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  • Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Program Terms: UC Summer Abroad
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  • Program Sponsor: UC-Davis Summer Abroad 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UCM Deadline Campus Decision Date Start Date End Date
UC Summer Abroad 2020 02/28/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2 Click here for a definition of this term Class standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate student, 6-Other
Language of instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Areas of study: Political science
Program Description:

Program Overview

This program focuses on Arab-Israeli relations from World War I to the present. It examines the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, comparing the narratives of the Palestinians, the Arab States, and Israel. We will analyze the relationships among Arabs and Israelis, as well as inter-Arab relations and the relations between the rivals and external powers. Field trips will visit ancient sites and also many of the places in which historical turning points in the peace process have taken place, including Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Masada, and Eilat. We will also meet a number of Israeli and Palestinian policy makers and activists who will discuss past, present, and future efforts at conflict resolution. NOTE: All students enrolled in this program are required to attend the pre-departure orientation (Saturday, May 19, 2012) and the on-site orientation, which will both emphasize the special safety issues for this program. Please visit the program page for more information.

Quotes from participants in Arab-Israeli Relations 2009:

"The knowledge that I have gained about the Arab-Israeli conflict and about the history of the area is better than anything I could have gotten in the states."

"This class opened a whole new world of understanding."

"I believe to be an active global citizen you have to encounter other people and understand their point of view. This program fulfilled that."

Instructor: Zeev Maoz

Taught in English

Max Enrollment: 30

Program Coordinator: Holly Keefer


POL 136. The Arab-Israeli Conflict
(4 units)
Prerequisite: course 3 or International Relations 1; restricted to upper division standing. Causes, course, and implications of Arab-Israeli conflict. Competing Israeli and Arab narratives, politics of force, diplomacy. Domestic politics and A-I conflict, the superpowers and the A-I conflict, A-I conflict and world politics, potential solutions.

POL 198. Directed Group Study (4 units) (P/NP grading only.)

Find full course descriptions in the UC Davis General Catalog. Note: in many cases prerequisites are waived by consent of instructor. Students who are unsure if they meet prerequisites are encouraged to contact the instructor or Summer Abroad staff. For more information on prerequisites for UC Davis courses, visit the Academics section of the Summer Abroad website.