The Evolution of the State of Israel: Enemies and Neighbours

Ref: C2342735

The course focuses on the conflict in the Middle East from the death of Nasser to the emergence of Netanyahu. The following themes will be studied during the course: 1. The death of Nasser and the events leading to the Yom Kippur War of 1973. 2. The Camp David agreements of 1978. 3. The wars in Lebanon 1978 and 1982. 4. The Palestinian Intifada of 1987 - 1993. 5. Israeli - Palestinian peacemaking in the 1990's. 6 The rise of political Islam - Hamas and Hezbollah. 7. The second Intifada and after 2000 – 2011

Course aim

Enemies and Neighbours. Understanding the continuing conflict between Israel and the Arabs: from Nasser to Netanyahu 1970-2011

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course is for anyone hoping to gain a better understanding of the conflict in the Middle East and is an extension of the earlier course on the Establishment of the State of Israel.

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

  • • To analyse the vacuum left by the death of Nasser in the cause of Arab Nationalism
  • • To explain the causes and consequences of the October War in 1973.
  • • To determine how the war in 1973 led to the peace in 1978.
  • • To investigate the origins and course of the wars in Lebanon, the Israeli public reaction and the withdrawal of the PLO
  • • To describe and evaluate the changing nature of the Arab and Palestinian opposition to Israel; from the emergence of the Intifada protests to the rise of political Islam

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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

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The Evolution of the State of Israel: Enemies and Neighbours

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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