SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Palestine/Israel and the International

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Term 2

This module provides students with the relevant tools to undetake a critical study of Palestinian and Israeli politics in both a regional and international context. In the first part we focus on the emergence of Zionism, the impact of the British Mandate peirod, the Arab revolt of 1936-39 and the regional / international context of the 1947-49 and 1967 wars. In the second half we shift to the contemporary period to critically analyse the Oslo Accords, 2nd Intifada and international activism. We will also engage music, novels, poetry, and film related to the subject for a more nunaced understanding of concepts like nationalism, settler-colonialism, militarism, and collective memory.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the history of the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Understanding the roles and politics of international actors related to the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Apply and evaluate theoretical tools in the analysis of the Israeli-Arab conflict using concepts like nationalism, democracy, settler-colonialism, and militarism
  • Develop their analytical and critical skills, through the ideas discussed in the lectures and through individual research
  • Enhance their communication skills through seminar presentations and discussions in class


This module will be taught over 10 weeks with:

  • 2 hour seminars per week

Scope and syllabus

  1. Decolonisation and settler-colonial contexts
  2. Zionism: Ideology and Practice
  3. Colonial legacies: British Mandate  
  4. 1948 War and Nakba in a regional context
  5. 1967 Naksa to Camp David – regional shifts
  6. Palestinian revolution
  7. Israel US/EU relations
  8. Politics of the Oslo Accords
  9. Black, Indigenous and Palestinian solidarities
  10. Anti-apartheid movements - then and now  

Method of assessment

Assignment 1: Essay 40%
Assignment 2: Essay 60%


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