Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2088: Understanding Israel and Palestine: One Land, Two People

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Aneta Brockhill (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


The Israel-Palestine conflict has now raged for over a hundred years, constituting one of the most vicious and protracted conflicts of modern time. Its continuation has been one of the central threats to the security of the Middle East, and indeed to the security of the larger global community. This module raises some fundamental questions about the conflict. What is the origin of the conflict? What is so unique about the conflict? How can the conflict be characterised and understood? Why has the conflict been so persistent? In this module, we will examine the causes, dynamics, the key issues, and main developments of the conflict. This analysis will be situated within the academic debates on nationalism, identity, ethnicity, violence, conflict, security, regional relations, and international relations. The question of Israel-Palestine however, is highly contested and contentious. One researching the conflict may think that he/she is reading about two entirely different conflicts. The module will introduce you to the literature on the conflict that brings a variety of voices, viewpoints and perspectives, and show the complex nature of the Israel-Palestine conflict.


No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module, and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. 

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