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Courses - Fall 2018
JWST
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JWST141
American Jewish Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as: HIST106.
Credit only granted for: HIST106 or JWST141.
History of the Jews in America from Colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the waves of migration from Germany and Eastern Europe; the changing nature of the American Jewish community and its participation in American social, economic, and political life.
History of the Jews in America from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the waves of migration from Germany and Eastern Europe; the changing nature of the American Jewish community and its participation in American social, economic, and political life.
JWST219A
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; The Jewish Image on Screen (Film/TV/Web)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as FILM298C and CMLT298A. Credit only granted for JWST219A, CMLT298A, or FILM298C.

The different ways that the Jewish image has been represented in cinema over time, including film, television, and the Internet will be explored. Representations will include secular and religious communities; Orthodox and Haredi Jews; LGBTQ and Jews of Color; intergenerational conflict; various countries of origin (especially Israel and the US); and more.
JWST219N
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Special Topics in Jewish Life: Jewish Humor from Shetl to Seinfeld
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
We examine a broad range of Jewish Humor in literature, press, comics, television, on stage and in film. The course includes aspects of Yiddish and American Jewish studies, anthropology, ethnic studies, and more. The aim of the course is to encourage students to discuss and critically engage with each of the works included on the syllabus in an attempt to answer the following: What is Jewish humor? What is it made of and how to define it? Does it stem essentially from the experience of an ex-territorial repressed minority? What will become of it in the Israeli state? How do these questions relate to issues of ethnic humor in general? This course does not require proficiency of any foreign language or any specific historical knowledge.
JWST233
Why the Jews? Historical and Cultural Investigations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Restriction: Must not have completed HIST282, HIST283, JWST234, or JWST235.
Also offered as: HIST287.
Credit only granted for: JWST233 or HIST287.
Examines the history and culture of the Jews from the thirteenth century BCE/BC to the present through an examination of significant themes or problems (such as "religion" or "diaspora") that shape our understanding of the Jewish people. A primary focus in the course will be on texts, artifacts, and other cultural products by Jews and others that illustrate the history of the Jews help understand their cultural heritage.
For Fall 2018 - Also offered as HIST287 and RELS219D. Credit only granted for HIST287, JWST233, or RELS219D.
JWST281
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Introduction to the Yiddish language, with emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will also learn the history of the language, its significance to Jewish culture, its origins and basic structure.
Credit only granted for JWST281 or GERM148Y.
JWST289E
New Explorations in Jewish Studies; Civil Discourse or Urban Riot: Why Cities Don't (Often) Explode
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Also offered as HIST135. Credit granted for HIST135 or JWST289E. An examination of the mechanisms that promote peaceful co-existence in urban societies and a discussion of how and why city streets sometimes become violent.
JWST289J
Jerusalem in Antiquity: The History of Sacred Space in a Holy City
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Also offered as RELS289J. Credit will be granted for JWST289J or RELS289J.

The questions of sacred space through the topic of Jerusalem are explored. The study of Jerusalem's history as a holy city reveals the many ways by which sacred space is constructed. It will also examine the development of places that continue to hold great sanctity in Judaism (the Western Wall), Christianity (the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Mount of Olives), and Islam (the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Haram ash-Sharif).
JWST319M
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Beyond Black and White: Jews and Representations of Race
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as ISRL349Z. Credit granted for ISRL349Z or JWST319M.

An examination of Western constructions and representations of 'race' from medieval times to the modern rise of Zionism and the founding of Israel, with a focus on how Jews utilized the racial discourses of each period to negotiate their position within Western history.
JWST319N
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; The Israeli Settler Movement: The Road to One State?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Also offered as ISRL329G and HIST329G. Credit only granted for ISRL329G, HIST329G, or JWST319N.

An exploration of the Israeli settler movement in the West Bank and its rise to prominence in Israeli politics in the last two decades. We will also examine how the success of the settlers influences the prospects of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the merit of claims that Israel-Palestine is already under a "one-state" reality.
JWST319Q
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; The Self and the "Other" in Israeli Culture: Literature, Film, and Televsion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as CMLT398B, FILM329J, HEBR498Q and JWST319Q. Credit granted only for ISRL349Q, CMLT398B, FILM329J, HEBR498Q, or JWST319Q.

Modern Israel includes people of many different faiths, ethnicities, languages, and cultures, but Jews of European origin have generally dominated its political and cultural climate. Through literature and film, we will explore how the sense of the "self" is constructed and how the "other" is imagined in Israeli culture. "Others" include Palestinians, Sephardim, Mizrahim, non-Zionists, women, and Eastern Europeans who do not relinquish their ties to the past, as well as other individuals who resist the collective ideologies of a nation constructing itself.
JWST319Y
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Archaeological Methods and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANTH240, ARTH200, or CLAS180. Also offered as: ANTH305, ARTH305, CLAS305. Credit only granted for: ANTH305, ARTH305, CLAS305, or JWST319Y.

A team-taught, interdisciplinary course discussing theories, methods, and ethical issues in the practice of archaeology.
JWST326
Jews and Judaism in Antiquity II: First through Seventh Centuries
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, DVUP
Also offered as: HIST371.
Credit only granted for: HIST371 or JWST326.
Political, social, and religious history of the Jews from the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE to the Muslim conquests. Special attention to the political transformations in Judaism under late Roman Christianity, and the rise of the Rabbinic movement.
For Fall 2018 - Also offered as HIST371 and RELS319D. Credit only granted for HIST371, JWST326, or RELS319D.
JWST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The Jewish Studies Program's internship program. Pre-professional experience in research, analysis, and writing related to Jewish Studies in a variety of work settings.
Students will meet with instructor for one hour per week while completing their internship.
JWST409K
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies; Jews, Politics, and the State
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
JWST409V
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies; Dead Sea Scrolls in Gendered Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Also offered as WMST498T. Credit granted for JWST409V or WMST498T. The Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the great archaeological finds of the twentieth century, provide evidence for an ancient Jewish movement that arose in opposition to mainstream Judaism during the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. While awaiting a messiah and a violent endtimes judgment, this movement developed unusual religious practices, possibly including celibacy and certainly including strict rules about marriage and sexual behavior. How do sex, gender, and sexuality relate to religious identity? How do gender and power interrelate? Attention to the Dead Sea Scrolls in gendered perspective will allow us to answer these questions and to better understand an especially fascinating moment in ancient Jewish history.
JWST468C
(Perm Req)
Readings in the Hebrew Bible; Selected Readings in Biblical, Post Biblical, and Rabbinic Hebrew
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HEBR313; or permission of instructor. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Formerly: HEBR441 and HEBR442.

Readings in the Hebrew text of the Bible. Emphasis in close reading, grammar analysis, and modern interpretations of the Bible. Language of instruction English; all texts in Hebrew.

Texts surveyed will include samples of Classical Hebrew including Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Rabbinic Literature.
JWST499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Jewish Studies; Independent Study in Jewish Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST600
General Seminar in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Introduce graduate students to the fields, problems, and basic methods of research in the comtemporary practice of Jewish Studies. Consideration of chronological and historiographical problems, questions of the development of Jewish thought and literature and Jewish religious and cultural history in four rough chronological periods: Biblical Israel, Judaism in Antiquity, Judaism in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, and Modern Judaism.
JWST619
(Perm Req)
Directed Readings in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST648
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Focus on the central issues in Jewish history as well as the key historiographical debates on those issues.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST658
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish Thought and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Examines key issues in the development of Jewish thought and culture.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST678
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Examines selected themes on literatures in the development of Jewish literary traditions.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST678D
Readings in Jewish Literature; Dead Sea Scrolls in Gendered Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
JWST799
(Perm Req)
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.