Summer Undergrad Track
About the Program
The summer Academic Program is open to bachelor's-level students from around the world. Students choose two of the following courses taught in English:
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.
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. The course includes a walk through the city from North to South, discussing history, architecture, language, and municipal politics on the way. Topics of discussion 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.
The purpose of this course is to explore the many dimensions of new innovative venture creation, development, and financing. The course deals with sources of ideas, type of opportunities, idea development, IP protection, business plan writing, business model design, stages of start-up development, lean start-up 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, the course presents the entrepreneur's role in the global economy as an agent of change and accelerator of innovation and economic development. This module builds 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 discusses the unique characteristics of start-up companies and implications for development and strategy. The last module presents the venture capital market including business angles, crowdfunding platforms, accelerators and technological incubators, venture capital funds, and corporate VC.
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Fees and Expenses
Tuition fees: $3,600 (USD), includes housing