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Courses - Fall 2022

JWSH 107 Jews, Christians, Muslims 

Sam Brody 

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. (Same as REL 107.) 

JWSH 177 First Year Seminar: Life, Death, and Afterlife in Modern Israeli Society 

Rami Zeedan 

A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Jewish Studies. 

JWSH 305 Language, Gender, and Sexuality  

Renee Perelmutter 

How do people express gender in diverse languages around the world? In a globalized world in which English is increasingly prominent, how are other languages changing to account for both global and local shifts in gender norms and expectations? This course will examine gender, multilingualism and globalization using approaches of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and communication studies. We will explore such topics as gender, sexuality, and multilingualism; gendered language variants; gender norms, politeness, and globalization; nonbinary and trans identities encoded in languages around the world, including but not limited to gender pronouns; identity, body, and linguistic practices; and considerations of power, hegemony, and imperialism. (Same as ANTH 325, GIST 303, SLAV 305 and WGSS 325.)  

JWSH 329 Israel Palestine Conflict: An Intro 

Noa Balf 

This course provides an introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict including its history from the Ottoman period to the present day, the social and political effects on Israeli and Palestinian life and citizenship, official and unofficial narratives, and international responses. (Same as GIST 329 and HIST 482.) 

JWSH 330 Mystical Tradition in Judaism 

TBD

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 337 Religious Zionisms 

Sam Brody 

A survey of the many types of Religious Zionism, from the origins of the movement to the present, from Left to Right, and from Jewish to Christian. The class asks questions about the relationship between religion and politics in Israel using case studies as examples, and also considers the views of religious Jewish anti-Zionists. No previous knowledge of Judaism or Israeli history is required. (Same as REL 327.)

JWSH 341 Hitler and Nazi Germany 

Shelly Cline 

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. 

JWSH 414 Israel/Palestine: The War of 1948 

Rami Zeedan 

The war of 1948 shaped the history of the modern Middle East more than any other single event. Issues that will be discussed include the participating parties, the efforts of the international community, the establishment of Israel, the division of Palestine, and the continuing problem of Palestinian refugees. 

JWSH 422 Topics in Israeli Society: Israeli History, Politics, and Culture 

Noa Balf 

This course explores the social interconnections and interactions of the various cultures, religions, and ethnic identities in Israel.  

JWSH 490 Directed Studies in Jewish Studies 

Renee Perelmutter 

Rami Zeedan 

Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  

JWSH 491 Directed Studies in Jewish Studies – Honors 

Renee Perelmutter 

Rami Zeedan 

Honors version of JWSH 490. Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Membership in the University Honors Program or consent of instructor.  

JWSH 601 Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies 

Renee Perelmutter 

Rami Zeedan 

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. Prerequisite: Open only to Jewish studies majors. Suggested for students with senior standing.  

JWSH 650 Service Learning in Jewish Studies 

Renee Perelmutter 

This course, to be taken in the junior or senior year, is designed to give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge, concepts, and ideas gained in courses in Jewish studies to real-life situations in appropriate agencies and organizations. Open to students in the Jewish Studies program. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  

HEBR 110 Elementary Modern Hebrew 

Shelley Rissien  

A beginning course in modern 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 Modern Hebrew 

Shelley Rissien 

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 Modern Hebrew 

Shelley Rissien 

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 490 Independent Study 

Shelley Rissien 

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

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