Religion, Nation and the State: The Politics of Democracy in Israel
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
When offered: May 2011
Application Deadline: November 12, 2010
Current Application Information, Advising Hours, and Study Abroad Deadlines are available on the following page: General ICA Information
This three-week intensive course abroad takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Israel as a democracy and as a Jewish state. The complexities of state/religion issues will be examined through the issues regarding personal status (marriage, divorce, conversion), women, the situation of religious and ethnic minorities in Israel (Arabs, Druze, Bedouin), military service and exemption, and the status of disputed territories in teh Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Students will travel to Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, and the Negev, visit historical and religious sites, and meet with lay and religious leaders from across the political and religious spectrum, journalists, academics, and MKs. This course includes a seven-week, 1.5 credit course during the spring 2011 semester on the history of Zionism, a site visit to the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., case studies of countries whose identities are defined by religion/state issues, as well as films and literature that provide background for understanding the politics and society of Israel.
Eligibility and Prerequisites:
Applicants should have sophomore standing and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants are encouraged to speak with Professors Amalia Honick and Jerome Copulsky before submitting an application.
The tentative cost of the program is $4,200-4,500 (the specific fee will be determined once more logistics have been arranged). This fee includes lodging, airfare, some meals, transportation within Israel, seminars, entrance fees, and insurance.
All students are eligible to apply for OIS scholarships. There is a scholarship section on the main application form in each program application packet. Loans are also available to eligible students through the Financial Aid Office in SAS. Students who qualify for the $1,200 study abroad voucher are able to apply the voucher to the cost of this program.