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Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis

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Fall 2016
Ethnic Studies 98/198
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

This 1-unit lecture and discussion-based course will examine key historical developments that have taken place in Palestine, from the 1880s to the present, through the lens of settler colonialism. First, by utilizing a comparative approach and engaging with existing scholarship, we will gain a broad understanding of settler colonialism. Second, we will explore the connection between Zionism and settler colonialism, and the ways in which it has manifested, and continues to manifest, in Palestine. Lastly, drawing upon literature on decolonization, we will explore the possibilities of a decolonized Palestine, one in which justice is realized for all its peoples and equality is not only espoused, but practiced.

Upon completion of this course, students will have:

  • Been introduced to Palestine’s history from the 1880s to the present
  • Acquired a basic understanding of settler colonialism as a distinct colonial formation, as it has been implemented in various settings, and as it relates to Palestine
  • Developed a set of vocabularies specific to the colonial and settler colonial analytics
  • Gained the analytical skills necessary to ground research on Palestine and its history
  • Learned to express oneself using this history and these concepts and vocabularies
  • Researched, formulated, and presented decolonial alternatives to the current situation in Palestine/Israel

 This course is open to all students and no prior knowledge is necessary.


  • 5 short assignments (50%)
  • Group presentation (30%)
  • Participation (20%) 

For more information, including class schedule, see syllabus below. 

How to Enroll:


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Course Contact: phadweh AT

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hatem Bazian

Time & Location:

LecturePaul Hadweh
30TBATu 6p-7:30p9/06full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Palestine_DeCal_Syllabus.pdfSep 16161kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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