A case study, also 1500 words long, worth 20 per cent of your overall mark, to be handed in by Friday March 16:
Why has the international community found it so difficult to secure a lasting solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict?
Treat this as an essay, but the fact that it focuses on one major issue in global politics makes it a case study. It is important to note that the question asks you to analyse international attempts to draw the protagonists together, so don t get too bogged down in simply re-stating the causes of the conflict. You should write it under four sub-headings of roughly equal length:
i) A succinct historical summary of the conflict
ii) A summary of attempts to secure a two state solution over the last 20 years
iii) A discussion of initiatives in the past 12 months
iv) Conclusion “ how do the theoretical perspectives examined in your third assessment help to understand this problem?
Students must cite at least FOUR sources, and these must be properly referenced using the Harvard system.
Title of assessment: Why has the international community found it so difficult to secure a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestine Conflict?
(1500 words, worth 20% of total module mark).
Treat this as an essay, but the fact that it focuses on one major issue in global politics makes it a case study. It is important to note that the question asks you to analyse international attempts to draw the protagonists together, so don t get too bogged down in simply re-stating the causes of the conflict.
You should write it under five sub-headings of roughly equal length:
1. Introduction: how do you intend to answer the question? What is your plan? Be clear and succinct.
2. Historical summary of the conflict.
3. Summary of attempts to secure a two-state solution over the last 20 years.
4. Discussion of initiatives in the past 12 months.
5. Conclusion: how can Liberal, Realist and Marxist perspectives of international relations help us understand this problem?
You must cite at least FOUR sources, and these must be properly referenced using the Harvard system. Essays which are not properly referenced will have up to 10 marks deducted. Extra marks will be awarded if you reference articles from academic journals.
One of the purposes of this task is to introduce you to the research task of independently finding academic resources, so extra marks will be awarded if you reference articles from academic journals. In particular, use the library onesearch to find relevant articles published in the past 12 months. Useful journals include: Millennium, Foreign Affairs, Political Studies, New Left Review. As a start, I would simply search for Israel Palestine Conflict . Try other variations too, such as Palestine two state solution . There are plenty of articles to select from so there is no excuse not to try!
You are also encouraged to search national newspapers. This is a very easy process that allows you access to a lot of up-to-date information. Newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, and The Daily Telegraph can be searched free of charge via the internet. Please ensure that you reference these materials properly. You will automatically lose marks if you don t follow the correct conventions. See the citation and referencing guide 2011 on the NOW for more advice (under the study skills unit).
Here is a basic reading list to get you started:
Ian Bickerton and Carla Klausner, A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (2010)
Mark Levine, Impossible Peace: Israel/Palestine Since 1989 (ebook, 2009)
Aaron David Miller, The Much Too Promised Land: America s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace (2009)
Benny Morris, One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict (ebook, 2009).
Uro Avnery, Israel s Vicious Circle (ebook, 2008)
Guy Ben-Porat, The Failure of the Middle East Peace Process? (ebook, 2008).
Greg Harms, The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A basic Introduction (ebook, 2008)
Phyllis Bennis, War Without End (2007)
Dan Cohn-Sherbok and Dawood El-Alami, The Palestine-Israeli Conflict: A Beginner s Guide (2001)
Marwan Bishara, Palestine/Israel: Peace or Apartheid?
* please use the above list as sources.
* please make it easy to read and understand it.
* please don’t make it more than 1500 words.
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