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Every year, the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies sponsors a variety of courses related in modern Israel in departments across campus. These courses qualify for the Israel Studies minor offered by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and may qualify for other majors and minors. More information on the Israel Studies minor can be found on the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department website. Search for classes below.



Spring 2022 – Center-Sponsored Courses 


Middle Eastern Studies & Jewish Studies M-142 – Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

Date & Time: M | 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Instructor: Dr. Gayil Talshir
Location: Rolfe Hall, Rm. 3135
Course Description:
Examination of evolution of Israel — its changing society, volatile domestic and foreign politics, and dynamic culture — from its foundation in 1948 to present, in context of global political and cultural change and changing Jewish world. Tension between Israel’s conception of itself as Jewish state and fact that it is home to wide variety of ethnic and religious groups and to great diversity of cultures; that it was envisaged as safe haven for Jewish people but has been characterized by insecurity and ongoing war; that, founded as democracy, it contends with multiple strains on its democratic system, such as tensions between Jews and Arabs, secular and religious Jews, and disparate ethnic groups. Click Here to Enroll.


History & Jewish Studies M-181 – Topics in Jewish History: History of Middle Eastern Jews in Israel

Date & Time: Tu/Th | 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Instructor: Dr. Alon Tam
Location: The Broad Art Center, Rm. 2100A
Course Description: 
An in-depth look at the social and cultural history of Middle Eastern and North African Jews, and their place in Israeli society.  We will examine the Jewish communities in Ottoman Palestine, and in the larger Ottoman Empire, and these communities’ engagement with Zionism, European colonialism, Arab nationalism, and Cosmopolitanism. The course will explore Middle Eastern (“Mizrachi”) Jewish settlement in Palestine/Israel before and after 1948: governmental policies towards Jewish immigrants from the Islamic World; integration into Israeli society; identity politics; gender issues; political action; culture; and issues facing the third-generation of Mizrachi Jews in Israel today. Mix of scholarly research, original documents, film, literature, and music. Click Here to Enroll.


Film and Television 188A – Israel on Screen: TV, Film, and the Literary Imagination

Date & Time: Th | 2:00 PM – 4:50 PM
Instructor: Dr. Ethan Pack
Location: Melnitz Hall, Rm. 2586B
Course Description: 
A survey of significant Israeli films, television series, and literature, including the discussion of adaptation, serialization, and genre. Selections deal with urgent topics in Israeli and Middle Eastern life and consider the growing prominence of Israeli writing in global streaming distribution. Genres include comedies, dramas, and thrillers, ranging in subject from the very personal and domestic, to the complex position of Israel’s Palestinian citizens, to explorations of Israel’s wars and occupations. We will also consider the state of Israeli experimental film and theater, and its cutting-edge approaches to depicting this dramatic and hyper-visible part of the world. Click Here to Enroll.


Political Science 139 – Populism, Polarization, and Crisis of Representation: Israeli Politics as Case Study of Global Trends

Date & Time: Tu/Th | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Instructor: Dr. Liron Lavi
Location: Dodd Hall, Rm. 147
Course Description: 
Populism and political polarization surge in democracies around world as citizen dissatisfaction with democracy grows rapidly. Do these trends amount to crisis of representative democracy? Discussion of rise of political polarization, emergence of right and left populism around world, and their effect on different aspects of political representation. Focus on Israel as case study. Examination of populism and polarization in Israeli political history and their current manifestations. Study assesses remedies for crisis of democracy including institutional reforms, renewed forms of participation, and rise of representation by nonpolitical actors. Click Here to Enroll.



Spring 2022 – Other

The course below includes Israel content and is taught by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center's director.


 Professor Dov Waxman is not teaching a course in Spring 2022. Please check back later for information on his Fall 2022 course.


 For questions whether a course will count toward another major or minor, please consult your departmental Student Affairs Officer.


Search for classes below related to Israel in a wide range of disciplines. Select academic year and quarter to view course offerings.