The course deals with the relationships between science, religion and health in Israel. It explores the question: how some particularities of the Israeli society, the Jewish religion and the Zionist ideology have influenced the development of science in Israel through the years?
Israeli society is a young society with a unique history and culture that raise many particular tensions between science, ideology and religion. The course aims to examine these tensions by analyzing issues such as medical practices in the light of the Holocaust, life-death discussions within the scientific and various religious communities, the striving for the "perfect Zionist body", as well as the scientific collaboration between the state of Israel and the Palestinian authority since the Oslo Accords. The aim of the course is to learn about the Israeli particularities regarding science as such, but also to understand them in a wider context of the relationships between science, ideology and religion. The course aims to give the students a comprehensive understanding of the Israeli case and to strengthen their general critical understanding of the relationships between science, religion and ideology.