Courses - Spring 2019
Jewish Studies courses and Hebrew courses.
JWSH 107 – Jews, Christians, Muslims
Molly Zahn, ONLINE - Mar 18 - May 17
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 JWSH 109 or REL 109. Same as REL 107.
JWSH 124 – Understanding the Bible
MW 11:00-11:50am + Discussion, Paul 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 or REL 315. Not open to students who have taken REL 125 or JWSH 125. Same as REL 124.
JWSH 315 – The Spanish Inquisition
TR 9:30-10:45am, Luis Corteguera. WES 4008
A broad historical study of the Spanish Inquisition from 1478 to its afterlife in modern culture, including its use in political debates and its depiction in popular culture. Topics include anti-Semitism, the nature of the inquisitorial investigation, the use of torture, censorship and the relationship between the Inquisition, the Spanish monarchy and other religious and lay authorities. Taught in English. Will not count toward the Spanish major. Same as HIST 325 and SPAN 302.
JWSH 320 – The Bible Then and Now
MW, 12:30-1:45pm, Paul Mirecki. SMI 206
An introduction and survey of the history and interpretation of the Jewish and Christian bibles from their first formation to the present day. Students will explore the way the text, interpretation and format of the Bible have adjusted over time to accommodate religious, political, social and technological changes. Class will occasionally meet in the university's rare book collection to study rare bibles. Same as REL 320.
JWSH 325 – Introduction to Judaism
Samuel Brody, ONLINE - Jan 22 - Mar 15
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 330 – Mystical Tradition in Judaism
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Rabbi Neal Schuster. SMI 108
Mystical experiences and supernatural encounters in Jewish texts and tradition: Dybbuks and demons, angels and Elijah; from ecstatic enlightenment to succumbing to satan - Jewish texts and tradition are riddled with the arcane, the occult and the mystical. This course will mine the sources for a deep exploration of these aspects of Judaism that are most often obscured by "normative" teachings and practices, yet remain deeply embedded in the customs and beliefs of Jews around the world. Same as REL 329.
JWSH 338 / 339 – Languages of the Jews (+ Honors)
TR 1:00-2:15pm, Renee Perelmutter. WES 4046
338: 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.
339: 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.
JWSH 341 – Hitler and Nazi Germany
MW 11:00-12:15pm, Andrew Denning. WES 4008
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.
JWSH 343 – The Holocaust in History
W 6:00-8:30pm, Fran Sternberg. EDWARDS
The systematic murder of the Jews of Europe by the Nazis during World War II is one of the most important events of modern history. This course studies the Holocaust by asking about its place in history. It compares other attempted genocides with the Holocaust and examines why most historians argue that it is unique. Other topics covered include the reasons the Holocaust occurred in Europe when it did, the changing role of anti-Semitism, and the effects of the Holocaust on civilization. The course also discusses why some people have sought to deny the Holocaust. The course concludes by discussing the questions people have raised about the Holocaust and such issues as support for democracy, the belief in progress, the role of science, and the search for human values which are common to all societies. Same as HIST 343.
JWSH 344 – Modern Jewish History
T 2:30-5:00pm, Fran Sternberg. WES 4025
This course explores the complex of interactions between Jews, Judaism, and modernity by examining the challenges to Jewish life and thought, community and culture, self-understanding and survival, from the early modern period to the present day. Through the lenses of religious, cultural, intellectual, and political expression, the course examines the social, economic, and demographic changes in Jewish communities in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the United States, and Israel along with the impact of antisemitism and the Holocaust. Same as HIST 344.
JWSH 350 – Contemporary Jewish Identities
TR 9:30-10:45am, Lynn Davidman. FR 107
This course explores the variety of ways in which American Jews create Jewish identities as individuals and groups. It traces the emergence of the various current divisions within Judaism: Reform Judaism (which by definition, implies Orthodoxy), then Conservative Judaism, and then the later development of Reconstructionist Judaism. The course also explores other contemporary options for being Jewish: cultural Jews, secular Jews, unaffiliated Jews, religious Jews, and gay or lesbian or transgendered Jews. Meets with SOC 400.
JWSH 371 – Archaeology of Ancient Israel
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Lisa Haney. WES 4033
Archaeology and art, sites and monuments of ancient Israel from the Neolithic period to Late Roman. Special topics will include the peoples of the region, nomadism and urbanization, the kingdoms of Israel, Second Temple Period, Qumran, Roman Jerusalem, and the creation and development of the synagogue. Same as CLSX 371.
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: Palestinian Society in Israel
M 2:30-5:00pm, Rami Zeedan. WES 4034
The course focuses on the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, living within the Green-Line. This course aims to outline a comprehensive, updated, and detailed situation of the Arab-Palestinian society and their contemporary trends to integrate in vs. to separate from the Israeli society. Meets with POLS 669, GIST 503, HIST 510, SOC 600 and ANTH 501.
JWSH 600 – Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies: Mandatory Palestine: 1920-1948
W 2:30-5:00pm, Rami Zeedan. WES 4034
This course will review the thirty-year history of the British Mandate over Palestine. It investigates the successful nation building by the Jewish people and the sources of the collapse of the Palestinian project in 1948. Meets with POLS 669, GIST 503, and HIST 510.
JWSH 601 – Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies
By appointment, Renee Perelmutter
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.
HEBR 120 – Elementary Israeli Hebrew II
MTWRF 10:00-10:50am, Shelley Rissien. WES 4022
A continuation of HEBR 110. Note Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam. Prerequisite: HEBR 110.
HEBR 220 – Intermediate Israeli Hebrew II
MWF 9:00-9:50am, Shelley Rissien. WES 4022
A continuation of HEBR 210. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam. Prerequisite: HEBR 210.
HEBR 350 – Advanced Israeli Hebrew II
MWF, 11:00-11:50am, Shelley Rissien. WES 4022
Continued advanced study of modern Hebrew. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 340 or permission of the instructor.
HEBR 420 – Studies in Modern Hebrew
TR, 11:00-12:15pm, Shelley Rissien. WES 4022
This course is designed to help students achieve fluency in speaking, listening, and writing Modern Hebrew. 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.