Academic Summer Track
Academic Track - Summer Track I
Students enroll in two classes awarding 3 academic credits per course (6 total).
The courses scheduled to be offered in the Summer of 2013 include the following (Two out of three of the classes listed below may be chose by each student).
999-2 "The Strategic Revolution in the Middle East: The Roots of the 2011 Arab Uprisings " / Dr. Brandon Friedman (3 credits)
Writing in the New York Review of Books, Robert Malley and Hussein Agha noted that in today's Middle East, "Games occur within games: battles against autocratic regimes, a Sunni–Shiite confessional clash, a regional power struggle, a newly minted cold war. Nations divide, minorities awaken, sensing a chance to step out of the state’s confining restrictions. The picture is blurred. These are but fleeting fragments of a landscape still coming into its own, with only scrappy hints of an ultimate destination. The changes that are now believed to be essential are liable to be disregarded as mere anecdotes on an extended journey."
This course will explore the roots of these high stakes "games within games," and attempt to identify the important questions to ask about the roots of this blurry picture of the new Middle East landscape. Together, we will begin to delve into the history of the region in order to provide important context for the sea-changes which took place in 2011.
533-2 "One Hundred Years: History and Memory in Tel Aviv–Jaffa "/ Dr. Martin Wein (3 credits)
This course addresses issues of history and memory in Tel Aviv from its inception as a ‘green’ garden city, to the ‘white’ Bauhaus boom and the discourse about South Tel Aviv and Jaffa as a ‘black city.’ The course’s aim is to open up discourses and narratives about society and public space in Israel, where the relationship between history and memory has been marked by political conflict, collective trauma, urban problems and uncertainty about the future.We will familiarize ourselves with multidisciplinary methodology that will enrich our understanding of Tel Aviv–Jaffa, Israel and the Middle East. As part of the course we will walk through the city from North to South, discussing history, architecture, language and municipal politics on the way.Topics of discussion in the classroom and on the way will include prehistory and ancient history, Arabs and Jews, ports and maritime history, industrialization and urban planning, politics and government, business and crime, education and cultural venues, old British influences and migrant workers or refugees today, sports and parks, transportation and infrastructure, memorials and archeological sites, language use in public space, and the city’s representation in Israeli film and literature.Students will be required to participate in several fascinating walking lectures of three and a half hours, in small groups, “hands on” and on–site.We will stop on the way for explanations, discussions, visits and a coffee break.
189-3 "Business Entrepreneurship: Israel as a case study "/ Dr. Gil Avnimelech (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to explore the many dimensions of new innovative venture creation, development and financing. We will deal with issues such as sources of ideas, type of opportunities, idea development, IP protection, business plan writing, business model design, stages of start-up development, lean startup approach, and sources of finance for new innovative ventures. The examples and cases presented in the course will be taken from the Israeli context. The course will include guest lecturers for the Israeli high tech industry.
In the introduction module we present the entrepreneur's role in the global economy as an agent of change and accelerator of innovation and economic development. This module will build the theoretical foundation of the course. The second module deals with sources of ideas, opportunity identification, and idea development. The third module deals with market analysis, business planning, and business model design. The fourth module discuss the unique characteristics of start-up companies and it implications on development and strategy. In this module we will introduce the lean startup approach. The last module presents the venture capital market including business angles, crowdfunding platforms, accelerators and technological incubators, venture capital funds, and corporate VC. We will discuss the characteristics of each type of investor, the advantages and disadvantages for the start-up of being finance by each type of investors.
Summer Combined Track
Students may choose to combine the Track 1 academic courses with the Track 2 Hebrew language course for a total of 10 credits.