middle East.
Feminist Judaism, Theory and Practice (3 U.S. semester credit hours, fall semester only) Students will read some of the most important works of Jewish feminist critique with focus on contemporary issues that engage feminist Jews, women and men, such as rituals and language of prayer.
Independent Study (3 U.S. semester credit hours) The purpose of Independent Study is to afford the motivated student an opportunity to pursue an area of study in his/her major. Applicants for such study are expected to develop a sound rationale for their individual research project. Independent Study requires faculty guidance and must reflect an intensive research project.
Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context (3 U.S. semester credit hours) Through a creative asynchronous online format, this course facilitates active engagement with your host community, exploration of cultural identity and examination of diversity in the context of political, economic and sociocultural structures. This course is ideal for students seeking transferable skills and specific competencies for success in the global marketplace. Depending on your chosen IFSA program, this course may be taken as a part of or in addition to your full credit load. Home institution approval is required for enrollment.
Modern Hebrew Language (6 US semester credit hours)
Students can continue intensive Hebrew language studies after being placed in to one of six levels (Beginners to Upper Advanced).
- Fusha (Modern Standard Arabic): Students will be placed in one of three levels (Beginners to Advanced)
- Amia (colloquial Palestinian Arabic): Students will be placed in to one of three levels (Beginners to Advanced
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Multicultural Civic Education: The Case of Israel (2 U.S. semester credit hours, spring semester only) This course’s goal is to raise awareness towards issues of diversity and multiculturalism as part of the civic education process.
Trauma and Resilience (3 U.S. semester credit hours, spring semester only) This course will focus on psycho-trauma and resilience building in Israeli society, post-second Lebanon War and Operation Cast-Lead. A brief overview of the theoretical background of psycho trauma and resilience models, etiologies, and prevalence will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be placed on different coping methods, including spiritual and religious coping.
Cultural Pluralism or Multiculturalism: A Socio-Psychological Perspective (2 U.S. semester credit hours, spring semester only) This course will address aspects of pluralism and multiculturalism from a socio-psychological perspective. We will focus on various kinds of minorities in contemporary Israel society – immigrants (“Olim”), Palestinian Arabs, Israeli Druze, and others. We will analyze the complexity of biculturalism, and its relationship with psychological and socio-cultural adaptation.
Contemporary Antisemitism: Same Old or Something New? (3 U.S. semester credit hours, spring semester only) The course will address major issues in the history of Anti-Semitism in the last seventy years. A strong emphasis will be put on the Jews’ political, social and ideological responses to this hatred.
The Nuclear Challenge in International Security: The Middle East and Beyond (3 U.S. semester credit hours, spring semester only) The course is designed to enable students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the fast-paced developments in the field of international security by examining the major international security challenges facing the world today with a focus on Israel and the Middle East.
Introduction to Counter Terrorism (3 U.S. semester credit hours, spring semester only) This course provides a general introduction of the concept of 'counter-terrorism'. Students will consider the tensions between citizens' 'right to know' and the state's 'right to silence’ and examine journalistic practices when covering intelligence-related topics.
Human Rights in Israel (3 U.S. semester credit hours, fall semester only) This course will provide an explanation of human rights in both international and domestic contexts, and explore Israel's position and application of human rights. One of the following (or similar) is a recommended pre-req: Introduction to Law, International Law, International Human Rights, Modern Israel
Reporting Armed Conflict: The Middle East (3 U.S. semester credit hours, fall semester only) This seminar-based course focuses on the objectives, methods and consequences of media involvement in armed conflicts and the importance of armed conflict for the media, in both historical and contemporary perspectives.
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