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Fall 2012-2013
* NES 404 / JDS 404 / HIS 403 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Tel Aviv: Urban History and Culture

Liora R. Halperin

Offers a multifaceted exploration of the urban history of the city of Tel Aviv, founded in 1909 to be a Jewish suburb of the multiethnic port city of Jaffa. Tel Aviv has become a symbol for the Zionist movement's development and a space in which the meaning of Zionism has been continually contested. Through inquiries into urban studies, city planning, architecture, identity, space, politics, language, culture, and conflict in Tel Aviv and Jaffa we will use the prism of one metropolitan area to explore the history of Palestine and Israel in the twentieth and early twenty-first century.

Sample reading list:
Maoz Azaryahu, Tel Aviv: Mythography of a City
Mark LeVine, Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv
Anat Helman, Young Tel Aviv: A Tale of Two Cities
Joachim Schlor, Tel Aviv: From Dream to City
Maoz Azaryahu and Ilan Troen (eds.), Tel Aviv: The First Century: Visions, Designs, Actualities
Adam Lebor, City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: approx. 150-200pp/wk. Writing: two shorter (5pp) papers based on close analysis of primary source documents. The first of these will focus on one of a set of images selected by the instructor, and the second will be focused on an item of the student's choosing. In addition, a final research paper (15-18pp) that expands upon the second shorter paper, framing the selected source in the context of secondary material and other primary sources.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
Analysis of primary source material, including images, advertisements, documents, poems, and film, will be a central component of most class sessions. We will work with online collections of photographs, posters, advertisements, maps, videos and other artifacts of daily life from Tel Aviv during the 20th century. Occasional oral presentations will be part of student grades.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23011 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Frist Campus Center   205   Enrolled:5 Limit:15