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IR3303   The Arab - Israeli Conflict

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 9.00 am Wed

This module is a primer for all students wishing to explore the complexities of the ArabIsraeli conflict from its origins to its recent evolution. The module analyses local, regional and international dimensions of the conflict, drawing upon historical and critical frameworks. The module addresses the themes of war, secular and religious ideologies, and the importance of history, identity and discourse in the conflict.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture (x 11 weeks), 1 tutorial (x 10 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 23

Guided independent study hours: 270

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr J K N Gani
Module teaching staff: Dr J Gani

Intended learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the concept of coloniality, how it provides a foundational framework for understanding this topic, and the way in which the Israel-Palestine case is at the forefront of debates in postcolonial and settler-colonial studies;
  • An understanding of the literature and historiography of the Israeli-Palestinian ‘conflict’, and an ability to analyse and critique scholarly arguments;
  • An understanding of the origins and developments of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, at the local, regional and international levels;
  • An ability to develop critical, balanced and well-informed arguments on the conflict through combined use of theory, historical analysis and empirical examples;
  • An ability to evaluate the roles of both state and non-state actors in the conflict;
  • An ability to identify the value and limitations of mainstream theory in relation to the Israeli Palestinian conflict;