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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARAB2066 Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Abdul-Bashid Shaikh

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This course introduces students to the causes and issues involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict from the rise of Zionism to the present. It covers both the Arab-Israeli and the Palestinian-Israeli tracks of the conflict, the plight of 19th/20th Century European Jews and the rise of Zionism; the British Mandate (1920 – 1948); the first Arab-Israeli War (1948); the 1956 Suez Crisis; the 1967 Six-Day War; the 1973 Yom Kippur/October War; the Camp David Accords 1979; the Israeli invasion of the Lebanon 1982; the Palestinian resistance; the 1987 Intifada; the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference; the 1993 Oslo Accords & the 1994 Jordanian-Israeli Peace Treaty; and the 2000 al-Aqsa Intifada and the 2006 Summer War.


To survey and assess the origins and development of the Arab-Israeli and Palestine-Israeli conflicts from the rise of Zionism until the present.

Learning outcomes
To promote a better understanding of the various factors and issue in this conflict, past and present.

Skills outcomes
Self-discipline, communication, organisation, good arguments, punctuality, confidence in public speaking.


The module will cover the question of a Jewish homeland, the rise of Zionism, the mandate period, the Arab-Israeli wars since 1948 and the peace process since 1973.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

168 hours of private study, including preparation for lectures and seminars as well as time spent on researching/writing a 2,000 word essay and writing an end-of-module examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

As in all our modules student progress will be monitored using the following methods:
- Written / oral assignments
- Designated feedback sessions (one per semester)
- Student questionnaires
- Personal tutee appointments
- Office hours

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Resit available in August

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/03/2024


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