This 2 to 3 unit lecture and discussion-based course will examine key historical developments that have taken place in Palestine, from the 1880s to the present, through the lens of settler colonialism. First, by utilizing a comparative approach and engaging with existing scholarship, we will gain a broad understanding of settler colonialism. Second, we will explore the connection between Zionism and settler colonialism, and the ways in which it has manifested, and continues to manifest, in Palestine. Lastly, drawing upon literature on decolonization, we will explore the possibilities of a decolonized Palestine, one in which justice is realized for all its peoples and equality is not only espoused, but practiced.
Upon completion of this course, students will have:
Been introduced to Palestine’s history from the 1880s to the present
Acquired a basic understanding of settler colonialism as a distinct colonial formation, as it has been implemented in various settings, and as it relates to Palestine
Developed a set of vocabularies specific to the colonial and settler colonial analytics
Gained the analytical skills necessary to ground research on Palestine and its history
Learned to express oneself using this history and these concepts and vocabularies
Researched, formulated, and presented decolonial alternatives to the current situation in Palestine/Israel
This course is open to all students and no prior knowledge is necessary.
There are a number of weekly assignments based on the weekly reading (12 in total) as well as a final presentation on a subject selected by the student in regards to Palestine. The most important aspect of grading however is simply attendance. If a student misses over 2 classes without an excused absence, they will automatically receive a NP.