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          BEGINNERS HEBREW

Beginners Hebrew 2 is a continuation course to the Hebrew ulpan (Beginners Hebrew 1), where further language and grammer topics are taught. The syllabus includes: broadening of vocabulary (prepositions, conjunctions, verbs, idioms), as well as teaching linguistic paradigms (construct forms, inflections of singular and plural nouns, numbers, lexical derivations, verbal nouns, direct and indirect speech).

          HEBREW 2

The aims are: broadening of vocabulary, improving written expression, introduction to the writing of summaries, reports and correspondence, with special emphasis on comprehension of scientific and technical articles. Note: This is a compulsory course exclusively for students who were not tested by the psychometric test in Hebrew and were directed to this course on the basis of a placement exam. Students who complete this course proceed to 324054 and 324055, both compulsory courses to be taken in any order the student chooses.
Courses 324052 and 324053 are congruent. The teacher may decide which of the two a student should take.

          HEBREW 3

The aims are: broadening of vocabulary, improving written expression, writing of summaries, reports, correspondence, and an introduction to history of the Hebrew language. Emphasis is on comprehension of scientific and technical articles.
Note: This is a compulsory course exclusively for students who were not tested by the psychometric test in Hebrew and were directed to this course on the basis of a placement exam. Students who complete this course proceed to 324054 and 324055, both compulsory courses to be taken in any order the student chooses.
Courses 324052 and 324053 are congruent. The teacher may decide which of the two a student should take.

          BIBLE (FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS)

Selected passages from the biblical narrative, Law and Prophetic writings. Note: Students who possess an Israeli matriculation certificate are not eligible for this course.

          HISTORY (FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS)

Selected topics from the history of the Second Temple Period, the Oral Law, the Spanish Period, the Era of Emancipation, and the Beginnings of Zionism. Note: Students who possess an Israeli matriculation certificate are not eligible for this course.

          KABBALAH AND HASIDUTH

The basic ideas of Kabbalah. The Kabbalistic ethical literature: the roots of Hasidism in Lurianic Kabbalah and Sabbataianism: the basic teaching of Hasidism about man and God, the Zaddik, Torah and Commandments, exile and redemption.

CURRENTS AND UNDER-CURRENTS IN HALAKHA: HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL DEVELOPMENTS

The course will review the principles of halakhic ruling from its historic foundations to its modern expressions. This will be done by studying several test cases from the domains of civil and family law. The transition from the medieval to modern times will be stressed by way of studying different genres of halakhic rulings. Comparisons with other systems will be made when applicable.

         BEIT HAMIDRASH 1

Prerequisites: ability to independently study a page of Talmud with the commentaries (Rashi, Tosafot, Alfasi, Maimonides and their commentaries).    
Problems of religion and state in Talmudic sources.

          BEIT HAMIDRASH 2

Prerequisites: see above Beit Midrash 1. Study of Tractate Sanhedrin and its comparison to earlier sources, primarily the Jerusalem Talmud, Toseftha,
Midrash Halacha, in light of the interpretations of earlier and latter day Halachic Authorities.

          BEIT HAMIDRASH 3

          BEIT HAMIDRASH 4

          BEIT HAMIDRASH 5

Prerequisites: ability to independently study a page of Talmud with the commentaries (Rashi, Tosafot, Alfasi, Maimonides and their commentaries).    
The course will focus on medical issues as they appear in Talmudic and Halachaic sources, particularly on problems of danger. operations, transplants, genetic engineering, etc. 

          INTRODUCTION TO KABBALAH

In this course we shall survey the history of Jewish mysticism, i.e., Kabbalah, its stages of development, treasure of documents and heroes. We shall learn the fundamentals of the deity doctrine of the Mekubalim and its reflection in their lives, thus attempting to understand the role of the Kabbalah in the history of the people of Israel in general, and in its cultural history in particular. We shall attempt to answer the question regarding the identity of the Jewish mystic: a scholar and a Tsadik or a revolutionist and an anarchist..

          JEWISH THOUGHT 2

The course will discuss basic concepts in Judaism such as life and death, will, faith, awe and fear, the world to come, marriage, Shabbat, love, Messianism and redemption, human history, prayer and the Torah.

          JEWISH THOUGHT 3

The course will discuss basic concepts in Judaism such as life and death, will, faith, awe and fear, the world to come, marriage, Shabbat, love, Messianism and redemption, human history, prayer and the Torah.

          JEWISH THOUGHT 4

Basic concepts in Judaism: life and death, will, faith, awe and fear, the world to come, marriage, Sabbath, love, Messianism and redemption, human history, prayer and Torah.
 

          JEWISH THOUGHT 5

Among the issues to be covered in this course are: Oral Law and its meaning, its adaptation and permanence, and its message for our times. Pharisees and Saducees. The Torah's attitude towards work and labor. The Torah's attitude to nature and aesthetics. Rationalism and the Sages of Israel through the generations (Rav Saadia Gaon, Maimonides, R. Sidah, Halevi, Maharal, R. Moshe Chaim Luzatto, R. Kook, and the Enlightenment). Hassidim and Mitnagdim. Philosophy. Mysticism and Torah. The scientific-technological revolution and its relationship with the Torah.

          JEWISH THOUGHT 6

Prerequisites: see above Beit Midrash 1. Study of Tractate Sanhedrin and its comparison to earlier sources, primarily the Jerusalem Talmud, Toseftha, Midrash Halacha, in light of the interpretations of earlier and latter day Halachic Authorities.

          BEIT MIDRASH 5

Prerequisites: mastery in reading the Talmud according to "Rishonim".
We shall study medical issues in Talmudic and Halacha'ic sources, with an emphasis on problems of danger in general, surgeries, transplants, genetic engineering, etc.

THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD IN THE BIBLE

The stories about the creation of the world, the garden of Eden, the Great Flood (Deluge) are fundamentals of the Western culture and study of the Bible in the modern era. Are they confirmable or refutable scientifically? What perceptions do they contain regarding Man and his place in the created world? These and other questions will be discussed based on a close reading of selected chapters.   

HOLY MATRIMONY IN THE BIBLICAL TRADITION

Divine sexuality and mating of gods and humans can be traced in cultures and literary pieces concerning the bible of all geographical and chronological aspects, from ancient Egypt to Christianity. The investigation of this phenomenon and survey of its accepted accounts lead to the analysis of its foundations in the bible and of the way monotheism deals with this challenging heritage.     

JEWISH WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE AGES

During the Middle Ages, women's status was marginal relatively to men's. However, this picture is by no means monotonous, and there were numerous significant exceptions. The course will look at various issues, such as manner and age of marriage, monogamy vs. polygamy, observing the Mitzvoth, violence and abuse of women. etc. This will be done while consistently comparing Jewish practices with their Muslim and Christian counterparts.      

JEWISH LITERATURE AT THE END OF ANCIENT TIMES

The classical cannon of the Rabbinical literature was compiled during the 500 years, from the 1st cnetury through the 6th century A.D., in both Erez Israel and Babylon. It consists of the Mishnah, the Tosefta, Halachaic Misdrashim and Agada, followed by both Talmudim - The Jerusalem and the Babilionian ones. The course will scheme these compositions while putting emphasis on selected issues discussed in them. The course does not require preliminary knowledge.   

WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY

An introduction to the unique character of philosophical thought and with the intellectual challenges it poses. We shall survey the major fields of philosophy and get acquainted with the fundamental questions characteristic of each. At the beginning of the course we shall discuss the general characteristics of philosophical thought and deal with the question regarding the value of philosophy versus science and religion. Then we shall deal with a number of key questions regarding the essence of reality, the mind-body problem, the freedom of will problem, the meaning of words, lack and justice, death as a philosophical problem, etc.      

MAIMONIDES ON RELIGION, SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY

Mainmonides dealt in his writings with the entirety of the fields of philosophy and science. He related to logic, physics, metaphysics, ethics, politics, epistemology, and theology. His thinking about these issues was based on an interpretation of early Jewish documents, in light of thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, and their disciples. The course will present his major ideas with regard to these issues and illustrate the way Maimonides combined his religious view with his scientific and philosophical knowledge. 

TORAH AND SCIENCE          

The central question dealt with by Jewish philosophers in the Middle Ages was that of the relation between Jewish tradition, which is based on divine revelation, and scientific thought, which is based on rational thinking. This course will focus on different ideas expressed in Jewish thought, their relevance to the scientific development achieved throughout the ages, and their effect on modern philosophy.    

          PHILOSOPHY AND MATHS

Subject: The epistemological and ontological sources of mathematics. Range: The crisis related to foundational paradoxes in mathematics, its influence on the development of various schools in philosophy of mathematics, the relationship between these schools and the school of general philosophy.

          PLATO - PHILOSOPHICAL NARRATIVE

The course deals with the rise of philosophical narrative and concentrates on the criticism by Plato of Greek poets in general and Homer in particular. Plato's premise that stories and myths teach the young negative moral values will also be discussed.

         SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MORAL

         

          IDEOLOGICAL BIASES IN SCIENCE

Social and religious ideologies have influenced the development of sciences. The conflict between the Church and Galileo, the religious objection to evolution theory (the Apes Trial). The influence of Lysenco on Soviet biology. The objections of social ideologies to biological psychology.

         ORIGIN OF LIFE

The course will focus on the question whether life resulted from natural, deterministic processes, or has come into being as a result of a miracle, or a unique event. We shall discuss this issue from both historical and contemporary viewpoints. In addition, we shall refer to both of these philosophical views in a survey of the history of ideas in this issue, and in an examintaion of current theories.

          INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE PHILOSOPHY

The beginnings of Chinese philosophy during the spring and autumn (772-481 bc.) warring states (481-221 bc.) periods. We will study the historical and intellectual background and development, and terms and themes such as humaneness, mind, and human nature, which constituted the philosophical discussion.

          PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

The philosophy of science involves critical examination of the sciences: their methods and results. In this course we shall get familiar with modern philosophical thought in general, basic issues in epistemology concerning the scientific method, and basic issues in metaphysics concerning the meaning of scientific results. In addition, we shall deal with the issue of the development of science.

          THE LIMIT AND LIMITATION OF SCIENCE

Science claims to broaden our knowledge of the material world. The course will deal with the limits of this knowledge in issues such as: (1) Constructing a model of the world: alternative systems of knowledge and belief; (2) Signs and signals directing decision making; (3) Differences between real science and pseudo-science; (4) pseudo-science motivated by political interests.
 

         THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE LIFE SCIENCES

The course will focus on the characterization of biological organization as a physico-chemical phenomenon, which is - nevertheless - uniquely biological. The problem of the reduction of biology to chemistry, the status of teleological explanations and the philosophical aspects of the origin of life, and evolutionary processes will be discussed.

         THE SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY OF DESCARTES

The course deals with issues raised in Descartes' scientific thought as expressed in his Logics of the First Philosophy: the concept of method and methodological doubt, the criterion of certainty, metaphysical dualism, the problem of error, the concept of god in Descartes' scientific thought and the Cartesian legacy in modern science (scientific realism, nature as a mechanism, the body-soul issue).

         SCIENCE AND VALUES

It is widely assumed that people make decisions on the basis of a fair knowledge of facts, but decision making is actually executed on the basis of people's attitude towards facts, that is, on the basis of their values. On the other hand, science concerns cognitive work, i.e., value-neutral cognition of facts. Thus, decisions cannot be based on scientific findings and science cannot be based on values. The course will discuss questions raised by this discrepancy between science and values.

          PRACTICAL RHETORIC

        Rhetoric is the art of the speaker's mastering the values and concepts of his audience. When it first came into being, rhetoric served various areas. In  addition to being a powerful political-legal tool, it functioned as an educational means and as a methodology in sciences and ethics. The course will deal with the process of rhetoric's practical and theoretical formation, and we shall a meta-textual analysis of works considered rhetoric beauties from ancient and near history.

        THE ART OF DEBATING

Debating is an intellectual game challenging rival groups to convince the audience to support a certain suggestion or oppose it. Practicing the game endows participants with oral expressiveness and persuasiveness, fast thinking and ability to speak under time limitations. During the course we shall learn the rules of the game and their relevance for success.        

        INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL JAPANESE

The course deals with the history of Japan since the genesis of the Japanese nation until the middle of the 19th century, with a special emphasis on the social, political, religious, and cultural developments that shaped traditional Japan.

        MODERN JAPANESE HISTORY

This lesson deals with the history of modern Japan since its opening to the west in the middle of the 19th Century until the present time, with a special emphasis on its modernization process, economic success, and contemporary society.

 

THE IMAGE OF THE NATIVE ISRAELI IN LITERATURE AND FILMS

Through discussing Israeli literature and films we shall examine the social, cultural, and political powers leading to the emergence of the myth of the "Tsabar" - the well-built man, born in the Israel's early days , as well as its fall during the last decades. We shall read works by Shamir, Yizhar, Kanyuk, Oz, and Keret, and watch adaptations of literary pieces for cinema.        

SOCIETY AND ART IN ISRAEL

 

The course consists of studying works of various fields of art by observation. discussions, and criticism.   

          ISRAELI SOCIETY THROUGH LITERATURE

This course deals with the reflection of Israeli society in selected pieces of Hebrew literature and with various literary techniques used to represent it: motifs, myths, symbols, characters, etc. 

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE SHORT STORY

The course seeks to involve the students in reading short stories, characterize this genre and endow students with basic literary concepts. We shall read a selection of stories and learn how to construct literary interpretations. In addition, we shall introduce literary concepts and structures, such as plot, protagonists, and points of view. We shall also deal with theoretical questions of literary text interpretation.      

THE PROSE OF I. BASHEVIS SINGER

The course will deal with stories written by Bashevis Singer about Poland before the ravage of the European Jewry. The works will be discussed based on Hebrew translations, while explaining their relation to the original works.     

          HEBREW LITERATURE AS A MORAL LABORATORY

Literature cerates a closed and protected fictional realm which can function as a moral laboratory within which we can conduct simulations and examine intuitions, conspiracies and moral values. In this course we shall examine the 20th century Hebrew literature in terms of its relation to morality. We shall study three groups of texts: war stories, life stories and stories of "the others". We shall read form Agnon, Brener, Yizhar, Kanyuk and A.B.Yehosuha.

          AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF JAZZ

The purpose of the course is to evaluate the cultural, social, and musical effects which contributed to the development of jazz and to understand the basic musical forms and rules upon which jazz musicians improvise, through guided listening to representative recordings of different periods, styles and major artists in jazz.

          SCIENCE FICTION IN FILMS

The course deals with the relevance of the science fiction film, the prevention of "future shock", and films' ability to illustrate the implications of future technological, biological and sociological developments. In addition, we shall discuss virtual reality and its implications, ethics determination in new areas, and Jungian aspects of science fiction and fantasy.     

VISUAL ART IN THE TIME OF THE HOLOCAUST

The purpose of the course is to introduce the unique artistic activity which took place in ghettos and camps during the time of the holocaust by exposing the students to the rich collection of the surviving visual art.   

THE HOLOCAUST IN VIEW OF CINEMA

The purpose of the course is to introduce the holocaust as reflected in cinema since the second half of the 20th century, as a continuous dialogue with the past.

          THE PSYCHOLOGY OF VISUAL PERCEPTION

The course deals with the following issues: The visual language - elements in film; the psychological-emotional influence of each element; the technique of watching films; what is a cinematic element; how to evaluate a film in comparison to a show or work of fiction; what is propaganda - how it is composed and how it is recognized; how is an effective picture, such as a book-cover, taken.

          THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC

The course will deal with different areas related to the influences of music on people's behavior. Among the topics to be discussed are psycho-acoustic basics, the way we react to music, the development of musical ability, extraordinary abilities, cognitive elements of musical performance, and the way music is used both for commercial and for health purposes.

          ASPECTS OF HUMOR

The course will discuss physiological, philosophical, theoretical, psychological, developmental, social and cultural aspects of humor, as well as types and techniques of generating humor.

          DON JUAN'S THEATRE

The myth of Don Juan has been the base for hundreds of artistic pieces in plastic art, literature and drama. The course will examine the essence of the myth and its influence on society, religion and art, particularly on drama. We shall study various plays, their ideal message and their performance.

          SHORT ISRAELI FICTION

This course deals with the characteristics of the short story genre and its devices as expressed in selected Israeli stories by young writers: Etgar Keret, Orly-Kastel Blum, Gidi Nevo, and others.

Humanities - דרך הרוח:

HISTORY OF MEDICINE AND MEDICINAL SUBSTANCES

The course surveys the evolution of medicine and pharmaceutics since prehistory, through ancient cultures (Egypt, the Bible, and the Jewish Sources), through the Classical Period (Greece and Rome), till the Middle Ages. We shall also deal with the use made by Middle Easterns of plants, animals and minerals for the purpose of improving their health during these periods. 

THE SPLIT PENINSULA: HISTORY AND POLITICS OF MODERN KOREA

The aim of the course it to discuss the processes which have shaped Modern Korea since the end of the 19th century until today.

 

THE CAIRO GENIZAH AND ITS HISTORICAL CONTRIBUTION

The course deals with the history of the Cahiro Genizah and its discovery, as well as its importance for the study of aspects of the Mediterranean society in general, and the Jewish communities in particular. We shall discuss the contribution of the Geniza to our knowledge concerning topics such as everyday life, leadership, professions, commerce in the Mediterranean Sea and with India, medicine and pharmaceutics, Erez Israel according to the Geniza, religion and tradition, and inter-religious relations. 

JEWISH LIFE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN IN THE MIDDLE AGES

The course deals with the history of the Cahiro Genizah and its discovery, as well as its importance for the study of aspects of the Mediterranean society in general, and the Jewish communities in particular. We shall discuss the contribution of the Geniza to our knowledge concerning topics such as everyday life, leadership, professions, commerce in the Mediterranean Sea and with India, medicine and pharmaceutics, Erez Israel according to the Geniza, religion and tradition, and inter-religious relations. 

THE BRITISH MANDATE IN PALESTINE

Today's geopolitical situation in the Middle East is a result of the history of the region bewteen the two world wars and of the dramatic changes occuring right after World War II. In Palestine, the Brtiish changed the country during those years, the Jewish settlement became a political entity, and the Palestinian-Arab identity was solidified.

MEETING CHARACTERS IN HEBREW POETRY

The course introduces and discusses sevreal of the most prominent characters in Israeli poetrty over the last five decades. It deals with poetic topics and the movement between the familiar and intimate on the one hand, and the public and political on the other. Poets discussed include Dalia Ravikovitch, Yehuda Amichai, David Avidan and Yona Wallach.

MUSIC OF THE BIG CITY

The course deals with the reflection of urbanization in descriptive musical pieces throuhgout history and music composed in prominent urban centers such as Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Saint Petersburg and New York.  It focuses on the characteristics of urban music, modern city as a creation site, passion, and a meeting point between different trends and nations.

THE MIDDLE EAST AT THE NEW AGE - CHANGES AND VICISSITUDES

The course aims to introduce students with historical thinking and establish the fundamental knowledge of the history of Middle East in the new age, as well as define basic concepts required for the understanding of the region and outline the central political events and social processes occuring in the region. The knowledge acuired in this course will function as a basis for further elaboration in more advanced courses.

CHRISTIANITY AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

What is - and what used to be - Christianity's appeal? The course deals with the historical develpoment of Christianity while constantly comparing its principles with those of Judaism. It makes a point of adopting a critical apporach while expressing sensitivity to different attitudes.

HISTORY AND POLITICS - MODERN KOREA

The aim of the course is to outline the processes which have formed modern Korea since the end of the 19th century.

THE RELATIONSHIP AMONG THE ARAB COUNTRIES

The course will deal with the development of the inter-Arab relationship, the geopolitical factors and identity perceptions affecting Arab countries' policies and their attitude towards Israel. In addition, we will discuss the role of the conflict over Palestine and the Arab-Israeli struggle in the foreign policy and internal politics of Arab countries, as well as the role played by Iran and Turkey and its influence in the regional arena.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: CONVEYING MESSAGES "BETWEEN THE LINES"

The course will deal with linguistic means allowing people to insert information "between the lines".  We will introduce ways for reconstructing knowledge hidden "between the lines" based on background knowledge common to interlocutors, their ability and preferences, and relevant information for the listener. We will apply these techniques on texts from authentic conversations and propaganda texts.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LOVE SONGS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO POP

The course will discuss the themes, symbols, motifs and ideas playing a central role in Western culture love songs from the Middle Ages until our days, while paying attention to the differences among love songs of different periods. The course will introduce the students with a variety of songs from the troubadour tradition, courtly love, Elizabethan lute song, German dawn of art, and contemporary singer-songwriter tradition. 

CREATION STORIES AND MYTHS IN ANCIENT EGYPT

The course will present the different myths from ancient Egypt dealing with the world creation, king and man, the struggle among different theologies, and the formnation of the first established monotheism. 

HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY - FROM CAMERA OBSCURA TO THE SMARTPHONE

The invention of photogrphay in the middle of the 19th century introduced a new medium to the world. Immediately after the invention of the first camera, peole started documenting reality and soon had to deal with new technical and aesthetic questions. During the course we shall follow the develpoment of photography as art and examine the mutual relations between photography and the other media.

PHOTOGRAPHIC PILGRIMAGE: THE HOLY LAND IN THE 19TH CENTURY THROUGH THE CAMERA EYE

The course will focus on 19th and turn of the 20th century photographs of Palestine , created by photographers coming  from Europe and the United States.  The main issue will ne that of messages those photographers sought to convey via their photographs, and the extent to which the photos constituted an authentic testimony to what happened in this space, or rather an alternative "recruited" reality, suiting their worldview and objectives.

 

ANCIENT WORLD'S HIGH-TECH

The course deals with the history of metallurgy in the ancient world, beginning with the intial use of metals about 6 thousands years ago, the production of copper items and special alloys as early as the Chalcolithic Period, the first industrial revolution in theearly Bronze Age, the shift from using arsenic copper to using an alloy of copper and tin during the Middle Bronze Age, bars and items in the Late Bronze Age, and the beginning of using iron.  

ORDER AND DISORDER AS EPISTEMOLOGICAL CONCEPTS

The course is aimed at examining the concepts of order and disorder in scientific, logical, ethical and aesthetic thinking. The central issues are: what is order and why is it essential for human thought? What is disorder and why is it desirable at times? What are the relations bewteen order and disorder? What are the typical orders of various fields of thought? Discussion will be accompanied by reading selected texts from classical as well contemporary philosophers.

THE PSYCHO-PHYSIO PROBLEM: BODY AND MIND

Everyone knows that one's will can operate one's body. However, scientific discussion teaches us that the body cannot move the mind into thinking to acting, and likewise the mind cannot move the body into acting, for according to scientific basic assumptions, physical causes have only physical effects. This notion has numerous explanations, some of which are contradictory in nature.

METAPHYSICS AND ETHICS: THE GOD OF PHILOSOPHERS

The concept of the "divine" was considered extremely important in the great metaphysics of the 17th century. This concept plays the role of a reason for the universe, but its meaning is different form the one common in traditional religious perceptions. We will discuss problems unique to the rationalistic metaphysics and the reasons for its reliance on the concept of God.  We will focus on the writings of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz and Berkeley.

ORIGINS OF WESTERN CULTURE

The course will contribute to laying a wide perspective regarding the development of Western culture, starting with Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Barbarian Invasions. The course will also deal with the decisive significance of Christianity and the Catholic Church, the rise of universities, the development of the Representation System and the establishment of parliaments, as well as the crusades - all processes and institutions developing in the Middle Ages which formed the fundamental concepts of Western culture. 

SCIENCE, CONSCIOUSNESS, ENTITIES, LOGIC AND VALUES

We shall review the area dealt with by philosophy and examine the nature of philosophical thought. We shall also ask what is philosophy of science. The course will discuss basic assumptions according to various approaches: rationalism (Descartes), empiricism (Leonardo da Vinci), scientific realism (Newton and Kepler), instrumentalism (Copernicus and Osiander). We shall also examine the way a scientific method is structured: prediction and explanation. 

THE MEDITERRANEAN HOUSE FROM A HISTORICAL-ARCHITECTURAL PERSPECTIVE

The course surveys chapters of the history of the architecture of the house around the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, from ancient times through today. In doing so, the course will follow the historical processes and cultural encounters shaping the accommodation culture of our region. A discussion will be dedicated to the question of historical unity of the Mediterranean region and to the concept of regional;ism in architecture.    

THE UNITED STATES AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN MODERN ERA

In this course we will show that the major immigration waves of Jews to the United States throughout 350 years, particularly from Eastern Europe, have had a significant effect on the Jewish people, and that they have formed a new reality both in political and economic terms, and in spiritual and cultural ones. The dominance of American Jewry has gained importance following the Holocaust and the loss of Jewish communities througout Europe.

PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE

The course deals with issues such as what philosophy is, the areas of discussion and the nature of philosophical thought, science as an investigation method and its metaphysical hypotheses, rationalism, empiricism, and scientific realism. We shall also discuss questions relating to instrumentalism, internal and external worlds, scientific controversies, experimental investigation, accuracy and optimality of the scientific law, its fomulation and relation to the prediction of Hertz and Einstein's approaches, deduction and induction, and Wittgenstein's thought.

MAN AND DOMESTICATED ANIMALS

The course surveys the linkage between man and animal thoughout human history and presents the stages of domestication of various animals. Classes are chronologically structured and include archeological, biological and historical surveys.

CULTURE, ART AND THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN MAN

The course will deal with the cultural changes Europe went through in the 14th and 15th centuries as manifested in art, focusing on Italian art. We will clarify through discussing art why the Rennaisance was defined as "the discovery of the world and of Man." Among the topics to be discussed are Platonism and Aristotleianism and their effect on art, the emergence of humanism in Italiy and its manifestation in art, "the New Art" of the Low Countries.  

JEWISH REBELLIONS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD FROM A  MODERN PERSPECTIVE

The course deals with a survey of Jewish rebellions in ancient world and discusses them in terms of modern historiography. The rebellions to be covered include the Maccabean Revolt, the Great Revolt, the Diaspora Revolt and the Bar Kokhba Revolt. We will discuss the revolts and their modern historiography and examine their effect on the Zionist ideology, the establishment of the State of Israel, and political life in contemporary Israel.

 

MUSIC OF THE 20TH CENTURY

The course will survey the revolutions and changes 20th century music underwent, effected by historical, social and technological events. World War I changed the 19th century music dramatically and brought about a new - alienated and non-communicative - language. World War II also effected major changes in aesthetical perceptions. The introduction of electronic music and of the copmuter has changed music dramtacially .  

THE HOLY LAND IN VIEW OF ART

The course will focus on one of the most fascinating eras in the hisotry of Christinatiy in the Holy Land and the changes the whole region underwent following the establishment of the new religion. We shall follow the change in Jerusalem's status, examine the relations between Jews and Chrsitians, and find out what happened to the Christian community with the rise of Isalm. We will answer questions relating to the importance of material culture for understanding political, religious and historical issues, and make use of archeological and artistic findings in order to comprehend the Zeitgeist.

MODERN ARABIC LITERATURE AND POLITICS

The course will deal with Arabic literature strating at the middle of the 20th century focusing on two major aspects: aesthtic and thematic. The mutual relationships between poetics and politics will be the focus of discussion and special emphasys will be placed on various concepts, such as censorship, freedom, irony, satire, grotesque, deformation, alienation, black humor, etc. We shall discuss texts representing moderrn Syrian literature in particular.

ARABIC AND OTHER LANGUAGES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The Middle East includes many lanuguages belonging to different groups. Some of the languages belong to the Semitic languages, while others belong to the Altaic languages (e.g. Turkish). Still others belong to the Indo-European group (e.g., Persian). There are a few living languages only little is known about. The course will deal with the history of the living and dead languages in our region, their characteristics and culture.

THE BIRTH OF WESTERN CULTURE: FROM THE FLOOD TO MUHAMMAD

The course surveys the history of Western culture, from Iran to the Atlantic Ocean, from Agrarian Revolution through the invention of script (Dawn of History), the rise of ancient empires, Greek and Roman cultures, and the rise of Monotheistic religions. The course's aim is to introduce the ancient world, see how it led to the development of central ideas and institutions, and ask how all of these still influence us today.

MADNESS, OBSESSION AND INSANITY IN LITERATURE

Madness is multi-faceted, even more so in literature. It is the motive behind the development of many plots and protagonists' behaviors, though its definition in literature is vaster and vaguer than its clinical definition, which is not uniform either. In the course we shall examine various texts where madness is the central motive behind the plot from the beginning of the 20th century till our time, in general literature and in Hebrew literature in particular.

A LOOK AT TALMUD AND MIDRASH

The course will provide a panoramic perspective on the Talmudic literature. We shall meet the fundamentals of that literature in two phases: first, by means of small, seemingly anecdotal, stories; then by looking into several basic issues which still underlie tenses in contemporary Jewish and Israeli society. We shall also acquire basic tools for studying the Talmudic literature and learn to be familiar with existing computerized an online tools.

THE  RISE AND FALL OF IMPERIALISM

The course is aimed at endowing knowledge and understanding of the processes of Europe's gaining control of vast areas in other continents and its losing its territorial assets, from the beginning of the discovery age in the 15th century till the collapse of the Soviet Union. We shall discuss the immigration to the colonies, the mutual relations between rulers and their subjects, slave trade, missionaries, aspects of gender and representation of imperialism in literature and cinema. The course will relate to the implications of the European imperialism on our contemporary world.  

MAJOR ISSUES IN THE MEANING OF LIFE

The course will introduce central issues under discussion about the meaning - or lack of meaning - of life.  Among other issues, we will discuss the meaning of the notion of "meaningful life", determinism and the meaning of life, the relation between meaningful life and happiness, the relation between morality and meaningfulness, death and the meaning of life, the meaning of life and relativism, the meaning of life and luck, ways of finding and enhancing the meaning of life, the meaning of life and pessimism, and religion and the meaning of life.

FROM MODERNISM TO REBELLIOUSNESS: 16TH CENTURY ART

The course will deal with the changes Europe went through in the 16th century and their expression in art. We shall discuss topics such as the emergence of the ideal of personal expression, the Reformation and its implication on culture and art. We will emphasize the surprising modernity of the art of mannerism, criticized for centuries, which is considered today as one of the freshest and most innovative creative periods in history. Among the artists to be discussed in the course are Rafael, Michelangelo and Titian. 

        Other humanistic courses:

          ENGLISH FICTION AS A TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION IN ENGLISH

          English conversation held in response to reading English and American short fiction.  

          FREEHAND DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS

The aim of the course is to develop the basic ability of practical freehand drawing - a basic technique for all kinds of arts. The course will teach basic theoretical and practical lessons in drawing/sketching of different objects: basic forms, still-life, complex composition. Applications: possible immediate application to the field of technology. The course will provide the basis for advanced art studies.

DRAWING, PAINTING AND COLOR

The course endows students with basic knowledge in the fundamentals of painting and skills in figurative painting of objects and landscapes using color.

          PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

The objective of the course is developing the initial ability of practical painting, teaching the concepts and principles of the art of painting, and endowing students with the basic ability of painting different objects: basic shapes, still life, complex objects (landscape), presenting light and shade, aerial perspective, composition, etc.
Students will also acquire the technique of aquarelle painting.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - LANGUAGE AND TOOLS

This workshop focuses on developing the observation ability of students and its application, and teaches the photography language and techniques. such as light, point of view, timing, and composition, along with correction and manipulation of a picture. The workshop will integrate in-class and outdoors supervised practice and will introduce a variety of topics, including self portrait, still life, nature and urban photographs. 

         MUSIC AND THEATER IN THE 20TH CENTURY

The course deals with music in the theatrical context: compositions based on literature, ballet, and musicals in the 20th century.

          MUSIC OF THE WORLD

A panoramic view of different musical cultures: music of the Indians of North America, Cuban, Brazilian, Bolivian, Irish, Spanish, Greek and African music.

         MUSIC IN THE 20TH CENTURY

The course will discuss musical genres and languages and the search for modern ways for musical expression. In addition, it will survey artistic music through instructed listening, reference to rock and jazz and the relations between them and artistic music and to the issue of ethnic music.

          INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC UNTIL THE 20TH CENTURY

The course will concern the development of Western artistic music since the Middle Ages until the end of the 20th century. An emphasis will be placed on style, survey of the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Classical period and Romanticism, stressing the salient composers of each period.

          FOUNDATION OF INDIAN ART

The development of Indian art and culture from the Indus Valley civilization to the nineteen century, emphasizing the historical background, religion and society. The development and iconography of the statue of the Buddha. Buddhist art and architecture. Hinduism, its iconography and architecture. Indian paintings. Foreign influence, Mesopotamia, Hellenism and Islam.

          FOUNDATION OF JAPANESE ART

Foundations of Japanese art and civilization: a review of Japanese sculpture, painting and architecture with respect to history and society: emphasis of aesthetical, social and religious elements.

         FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC

          An introduction to listening to classical music, basic concepts of orchestration, style and form, including representative examples and musical analysis of  musical pieces. 

          FRENCH CULTURE

The course deals with aesthetic theories, themes, symbols and common methods manifested in the works of 19th century writers, poets and painters, focusing on the Impressionist painters and on contemporary literary images. 

SPACE AND PLACE IN ISRAELI FILMS    

The course deals with descriptions of Israeli landscape and its artistic meaning in Israeli fiction films, as displayed on TV and in films of various periods and genres.

         THE ART OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Abstract art in Europe in the first three decades of the twentieth century, the works of the artists: Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondriaan. Abstract art in the United States after the Second World War, especially Abstract Expressionism: Pollock, De Kooning and others.

          INTRODUCTION TO MODERN ART

Modern art is characterized by lack of uniformity and a "Rashomon" with regard to reality. We shall discuss the positivistic aspect of this art as expressed in Cubism, Constructivism, and the International style as opposed to the negative aspect, formulated by Dada and the transfer to the irrational, the Surrealistic. We shall discuss the works of artists identified with these movements, such as Picasso, Matisse, Brncusi, Moore, Mondrian, Magritte, and others.

RENAISSANCE IN NORTHERN EUROPE

The course looks at Renaissance art in Northern Europe, developed in the 15ht and 16th centuries in European countries other than Italy, France, Germany, England, Spain and the Low Countries. The northern Renaissance is a special cultural phenomenon, reflecting the penetration of free humanistic thought into the essence of life and the world. The course deals with the formation of national artistic schools in Europe during the Renaissance, as well as with the development of a Renaissance perception in the art of major painters, such as Dürer, Holbein, Bruegel and El Greco.   

          ISRAELI DRAMA

The course will consist of two components: 1. Theoretical - introduction to drama and theatre, students will acquire basic concepts for analysing plays through watching and reading a selection of plays from drama from the world and from Israel. 2. Applying the theoretical introduction to a selection of Israeli plays in their socio-political context.

          PETER BROOK'S DIRECTING

An introduction to director Peter Brook's work and aesthetic perceptions. Several of his films and plays will be watched, with emphasis on selected issues, such as his late work in Paris since 1970, at the foundation of the research and creation centers, and the performance of "Mahabarata", 1989.

          THE PRINCIPLES OF DRAMATIC WRITING

An attempt to define the principles of play writing along with the practice of writing. The writing of monologues, dialogues, skits, scenes, and finally, a full length play. Preparation of original skits for the dramatic circle.

          FRENCH LITERATURE

Maupassant - The course deals with the analysis of the narrative structures and stylistic devices of Maupassant's short stories and their impact on subsequent evolution of the genre in Europe.
 

WHO'S AFRAID OF HANOCH LEVIN?

Hanoch Levin (1943-1999), who started as "a sewer satirist", is considered today, after his death, as the most prominent and influential Israeli dramatist of the 20th century. During the course we shall read Levin's dramatic works, enjoy his juicy dialogues, follow the characteristics of his unique world, and attempt at understanding the secret of his extraordinary nature. 

INTRODUCTION TO THE DRAMATIC WORK OF SHAKESPEARE

The course provides a general picture of Shakespeare's dramatic work and period. We shall analyze some of his best known plays.

          CHRISTIAN - MOSLEM ARCHEOLOGY

The course will shed light on Christian and Islamic art in Israel from the 4th through the 19th centuries. During the course, the Beit-Alfa Synagogue, Kafer-Nahum church, White Mosque in Ramle, and other impressive monuments existing in Israel will be discussed. These findings will be compared with others found in the main centers of Christian and Islamic cultures.
 

          FRENCH CULTURE

          19th century France: history, institutions, literature, art and politics.

          SHAKESPEARE

We shall watch various Shakespearean plays adapted to cinema and examine them. Shakespeare's plays have been granted a canonical status all over the world and have been adapted a lot in theatre, the movies, music and dance. We shall discuss issues raised by these plays as well as the ways they are dealt with artistically.

          FOLKLORE AND MYSTERY

The aim of the course is to examine super-natural phenomena taking part in Jewish culture, which are expressed in fiction, customs, proverbs and folk beliefs, year and life cycles (pregnancy, birth, marriage, death). We shall examine phenomena such as spirits, ghosts and witchcraft. We shall also discuss the role and status of these phenomena in a socio-cultural system of various population strata and ethnic groups in contemporary Israel.

          CHOIR - VOICE DEVELOPMENT

          The course endows students with the foundations of vocal music and works on voice development.

          CHOIR 3

The course teaches the art of music and singing in a method combining theory and illustration. Course themes will include musical theory, harmony, counterpoint, the history of music, solfege, voice development, diction, ear training and musical analysis. Attendance at all classes is compulsory. In order to register for the course the student must pass a practical exam. A vocal piece should be prepared for the entrance exam. It is recommended that the student already have knowledge of reading music. Classes will take place at the Churchill Auditorium.

         TECHNION SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

This course deals with learning skills in orchestral playing and preparing symphonic pieces to perform. We shall be working on a varied repertory, including accompaniment by soloists and the choir. Attendance at all classes is compulsory. In order to register for the course the student must pass a practical exam. Classes will take place at the Churchill Auditorium.

To arrange the practical exam, please call the secretary: 04-829-2735.   

          JAZZ BIGBAND WORKSHOP

Practical examination for new participants.
The purpose of the course is the creation of a jazz ensemble which will perform music from the classical jazz repertoire as well as pieces composed by the students themselves. Participants will master different types and techniques of arrangements.

          JAZZ IMPROVISATION FOR BEGINNERS

Practical examination for new participants.
The purpose of the course is to teach the theoretical and practical elements of jazz improvisation, develop improvisational ability on standards from the jazz repertoire, and to learn the instrumental roles within the jazz combo through guided listening to recordings of distinguished jazz artists.

          JAZZ IMPROVISATION (ADVANCED)

The objective of the course is forming an active jazz ensemble while widening and deepening the theoretical and practical knowledge in improvisation, developing the sense of rhythm and time, and expanding musical interaction among players apparent in recordings of various jazz ensembles. Topics covered will include jazz scales, harmony, transcription and analysis of famous jazz players' improvisations, and integrating elements from them in playing and improvising.
Prerequisites: Students with background in improvisation who have passed an initial screening, including playing a classical piece as well as two jazz pieces with improvisation.
 

          CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

The course is intended to provide theoretical and practical knowledge required for the performance of vocal music in a chamber ensemble. Focus will be placed on individual voice development, solfege, acquiring a vocal repertory and preparing for performances.    

 In order to register for the course the student must pass a practical exam. Classes will take place at the Churchill Auditorium.

          DRAMA GROUP

Preparation for the stage presentation: the basics of the actor and his/her collective group. Relationships between the actors. The individual character finding his/her physical and emotional place on the stage, in the story, with the other characters and inside himself/herself. A workshop will be held in order to develop the actors' imagination and creation by means of improvisation.

         CHOREOGRAPHY - MOVEMENT WORKSHOP

This course deals with the development of creative composition in movement and the possibility of self-expression in dance. The course, as a workshop, will enable students to participate in choreographic creation through improvised exercises combining texts, accessories, images and music. Its goal is to form a representative dancing ensemble. Registration will be done manually following screening exams. The course is intended for female students who have accumulated up to 60 points.  

          VOCAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

This course deals with the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical skills for the performance of vocal music in a chamber ensemble: individual voice training, solfege, acquisition of a varied repertoire and preparation for performances.
Prerequisites: Reading notes, experience in choir singing. 

          ACTING AND DIRECTING IN THE THEATRE

The course will refer to the foundations of acting, a basic study of a place, working on characters, objects, exactness. We shall attempt to stage original pieces written by the students and will handle group work, through which we will acquire knowledge in directing, working with actors, stage arrangement. Each of the students will have the opportunity to take any of the roles.
The aim of the course is to produce a complete play at the end of the semester.

          ADVANCED THEATRE WORKSHOP

Students who have taken one semestrial course of the "Basics" or of "Acting and Directing" will take part in this workshop aimed at producing plays: accurate work with texts and the process of their production on stage before an audience.

          PRODUCTION WORKSHOP 2

Either one of the basic one semester courses "Acting and Directing" or "Drama" enable students to participate in this play production workshop. Creativity and close adherence to text will be emphasized. Original plays will be produced by students.

          PRODUCTION WORKSHOP 3

Students who have acquired the basics in the courses of "playing and directing" and "drama", for at least one semester, will be allowed to take part in this workshop, designated to produce plays. This will include work on precision with texts and on the process of their production on stage. Students will be allowed to raise original ideas.

          HOW TO WRITE A REPORT 

Improvement of technical writing, acquiring acceptable conventions of report writing, laboratory diaries, abstracts, etc. An emphasis will be put on the salient elements of scientific writing.

ACADEMIC WRITING IN HEBREW

The purpose of the course is to endow the students with skills related to reading sceintific articles and writing academic papers while analyzing texts relevant to students' fields of study. We shall focus on accurate organization of texts, accepted academic writng practices, and use of appropriate language. 

          COMMUNICATING IN ENGLISH

This undergraduate, post Technical English course will enable students to develop presentation, speaking and writing skills by exposing them to the practical materials and situations necessary for functioning in professional settings. A significant amount of class time will be devoted to speaking and simulations. Part of the course requirements are written assignments. Only students who have been exempted from English or passed Technical English with a minimum of 75 will be accepted to the course, following an interview with the teacher. This course is meant for 3rd and 4th year students.

 

          ADVANCED ENGLISH CONVERSATION

           The class meetings will include spontaneous discussion in idiomatic English with compatible syntax. In addition, the course will require work in the CALL lab, using recorded programs fitting the students' area of specialization. The group conversation is based on social stimuli, video recordings, and texts studying idioms and useful words. The course is intended for advanced undergraduates and registration is performed following an interview.        

Prerequisites: 324012 - TECHNICAL ENGLISH.

         PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH FOR THE WORKPLACE

Prerequisites: 324012 and personal interview.
Grading on basis of assignments. This advanced course is designed to improve the speaking and writing skills of Technion students whose future professional positions in scientific and high technology fields will demand a mastery of English. Students will receive instruction and will practice discussion techniques, oral presentation, etc. Various types of written business and technical communications will also be covered.

          JAPANESE FOR BEGINNERS

The course includes an introduction to the history and characteristics of the Japanese language, the two phonetic writing systems, study of 50-100 Chinese characters (kanji), study of the structure of the Japanese sentence, practice of conversation regarding basic daily life situations, and reading of short dialogues.

JAPANESE FOR BEGINNERS 1

A continuance course to Japanese for Beginners (324602). This course will deal with basic speaking, learning the Hiragana and Katakana scripts, and acquiring 100 Chinese characters.

          JAPANESE 2

The course includes intensive acquisition of Japanese grammar, the study of an additional phonetic writing system (Hiragana), learning of additional 100 Kanji, and maintenance of basic conversation skills.

          GERMAN 1 (BEGINNERS)

Acquisition of basic spoken German, reading and writing.

          GERMAN 2 (BEGINNERS)

          GERMAN (ADVANCED) 2

This course is destined for students who have completed both courses for beginners and have knowledge in reading, writing and grammar.

          GERMAN 3 (INTERMEDIATE)

Acquisition of the language at intermediate level.

          FRENCH 11

This course is intended for beginners only. The course gives a basic knowledge of the spoken language.

          FRENCH 22

Grading on basis of semestral folow-up mid- semestral examination and final examination. This course is intended for students who completed French 11.

          FRENCH 3

This course develops the knowledge of the written and spoken language. Students are introduced to French literature.

          RUSSIAN 1 (BEGINNERS)

Acquisition of basic Russian.

          RUSSIAN 2 (INTERMEDIATE - AUDIOVISUAL)

Acquisition of the Russian language at a higher level of beginners.

          RUSSIAN (ADVANCED) – 1

The course aims at endowing students with advanced knowledge in the Russian language

          ARABIC 1 (BEGINNERS)

The course will deal with Arabic as used in the media: newspapers, T.V. and the radio.

          ARABIC 2

The course is intended to enable students to communicate in the colloquial dialect (urban Jerusalem dialect) used in the country at an intermediate level. Marks are determined by noting progress during the term and a final examination.

          LITERARY ARABIC 1 (BEGINNERS)

          LITERARY ARABIC

Standard written Arabic (Literary Arabic) is intended for students with some background in the language. The course includes reading news and short articles of newspapers, listening drills and oral discussions.

          ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS 1

Acquisition of the basic Italian language.

          ADVANCED ITALIAN

Acquisition of the language at a level higher than beginners.

          INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN

Prerequisites: 324630 - ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS 1,
324631 - ADVANCED ITALIAN.

          BASIC COURSE OF ESPERANTO

Esperanto-culture in Israel and in the world.

          YIDDISH

Acquisition of the basic language and reading different texts.

          SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS

Acquisition of basic Spanish.

          INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

Spanish language at a higher level than beginners.

          CHINESE FOR BEGINNERS

The purpose of this course, designed for beginners, is to enable the student to communicate in Chinese for everyday purposes. As well as emphasis on oral communication, it offers the student the basic elements required for further advanced study of the language.

 

ADVANCED CHINESE

 

In this course we shall first revise material taught at the Beginners' course, including grammatical rules of the Chinese language. The course will focus on expanding students' vocabulary and practicing the usage of both old and new grammatical structures. Emphasis will continue to be placed on spoken language, side by side with some exposure to reading and writing.    

ISRAELI SIGN LANGUAGE

The purpose of this course is to endow students with comprehension and production abilities of basic structures and basic vocabulary in sign language. It seeks to develop communication ability with the sign-language speaking deaf. In addition, we shall clarify general topics related to the culture of the deaf community.    

          INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION IN THE COMPUTER AGE

          LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

The course includes discussions on the elements of language, the notions of mother tongue acquisition, second language learning, bilingualism and multilingualism, and their effect on society and individuals, speech and language deficiencies and their possible (physiological) origins, problems in speech synthesis from the acoustical and physical aspects.

          INTELLIGENCE AND FOREIGN POLICY

The purpose of the course is to study the strategic intelligence discipline and its contribution to decision making in foreign policy. Intelligence collection and analysis, the problematic of providing early warning and the strategy of surprise will be studied.

          MIDDLE EAST, NATIONALISM AND RELIGION

Nationalism, religion and minorities in the contemporary Arab world: the complex human mosaic of the middle east and its social, religious and ethnic components, the emergence of nationalism and its origins, national movements, their religious affiliation and their attitudes towards minorities, pan Arabism, pan Islam and minorities, aspirations of minorities for autonomy and independence attempts made by the Arab states to build their national identity while coping with their minority problems.

          THE ISRAELI - ARAB CONFLICT

The course will discuss the origins of the Arab-Jewish conflict and its aggravation in Mandatory Palestine. The establishment of the PLO and the Palestinian guerilla organizations. The 1956, 1967 and 1973 wars. The conflict and the Middle Eastern and global inter-state relations, from the Lebanon war to the Madrid talks. Attempts at settlement of the conflict and the peace accords.

THE HISTORY OF ISLAM

The course the history and development of Islam form its beginning to our days

NATIONALISM AND RELIGION IN TODAY'S ARAB WORLD

The course will discuss nationalism, religion and minorities in today's Arab world. It will introduce the complex human mosaic of the Middle East and its social and ethnic characteristics. In addition, we shall discuss the emergence of nationalism and its origins, nationalistic movements - their affinity to religion and their attitude to minorities, Pan-Arabism, Pan-Islam, minorities' aspirations for autonomy and independence, and Arab states' attempts at formulating their national identity while coping with internal minorities problems.     

PSYCHOLOGICAL COMBAT / PROPAGANDA FOR INFORMATION WARFARE

The course deals with psychological warfare as a central constituent of managing conflicts. It reveals the constituents of the field throughout the years and focus on wars of the 20th century. We shall analyze propaganda products such as pamphlets, posters, films, caricatures, etc.    

          CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

         The course deals with fundamental aspects of social-cultural anthropology. The course will introduce theoretical perspectives and anthropological research methods and discuss examples from field studies.    

          POLITICS AND IDEOLOGY

Game-rules of politics, techniques of government, the practical political use of ideology and values. The possibility of a non-ideological discussion about politics. Political theory and policy-making. The difference between political science and practical policy.

         ADJUSTMENT TO STRESSFUL SITUATIONS

The course covers major stress theories. Concepts and theories related to optimal functioning in an academic environment will be emphasized. Skills for developing functional thinking, time management and relaxation related concentration and memory will be presented and practiced. Note: in order to derive maximum benefit from the course it is recommended to be taken during the first year of study.

         INTRODUCTION TO ISRAELI LAW SYSTEM

Source of Israeli law system, the Ottoman law transfer to British mandate, the source of English law, the Palestine order-in-council 1922. State of Israel. Law and administration (1948), codification of new Israeli law. The court system in Israel, practice and procedures.

 

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW IN ISRAEL

 

The course deals with selected issues in patent and employment laws.

         ARCHEOLOGY OF ISRAEL

The development of archaeology in Israel from the 9th to the 2nd millennia B.C.E. is described. The following topics will be discussed: science of archaeology, the invention of agriculture and towns, art, economic, technical and social developments. The course includes visits to a site or a museum.

ISRAEL IN VIEW OF ARCHEOLOGY

The course will introduce selected chapters of the history of Israel as part of the Middle East un ancient eras. It will include excursions to Megiddo and Beit She'arim. Students are required to submit a paper. The syllabus includes the following issues: archeology as science, the invention of agriculture, domestication and crockery; Jericho - the most ancient city and its contemporary settlements; the use of copper and its implications; the Middle Eastern craft; the beginning of urbanization in Israel; the 2nd millennium in Canaan - prosperity and destruction; the kingship era.       

         SUBJECTS IN THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL

The course emphasizes the development of Israel, since the end of the Independence War until the Yom Kippur war. We shall survey its military aspects: the revenge operations period, the Sinai War, the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War, as well as several social and sociological aspects.

          INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

The course deals with international relations as a scientific field, at the levels of the international system, the state and decision makers. Among the topics covered are means in international relations, diplomacy, intelligence, non-military forcing means, wars, the nuclear dimension in international relations and international organizations.

         ENTREPRENEURSHIP 1

Various speakers will discuss the following topics: The role of entrepreneurship in Israeli economy, innovation, technology and growth, conducting an applicability survey, support systems, business law, technological news, patents and patent registration, motivation for entrepreneurship, creative thinking, information sources and market survey, event analysis.

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