Courses - Fall 2016

Jewish Studies courses, Hebrew courses, Yiddish courses, and relevant courses in other units.

 

JEWISH STUDIES


JWSH 107 – Living Religions of the West
MW 12:30-1:45pm, Lollar. SMI 100
A basic introduction to the major religious traditions of the Near East, Europe, and the Americas, with an emphasis on their development through the modern period and their expressions in contemporary life. Not open to students who have taken REL 109. Same as REL 107.

JWSH 124 – Understanding the Bible
MW 11:00-11:50am + Discussion, Mirecki. SMI 100
An introduction to the literature of the Bible, exploring the relationships among the various types of literature present and the function of each type in the history and religious life of the people who produced and used them. Cannot be taken concurrently with REL 311 or JWSH 321. Not open to students who have taken REL 125 or JWSH 125. Same as REL 124.

JWSH 177 – First Year Seminar: Apocalypse
TR 1:00-2:15pm, Zahn. SMI 208
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Religious Studies. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status.

JWSH 300 – Topics in Jewish Studies: Jerusalem Through the Ages
MW 11:00-12:15pm, Welch. BL 209
As a prominent site in the religious and cultural histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem is uniquely situated as one of the world’s most sacred cities. For more than 3,000 years, this city has been a focal point of religious and political activity. Through the critical reading of historical and religious texts, and archaeological data, this course will explore the historical development of Jerusalem as a sacred place in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Meets with HIST 390, REL 404, GIST 203 and CLSX 350/HWC 380.

JWSH 300 – Topics in Jewish Studies: Enemies of Ancient Israel
MW 12:30-1:45pm, Welch. MAL 1003
M 4:30-7:00pm, Welch (EDWARDS)
Enemies of Ancient Israel: Bad Guys of the Bible. An exploration of the social world of the Bible through its antagonists and their cultures. We will examine the so-called bad guys of the Bible using the lenses of history, archaeology, geography, and religion to better understand their cultures and how they are portrayed in the biblical text. Meets with REL 404.

JWSH 300 – Topics in Jewish Studies: War and Violence in Russian Literature and Film
TR 1:00-2:15pm, Kokobobo. WES 1005
This course focuses on artistic representations of violence resulting from historical events such as World War II, Soviet collectivization, the Gulag, and political purges. We consider Soviet literature and film, including works by Isaac Babel, Andrei Platonov, Anna Akhmatova, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Readings in English. Meets with JWSH 600, SLAV 370 and SLAV 570.

JWSH 311 – Narratives of Jewish Life
TR 2:30-3:45pm, Perelmutter. WES 4034
The course focuses on the narratives through which Jews made sense of their lives under the impact of the forces of modernity, beginning in the "old world," and moving through the 19th century and into the 20th. The goal is to analyze how the imagination of Jewish writers was captured by the changes in social structures such as new educational, residential and occupational opportunities, leading to increased interactions with the gentile society. Students read and discuss literary works based in the shtetl in revolutionary Russia, and in America. We will also look at memoirs and letters written by ordinary Jews. All assigned texts will be in English. Can satisfy the requirement of JWSH 601: Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies, Fall 2016 semester ONLY.

JWSH 325 – Introduction to Judaism
TR 1:00-2:15pm, Schuster. SMI 206
Analyzes a selection of the core texts, teachings, and practices of Jewish religious traditions in terms of classical and contemporary understanding. Same as REL 325.

JWSH 335 – History of Jewish Women
T 2:30-5:00pm, Sternberg. WES 4033
This course explores the history of Jewish women from antiquity to the twentieth century. It examines the historical constructions of women's gender roles and identities in Jewish law and custom as well as the social and cultural impact of those constructions in the context of the realities of women's lives in both Jewish and non-Jewish society. Same as HIST 335, WGSS 335. Can satisfy the requirement of JWSH 601: Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies, Fall 2016 semester ONLY.

JWSH 336 – Jewish American Literature and Culture
TR 9:30-10:45am, Lester. WES 1009
An examination of Jewish American literature and culture from the 17th century to the present. Materials may include a broad range of literary genres as well as folklore, music, film, and visual art. Same as ENGL 336, meets with AMS 344. Prerequisite: Prior completion of the KU Core Written Communication requirement. Recommended: Prior completion of one 200-level English course. Can satisfy the requirement of JWSH 601: Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies, Fall 2016 semester ONLY.

JWSH 338 Languages of the Jews
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Perelmutter. BL 111
From the beginning, Jewish history and culture is closely tied to language, from Hebrew and Aramaic to the languages of diaspora such as Yiddish and Ladino. Focusing on issues of language in society, this course will survey the languages spoken by the Jews throughout their long history in diverse communities around the world. We will learn about Hebrew as a spoken and a sacred language, examine how Jewish languages are born and die, and discuss the resurrection of Modern Hebrew in the state of Israel. All readings are in English. No prior knowledge of languages or linguistics is required. Same as LING 338, meets with JWSH 339 and JWSH 600. Can satisfy the requirement of JWSH 601: Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies, Fall 2016 semester ONLY.

JWSH 339 Languages of the Jews, Honors
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Perelmutter. BL 111
Honors version of JWSH 338 or LING 338, Languages of the Jews. Prerequisite: Membership in the University Honors Program or consent of instructor. Same as LING 339, meets with JWSH 338 and JWSH 600. Can satisfy the requirement of JWSH 601: Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies, Fall 2016 semester ONLY.

JWSH 341 – Hitler and Nazi Germany
W 6:00-8:30pm, Sternberg (EDWARDS)
TR 1:00-2:15pm, Denning. JRP 150
An examination of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, beginning with the breakdown of 19th century culture in the First World War and continuing through the failure of democracy under the Weimar Republic. The course will also discuss the impact of Nazism on Germany and how Nazism led to the Second World War and the Holocaust. Same as HIST 341. Edwards section can satisfy the requirement of JWSH 601: Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies, Fall 2016 semester ONLY.

JWSH 490 – Directed Study in Jewish Studies
Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision. Course may be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours. Majors and minors in Jewish Studies, not in the University Honors Program, may use this course to satisfy the requirements for departmental honors in Jewish Studies.

JWSH 491 – Directed Study in Jewish Studies, Honors
Honors version of JWSH 490. Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision. Course may be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours. Majors and minors in Jewish Studies, who are in the University Honors Program, may use this course to satisfy the requirements for departmental and university honors in Jewish Studies.

JWSH 600 – Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies: War and Violence in Russian Literature and Film
TR 1:00-2:15pm, Kokobobo. WES 1005
See course description under JWSH 300.  Meets with JWSH 300, SLAV 370 and SLAV 570.

JWSH 600 – Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies: Languages of the Jews
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Perelmutter. BL 111
See course description under JWSH 338.  Meets with JWSH 338, JWSH 339, LING 338 and LING 339. Can satisfy the requirement of JWSH 601: Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies, Fall 2016 semester ONLY.

JWSH 601 Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies
TR 9:30-10:45pm, Lester – see course description under JWSH 336.
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Perelmutter – see course description under JWSH 338.
TR 1:00-2:15pm, Perelmutter – see course description under JWSH 311.
T 2:30-5:00pm, Sternberg – see course description under JWSH 335.
W 6:00-8:30pm, Sternberg (EDWARDS) – see course description under JWSH 341.
Investigation of topics related to Jewish studies from an interdisciplinary perspective: Jewish culture, history, and religion. The course focuses on research methods and intensive writing. Open only to Jewish studies majors. Suggested for students with senior standing.

 

HEBREW & YIDDISH


HEBR 110 – Elementary Israeli Hebrew I
MTWTF 10:00-10:50am, Rissien. SMI 206
A beginning course in modern Israeli Hebrew. Essentials of grammar, syntax and conversational practice; elementary reading and writing. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam.

HEBR 210 – Intermediate Israeli Hebrew I
MWF 9:00-9:50am, Rissien. SMI 206
Further development of language skills: listening comprehension, oral efficiency, intermediate grammar and syntax, reading and writing. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam. Prerequisite: HEBR 120.

HEBR 340 – Advanced Israeli Hebrew I
MWF, 11:00-11:50am, Rissien. SMI 206
Advanced study of Modern Hebrew. This course is designed to strengthen linguistic skills, enrich vocabulary, and further the study of grammar and syntax. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 220 or permission of the instructor. HEBR 340 or permission of the instructor.

HEBR 410 – Studies in Modern Hebrew Literature
MW, 1:00-2:15pm, Rissien. WES 4014
An introduction to Hebrew literature from the nineteenth century to the present day. The course emphasizes the development of basic interpretive skills and the understanding of basic literary movements, genres, and concepts. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 220 or equivalent.

HEBR 490 – Independent Study in Hebrew
Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 220 or equivalent.

YDSH 490 – Independent Study in Yiddish
Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision.


Upcoming Program Events
Dr. Perelmutter to be first Director of Undergraduate Studies!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter will be the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Jewish Studies Program! Dr. Perelmutter is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Slavic. She will begin her position as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Fall 2017 semester.

Kudos!

Dr. Gal Levy, former Visiting Israeli Professor at KU, has won first prize for best article in Hebrew from the Israeli Political Science Association. The article looks at the post-protest protest in Israel and Dr. Levy gives acknowledgments to the KU Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Levy currently teaches at the Open University in Israel. He will be a guest speaker at KU on August 23, his lecture is titled, "Citizenship in Crisis in Contemporary Israel".

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