The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nationalism, Territory, Religion

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Kirsten Schulze SAR 2.12


This course is available on the BA in History, BSc in Government and History, BSc in International Relations and History and BSc in Politics and History. This course is not available as an outside option. This course is available with permission to General Course students.

The course is available to General Course students whose home department is International History, and ONLY to those starting in the Michaelmas Term in 2020/21.

Course content

The 1948 Arab-Israeli War; Israeli foreign and defence policy; the 1956 Suez-Sinai Campaign; the 1967 Six-Day War; regime change in Egypt and Syria in 1970; 1970/71 Black September; the 1973 Yom Kippur War; the 1975 Lebanese civil war; the ascendance of the Likud; the Camp David Accords 1979; the invasion of the Lebanon 1982; Palestinian resistance; the 1987 Intifada; the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference; the 1993 Oslo Accords; the 1994 Jordanian-Israeli Peace Treaty; the 2000 al-Aqsa intifada; peace efforts since 2000; the 2006 Lebanon War; and the 2006-2014 Gaza Wars.


This course has an online option, in addition to being taught in the classroom. Week 6 of both the Michaelmas and the Lent terms will be a Reading Week.

Formative coursework

Students are required to write one essay in the MT.


Essay (35%, 3000 words) in the LT.
Essay (35%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Class participation (15%) in the MT and LT.
Document analysis (15%) in the MT.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: International History

Total students 2019/20: 24

Average class size 2019/20: 8

Capped 2019/20: Yes (33)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills