• Home
  • Academics
  • Courses
  • Courses - Spring 2022

Courses - Spring 2022


JWSH 124 - Understanding the Bible (3 /AE42 / GE3H / H / HR), David Woodington

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 religion life of the people who produced and used them. (Same as REL 124)

JWSH 300 - Discourse and Identity, Renee Perelmutter.

People use language every day to signal and negotiate their individual identities in conversation with other people. Language is also crucial in forming of group identities and norms, which may align or come into conflict with individual identities. But how exactly do we establish and negotiate our identities through language? This class will look at the mechanics of identity construction using theoretical tools from pragmatics and discourse analysis. We will examine such axes of identity as gender sexuality, religion, race and ethnicity, disability and neurodiversity, migration status, and more. This course has an international focus, and we will discuss how identities are constituted in multiple languages, with a special focus on Eastern Europe, as well as on Jewish contexts around the world. (Meets with ANTH 391, GIST 501, SLAV 379, and WGSS 396.)

JWSH 300 - Jewish Women and Leadership, Noa Balf.

In this course students will explore women's (broadly defined) narratives and place within the Jewish community and apply the course material by developing, implementing, and completing their own community oriented project. Students will gain real world skill sets and networking opportunities as they make connections with the regional Jewish community. (Meets with GIST 503, POLS 350, WGSS 396).

JWSH 300 - Jewish Ethics, Rabbi Neal Schuster.

In this course we will explore the variety of ways that Judaism and Jewish people have approached ethics, both theoretically and practically. Our investigation will consider the evolution of approaches across time, and variations among different communities, as well as examining how the religious tradition has, at times, differed from actual practice around Jewish people. We will look at theological, philosophical, and sociological elements that inform Jewish ethics, as well as delving into specific issues in Jewish ethics, including autonomy vs. communal norms; business and labor practices; saving a life vs. taking a life; the treatment of animals; marriage and family matters; medical ethics; universalism vs. particularism, and more.

JWSH 300 - Prophets and Profits, Sam Brody.

Religious and secular approaches to economic ethics, economic inequality, wealth accumulation, licit an illicit commerce, slavery, profit, and more. (Meets with REL 379).

JWSH 325 - Introduction to Judaism, Sam Brody. (3 / H).

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 329 - Israel Palestine Conflict: An Intro, Noa Balf. (3 / AE42 / GE3H / S)

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.)

JWSH 343 - The Holocaust in History (3 / AE51 / H), Frances Sternberg.

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.)
Satisfies: Goal 5 Outcome 1 (AE51) , H Humanities (H)

JWSH 420 Politics and Government of Israel, Noa Balf. (3 / S)

The course is an introduction to the Israeli system of government and its complexities, from a comparative perspective. The course aims to deal with the processes and critical issues that characterize the Israeli political system, as well as dilemmas and conflicts that are part of it since the early days of statehood until today. (Meets with GIST 503, POLS 350).

JWSH 490 - Directed Study in Jewish Studies, Renee Perelmutter, Rami Zeedan. (3 / AE61 / H)

Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Satisfies: Goal 6 Outcome 1 (AE61) , H Humanities (H)

JWSH 491 - Directed Study in Jewish Studies, Honors, Renee Perelmutter, Rami Zeedan. (3 / Honors / AE61 / H) 

Honors version of JWSH 490. Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Membership in the University Honors Program or consent of instructor.
Satisfies: Goal 6 Outcome 1 (AE61) , H Humanities (H) , Honors

JWSH 601- Senior Seminar in Jewish Studies, Renee Perelmutter, Rami Zeedan. (3 / Honors / AE61 / H) 

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, Rami Zeedan. (3 / S)

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.

JWSH 681 - Regimes in the Middle East and North Africa, Rami Zeedan. (3 / S)

Using governmental case-studies in North Africa and the Middle East, this course will examine basic definitions and behaviors of liberal democracies, dictatorships, and hybrid regimes, the transitions between them, and the strategies they (and their leaders) use to stay in power. Prerequisite: JWSH 440 or permission of instructor.

HEBR 120 - Elementary Modern Hebrew II, Shelley Rissien. (5 / F2 / U)

A continuation of HEBR 110. Note Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam. Prerequisite: HEBR 110.

HEBR 220 - Intermediate Modern Hebrew II, Shelley Rissien. (3 / F4 / U)

A continuation of HEBR 210. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam. Prerequisite: HEBR 210.

HEBR 350 - Advanced Modern Hebrew II, Shelley Rissien. (3 / FP / U)

Continued advanced study of modern Hebrew. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 340 or permission of the instructor.

HEBR 490 - Independent Study (1-3 / U), Shelley Rissien.

Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 220 or equivalent.
Satisfies: U Undesignated elective (U)

Why KU
  • Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
  • KU offers courses in 40 languages
  • No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • 44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
  • 5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times