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Courses - Fall 2019

Jewish Studies courses and Hebrew courses.

 

JEWISH STUDIES

JWSH 107 – Jews, Christians, Muslims
ONLINE, Aug 26 - Oct 18, Molly Zahn
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 300 – Topics in Jewish Studies: Israel: From Idea to State
TR, 1:00-2:15, Rami Zeedan. FR 221
The course will survey the history of modern Israel. The course provides a basic understanding of Israeli history, politics, culture, and society. The course is divided to four periods: Hovevei Zion, the Zionist movement, and the first and second Aliyah; The Yishuv during Mandatory Palestine; The first two decades of statehood 1948-1967; Israel after the 1967 war. Meets with GIST 503, HIST 390, and POLS 370.

JWSH 320 – The Bible Then and Now
MW, 12:30-1:45pm, Paul Mirecki. SMI 208
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 341 – Hitler and Nazi Germany
MW 11:00-12:15pm, Andrew Denning. WES 4002
W 6:00-8:30pm, Fran Sternberg. EDWARDS CAMPUS
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 344 – Modern Jewish History
T 2:30-5:00pm, Fran Sternberg. WES 4022
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 361 – Jewish Film
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Rabbi Neal Schuster. SUM 502
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 525 – Jews and Christians
TR 1:00-2:15pm, Molly Zahn. SMI 7
This course examines the ways Jews and Christians have interacted with and characterized one another at various points in their histories. Special emphasis is placed on the gradual separation of the two religious traditions in the 1st-4th centuries. (Same as REL 525.) Prerequisite: A previous course in Religious Studies or Jewish Studies; or consent of instructor.

JWSH 600 – Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies: Polls and Public Opinion in Israel
M 2:30-5:00pm, Rami Zeedan. WES 4035
The course examines public opinion, pre-election polls, and their effect on election results, policymaking, and politics in Israel, from a comparative perspective. We will discuss the validity of public opinion polls as a measurement tool, on its advantages and disadvantages, and its success and failure in predicting election results. We will also study the mutual relationships between public opinion, media and politics throughout Israel's 21 election cycles. Meets with GIST 503 and POLS 669.

 

HEBREW & YIDDISH

HEBR 110 – Elementary Israeli Hebrew I
MTWRF 10:00-10:50am, Shelley Rissien. WES 4022
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, Shelley Rissien. WES 1015
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, Shelley Rissien. STR 334A
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 410 – Modern Hebrew Literature I 
By Appointment, Shelley Rissien.
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.


Welcome Professor Zeedan!
The Jewish Studies Program is delighted to welcome Prof. Rami Zeedan as a new faculty member! Prof. Zeedan holds a Ph.D. in Israeli Studies from the University of Haifa in Israel. His research interests include the history of modern Israel, Israeli politics, Middle-Eastern politics, ethnic politics, urban affairs and local governments, and public opinion. This Fall he is teaching courses on Israeli politics and government, and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
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