I really loved this course! THanks Coursera, thanks the HEbrew University of Jerusalem for this opportunity. I will keep on learning and hold this diploma as an award! Thanks again!! Diego da Rocha
well and thorough explanations of important topics that allows us to understand Israel State and Society.\n\nI also didn't find the course biased which is a good thing.
by (Rob)Wang S•
My very first course taken in coursera. It has been very heavy on content, but the information is meaningful for a thorough understanding of Israel society. I recommend this course to folks who share an interest in getting to know more about Israel, as well as those who wish to travel to Israel. The course did help me to understand where I am heading towards when I travel to Israel.
by Rizwan A•
i am from Pakistan. here less is available to learn on IIsraeli state and society.Israel has been considered an enemy in Pakistan. I would not comment on that but i would surely comment that in Israel ,Arab Israelis have been treated with more sympathy than minorities in are treated in Pakistan. We should try to understand this phenomenon that how Israel has been able to create a tolerant society which respects all its citizens despite their creed, and religion.
by Betsy D•
Very informative, and engaging, videos. There are however no links to useable reading texts, which is a shame. But the content of the videos are of incredible value.
by muniba m a•
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by Katarina M•
Great, exhaustive course which provides a lot of insight to all those interested in Israel and its culture and society. This course is definitely suitable for the beginners, but also people like me (master in Middle Eastern studies) will greatly benefit from it. Highly recommended!!!
by Carles B•
Each lecture included some interesting facts about Israel and its society. Maybe I miss the perspective from the Plaestine counterpart, but it's a course from the Hebrew University, and I recognize their efforts to give scientific data and approaches. I would recommend this course.
by FRANK A•
A VERY INTERESTING COURSE. IT IS MOST HELPFUL IN HELPING PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE MODERN STATE OF ISRAEL.
by Joy S•
by MOSHE A•
I felt this was a disappointing course and was the least enjoyable of the last 9 courses delivered by Yad Yashem, Tel Aviv University, London college, and Hebrew University. The information was delivered IMO in a extreme left approach and was not either political or academically neutral. I don't believe I would intentionally take another course like this if Hebrew University continue to take a specific and biased approach to stud
by Aviad D•
This is horrible couse to get a starting point of understanding israel.
The lecturers are very biased and often manipulate the data ,or even lie about the subject matter, so it will fit their left worldview. (The most prominent lie is the portrayal of the Israeli right as those who want to overthrow the rights of Israeli Arabs.)
The subjects in the course are not presented in an honest and balanced way, which is a shame because the course had a lot of potential.
by Patrick C•
Over the years I've developed a very strong fascination with the State of Israel. I just find the place incredibly interesting, and so have spent quite a bit of time reading books about Israel, watching documentaries about Israel, keeping up with the English-language feeds of Israeli news outlets. This course provided something that was lacking in all my previous study: a true scholarly examination of the nuances of Israeli society, an exploration of the kinds of things that you're just not going to get from even the most thorough of the sources geared toward popular audiences. It was an excellent survey of the forces shaping contemporary Israeli society, one that anyone interested in the State of Israel will find well worth it to take.
by Andrew S•
I learned a lot from this course and have bookmarked a few books and papers to read in the coming weeks. Prof Frenkel was an able and enthusiastic host and her guest lecturers each showed their passion and scholarship - opening up Israel from multiple perspectives. Sadly Professor Ronny Ellenblum died a few weeks ago - I found his lecture on Jerusalem fascinating.
I would comment that the links to suggested reading could benefit from an update - some could be found through careful searching of the internet - and in many cases their authors have written more recently on the topics. Still highly recommended!
by Jennifer K•
I enjoyed this class to the fullest! It was very organized and user friendly! The lectures were very interesting and well as easy to access actual wording because the transcript was right below the video. As an American I have always been interested by The State of Israel but did not know where to find a concise class that I could afford to take . Thank you for providing this!
by Mohamad M•
well and thorough explanations of important topics that allows us to understand Israel State and Society.
I also didn't find the course biased which is a good thing.
by Ori S•
I came into the class already knowing a lot about Israel from both living in it and books. However, it was great seeing a college level discussion on the topic.
by Sharon G•
Its fascinating and rich. I feel privilege to listen to and learn from these many great minds.
by Mobasher A•
It provide a broad understanding of Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict
by Dalia A•
Interesting and very helpful course, thank you.
by ammar a•
It serves Israeli agenda as it tries to justify the Israeli armies actions against civilians in occupied territories.
by RICHARD J Y•
Excellent overview of Israeli culture even if I disagree with the tone of the lecturer who spoke of the IDF & compulsory military service. Her tone seemed to be in sympathy of those young citizens who would rather not have to defend the homeland. As a career soldier & retired veteran, I must strongly disagree with that premise. The majority of veterans that I have met feel strongly the need for cumpulsory national service here in the US. Israel's policy of universal national service is greatly respected in this country.
In that the geopolitical situation in Israel requires a srong standing military, the requirement for cumpulsory national service should not be abandoned. The fact that some of the draftees feel either discriminated against or not utilized to their potential really means nothing in that the military has a heirarchy (chain of command) that must be followed to be effective. New draftees soon turn into new trainees with basic military skills & must prove themselves before they are even promoted thru the rank structure. Their alleged discontent is evidence of their puffed up opinions of themselves. Eighteen year olds think they're smart but they really need to be guided thru their formative years.
In closing, let me also say that it's a citizen's solemn duty to serve their country the best way that they can. Whether in uniform or in some type of civilian national service, service to country ingrains one into fabric of the nation.
This has been an interesting course for people who like me are curious about the State of Israel. It has been well structured taking us from the beginning of its formation, then through History and finally to all aspects that make up a State. I have learnt some interesting facts as for example how education is organised which interests me since I am a teacher. The lectures have been enjoyable most of them and the quality of them outstanding.
by Thomas C•
The first time to learn about Zionist being is the most appreciating one. This course is well structured in terms of represented scientific approaches, both offering a prospective and retroperspective view's to the learner and choice of historical intensity thereby not missing actual relevance's and sociological transformation into formal analysis of facts and tendencies. It should be said, that's up to the passion of the learner to set scale
by Zachary P S•
This course revealed a history of a nation and the many historic challenges to all the inhabitants of the land both in the past and present. It provided a unique look and understanding of the culture, religions and people as well as the governing principles of the nation. I am now better equipped to understand both the influence and the place Jerusalem and the Nation of Israel inhibit in a unfriendly neighborhood and uninformed world.
by Suat Ş•
Jews are the autochthon people of Middle East and Kurdistan geography. The existence of Israel State and Jews are so precious and dateless that they deserve be discovered at any time. They are the most democratic country of the Middle East and their existence and non-stop struggle is a possible guiding light for the Kurds. My interest in Israel State and Society is growing bigger and bigger day by day.
by Stephanie R•
Thank you very much for this quality learning experience! I found each session packed with insight, personal and educational. I found myself feeling like I was getting to know the teachers and their perspective as well as a sense of a broader perspective on the subjects provided. I feel that I have a better understanding of the subjects and it has made me desire to learn more...thank you!