Intro to Israeli Culture Through Film

Subject 183-130 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2 hour film screening and a 1hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Dvir Abramovich


Dvir Abramovich

Subject Overview: This subject is an introduction to contemporary Israeli culture through the medium of film. The subject will present students with a wide spectrum of topics that examine Israel in social and cultural terms. The objective is that this approach will help students understand this small but complex country beyond the familiar categories of the political and the military, and will allow them to gain a better comprehension of IsraelÂ’s cultural trends and transformations. Topics to be explored include the individual, IsraelÂ’s national narrative, secular/religious issues, gender, the kibbutz, the army, Israeli-Arab relations, immigrants and the Holocaust.
  • understand the ideologies and events leading up to the establishment of the State of Israel;
  • be able to demonstrate general knowledge of the seminal pillars of modern Jewish life and its central aspects as relating to the State of Israel and Jewish communities abroad;
  • be familiar with recent literature reflecting religious, ethnic and sociological issues as well as the issue of women's rights.
Assessment: One essay of 2000 words due mid-semester 50%, one essay of 2000 words due end of semester 50%.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills:
  • understand the social and historical background to culture. noting the political aspects of social and literary works and events;
  • have written communication through essay writing and class presentation;
  • be able to deliver oral presentations and understand cross cultural aspects through group discussions.
Notes: Formerly available as 109-003 and 109-130 and titled Introduction to Modern Jewish Culture. Students who have completed 109-003 or 109-130 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (Jewish Studies )
Diploma in Modern Languages (Hebrew)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Hebrew
Hebrew Major
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies Major

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