Courses - Fall 2017

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



JWSH 107 – Jews, Christians, Muslims
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 120 – Exploring the Jewish Experience
Aug 21 - Oct 13, Welch. ONLINE (1 credit hour)
This course introduces students to basic aspects of Jewish Studies, including Jewish history, Judaism and theology, philosophy and science, ethnicities and narratives, languages, customs and the arts. Special attention will be given to the various career options available to students of Jewish Studies.

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 300 – Special Topics in Jewish Studies:  LGBTQIA+ Jewish Cultures
MW 3:00-4:15pm, Bogi Perelmutter. WES 4002
This course will introduce students to LGBTQIA+ Jewish cultures, with a focus on the United States. Despite religious bans on queer sexual activity, LGBTQIA+ people have always been present in Jewish cultures. These topics have especially come to the forefront since the 19th century, in the secularizing cultures of Eastern European Ashkenazic Jews. In this course, we will survey Jewish LGBTQIA+ thought in the US from personal experiences to scholarly works, from music to visual art and religious crafts, from fiction to poetry. We will take a look at the issues of LGBTQIA+ Jews of color and disabled LGBTQIA+ Jews in the US, how American LGBTQIA+ Jews relate to Israel and the diasporic position, and the phenomenon of LGBTQIA+ Jewish migration to the US both historically and in the present day in response to the rising extreme right in Europe. Meets with REL 404 and WGSS 396.

JWSH 325 – Introduction to Judaism
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Brody. SMI 107
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 327 – Jewish Secular Culture
Oct 23 - Dec 15, Renee Perelmutter. ONLINE
By examining the modern concept of Yiddishkeit (Jewishness), this course explores Jewish secularism as a set of modern intellectual, literary, and cultural practices that redefined the relationship between the secular and religious in literature, music, theatre, art, humor, and foodways.  This interdisciplinary course draws on theoretical approaches from history, cultural studies, religious studies, folklore, and linguistics to examine the different secularizing cultural practices of the Jews in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in North America.

JWSH 335 – History of Jewish Women
T 2:30-5:00pm, Sternberg. BL 212
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.

JWSH 336 – Jewish American Literature and Culture
TR 9:30-10:45am, Lester. WES 1009
M 7:10-9:40pm, Kirzane. EDWARDS
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.

JWSH 341 – Hitler and Nazi Germany
W 6:00-8:30pm, Sternberg. EDWARDS
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Denning. SUM 506
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 361 – Jewish Film
TR 1:00-2:15pm, Schuster. FR 119
An examination of the cultural history of the Jews through films that explore Jewish themes, including but not limited to: issues of tradition and modernity, religion and secularism, immigration, gender, Zionism, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust. Films studied may be in English and in foreign languages (with English subtitles) like Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian. Meets with FMS 302.

JWSH 382 – Jerusalem Through the Ages
MW 11:00-12:15pm, Welch. SUM 506
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.  Same as CLSX 382, HIST 382 and REL 382.

JWSH 387 – Enemies of Ancient Israel
MW 12:30-1:45pm, Welch. MAL 1003
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. Same as HIST 381 and REL 387.

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 601 Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies*
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Brody – see description under JWSH 325 Introduction to Judaism.
T 2:30-5:00pm, Sternberg – see description under JWSH 335 History of Jewish Women.
W 6:00-8:30pm, Sternberg (EDWARDS) – see description under JWSH 341 Hitler & Nazi Germany.
TR 9:30-10:45am, Lester – see description under JWSH 336 Jewish American Literature & Culture.
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.

*During the Fall 2017 semester, JWSH 601 will be attached to pre-exisitng courses, however beginning in the Spring 2018 semester, JWSH 601 will be taught as its own course, and will only be taught in the Spring semester, thereafter. 



HEBR 110 – Elementary Israeli Hebrew I
MTWRF 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
TR, 11:00-12:15pm, Rissien. SMI 206
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.

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