Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2093: Understanding Israel and Palestine: Seeking Peace

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Aneta Brockhill (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has now raged for over a hundred years, constituting one of the world’s longest standing conflicts. Since its inception, numerous peace attempts, involving assorted UN resolutions, bilateral negotiations, and third-party interventions, have sought to put an end to the conflict, and yet, today, a resolution remains more distant than ever. Why does the conflict remain unresolved? What stands in the way of achieving a peaceful solution? In this module, we will examine the Israel-Palestine Peace Process: the main peace attempts and proposals which have been put forward to resolve the conflict. We will discuss the reasons that contributed to the failure of the peace process, hence the continuation of the conflict. The module will also critically examine the role of third parties, such as the US, the EU, the UN and the Arab League, in the efforts to resolve the conflict. The analysis of these issues will be placed within the theoretical debates on peace, conflict resolution, peacemaking, violence, and security. In the second part of the module, we will look at the main stumbling blocks to reach peace between Israel and Palestinians.  The module will introduce you to the literature that brings a variety of voices, viewpoints, and perspectives on the resolution of the conflict. In the last part of the module, we will draw on the lessons learnt from previous attempts at settlements, and apply them to think creatively about possible solutions to settle the conflict.


No prior knowledge, skills or experience are required to take this module, and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. You may, however, find it beneficial to take ‘Understanding Israel and Palestine: One land, two people’ module

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