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AIE364 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Mat Hardy

AIE153 or AIE154 or AIE255 or with permission from the unit chair



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour class per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2-hour class per week (recordings provided)


Why has the Arab-Israeli Conflict remained one of the most complex issues in global politics and international relations for decades? Why does America support Israel so strongly? Why do the Palestinians not have their own state? What role does the media play in covering this conflict?

This unit will examine the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, from the beginning of Jewish nationalism to the present time. Combining a chronological and thematic approach, we will examine the birth of the state of Israel and the ensuing Palestinian refugee movement, the various wars between Israel and its neighbours, the rise of Palestinian nationalism and militancy, the peace process, and options for the future.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Recognise the cultural assumptions they bring to discussion of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse a diverse range of sources pertaining to the Arab-Israeli Conflict

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop their understanding of the history of the Arab-Israeli Conflict and political issues and apply this to analysing modern dilemmas

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Analyse and Interpret popular media and the way it portrays the Arab-Israeli Conflict

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Articulate their opinion through authentic written and oral communication, including the creation of significant bodies of online material both as an individual and as part of a team.

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork


Develop an empathy for the inhabitants of Israel, the Palestinian Territories and the surrounding countries and the political dilemmas they live with

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Individual and/or Group) - Simulation or Report


Simulation - 10% individual and 50% team = 60%


Report 60%

Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Research and Writing Exercise   40% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIE364 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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