• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof James Piscatori
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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The central focus of the course will be the forces for continuity and change in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the challenges facing efforts to sustain a viable and productive peace process. The course assumes, but does not require, fairly extensive knowledge of the Middle East including the historical context of the Arab-Israel conflict in general. Those students who have not studied politics in the Middle East at undergraduate level will be encouraged and assisted to broaden the scope of their reading. Initially the course will examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from four angles: the search for security and identity within national frameworks; the peace process; dealings between external factors, the broader Arab-Israeli conflict; and the political dynamics that brought about the demise of the Oslo process. The course will then examine final status issues that were supposed to be addressed through the Oslo process - especially refugees, Jerusalem, borders and sovereignty, resources and security. The course will conclude with a discussion of the micro and macro issues facing Palestinians and Israelis, and how they may impact on the prospects for peace.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Reach a better understanding of the key issues underlying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  2. Gain a comprehensive picture of the interaction of domestic and external actors and factors shaping the conflict.
  3. To encourage students to examine critically the positions of the parties and the ideas that have been advanced to deal with core unresolved issues.
  4.  Examine critically  how progress might be made towards resolving the conflict, against the background of contemporary political realities.
  5. Participate in discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.

Indicative Assessment

Mid-year In-class exam (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

Essay 4,000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Moderated Scenario Planning exercise & Brief, up to 1000 words per group participant. (20%) (10% group presentation & how well they worked together as a group; 10% assessment based on the written brief) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

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1 x 2 hour seminar each week over 12 weeks.

Students are expected to commit 10 hours per week (contact plus non-contact) for this course.

Preliminary Reading

E.W. Said, The Question of Palestine, Vintage Press, 1992.

I. Rabinovich, Waging Peace : Israel and the Arabs, 1948-2003. Princeton University Press, 2004.

A. Shlaim, The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World, W.W. Norton and Co., 2001.

Y. Sayigh, Armed Struggle and the Search for State: the Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993, Clarendon Press, 1997.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2251 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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