Time and Place: 1948: The Arab-Israeli Conflict (V1449)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

The foundation of Israel in 1948 marks both an end and a beginning. It brought to an end, for some Jews, 2,000 years of diaspora, and an end to the struggle of the Zionist movement to build a state for the Jewish people. It announced the beginning:

  • for adjusting to the idea of a Jewish nation-state and its realisation
  • to the struggle to create a Jewish-Israeli nation
  • to the struggle to create mutual identity for people of different ethnicities and persuasions, as well as different religions
  • to the changes that the Jewish state brought to the region.

The module addresses these issues thematically, so that put together, they can give an understanding as to the wider significance of the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.


48%: Lecture
52%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 21 hours of contact time and about 129 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: