Israeli Society

Apr 2018

Take this class! It is fantastic class and an easy A! Both for those very knowledgable about Israeli Society and the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict and for those who know nothing. Professor Cohen is extremely knowledgable, very smart, and very likable. Despite being very liberal in his own political beliefs and views regarding the conflict, Professor Cohen does a great job presenting balanced sources and discussion. When relevant, he will let you know if his opinion contradicts a particular source and does not try to mislead, persuade, or propagandize anyone or any position. He is just interested in every student formulating their own knowledge based opinions. The class formate is generally lecture and discussion. Professor Cohen enjoys student interaction, questions, and debate. Each week is broken down into topics and relevant readings are assigned for each. However, you only need to skim one of each reading in order to follow class, and often can get away without doing so. The readings are all very interesting though, and never too long, so its worth doing them!

May 2009

Professor Cohen is a horrible professor. He expects you to know everything about the course before you take it, is difficult to approach, biased on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and is open about this, unkind, and does not know what it means to teach. He would go off on tangents all the time and shut down anyone who had an opinion other than his own.