Day School: Israel-Palestine Conflict

Ref: C3741557

This single presentation will try to get beyond 'good'/'bad' stereotypes and bias to identify the core of the enduring contest between Israel and Palestinians. Each of the two 'sides' will be considered in terms of its internal realities, its aspirations and objectives, and its outside support. The central proposition will be that Israel could soon be ruling a population with a majority of non-Jews, raising questions about the Jewishness of the Israeli state - and about democracy. The conflict and its likely future trajectory figure importantly in wider unrest within the region and in relations between the Middle East and the 'West'.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To identify the main elements of the enduring conflict between Israel and Palestinians and to assess likely developments for the antagonists and for the wider world.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • A willingness to examine dispassionately several sides of a serious and complex struggle and to try to see how the Israel-Palestine conflict is critical.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • explain what the conflict between Israel and Palestinians is about.
  • appreciate the possible development of the conflict and its local and wider implications.
  • examine a very contentious issue in an analytical and dispassionate manner.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • This will be a seminar-style presentation in which participants will be welcome to contribute to the discussion.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The tutor will be happy to respond to follow-up questions and comments after the presentation.

What else do I need to know?

  • Notebook, pen, and an enquiring mind!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Take an understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict further by following developments in the press and media and in literature.

Download full course outline

Day School: Israel-Palestine Conflict Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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