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Courses - Spring 2019
JWST
Jewish Studies Department Site
JWST219B
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Gender and Sexuality in Israeli Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVUP
Also offered as ISRL249K, FILM298K, WMST298T, and LGBT298T. Credit only granted for ISRL249K, JWST219B, FILM298K, WMST298T, or LGBT298T.

This course will explore the different ways gender and sexuality have been represented in Israeli Cinema over time. We will examine notions of "manhood" and "womanhood" within the Israeli social context, as well as look at examples of outliers, exceptions, transgressors, and pariahs. We will investigate different types of representations of gender and sexuality, asking how they configure secular society, the Orthodox/ Haredi religious community, the LGBTQ community, the Arab/Palestinian communities, the Israeli soldier population, and more.
JWST262
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: ENGL262.
Credit only granted for: JWST262, HEBR223 or ENGL262.
Formerly: HEBR223.
Origins of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), with attention to literary formations, archaeology, and social-political settings. Explorations of major questions, including who wrote the Bible, and when; relationships of the biblical tradition to the mythology and religious structures of ancient Israel's near eastern neighbors; and dynamics of politics, religious leadership, and law.
JWST272
Introduction to Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: CMLT242.
Credit only granted for: CMLT242 or JWST272.
A survey of Jewish literature and introduction to methods of reading literature in general and Jewish literature in particular. Concern with what makes a literary corpus Jewish and other issues of canonicity. All texts in English translation.
Also offered as ISRL249G and CMLT242. Credit only granted for CMLT242, ISRL249G, or JWST272.
JWST275
The Jew and the City through the Centuries
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as: HIST286.
Credit only granted for: HIST286 or JWST275.
Jewish urban experience from ancient times to the present. Public space and private. The city and the sacred. Jewish ghettos and quarters. The struggle over modern Jerusalem.
Also offered as HIST286. Credit only granted for HIST286 or JWST275.
JWST282
Elementary Yiddish II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JWST281; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies.
Continuation of JWST281.
JWST281 or GERM148Y or permission of department. Also offered as GERM149Z. Not open to students who have completed GERM149Z. Continuation of JWST281.
JWST289A
New Explorations in Jewish Studies; Can Jews be Arabs? Identity and Crisis for the Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as HIST219C. Credit only granted for JWST289A or HIST219C.

Examines the complex and fraught history of the Jews of Arab lands in modern times, with a focus on questions of identity, relationship with Christian and Muslim Arabs, and the impact of Zionism and Arab nationalism.
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 only 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.
JWST319V
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Religious and Political Transformations in Modern Jewish History, 1650 - 1870
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST329F. Credit granted for JWST319V or HIST329F.

Analysis of the social, cultural, and political forces that led to the emancipation of the Jews and the integration of a once detested ethnic- religious group into European society. Attention will be paid to new Jewish religious movements, including Reform Judaism and Neo-Orthodoxy, as well as to the profound changes in Jewish life-style in the nineteenth century.
JWST324
Biblical History and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: HIST321.
Credit only granted for: HEBR333, HIST321, or JWST324.
Formerly: HEBR333.
Study of the political, social, and religious development of the Jewish nation from its inception to its return from exile in Babylonia around 536 C.E. Focus on biblical texts, archeological finds, and source materials from neighboring cultures to reconstruct political history and the development of religious concepts.
JWST331
Early Christianity: Jesus to Constantine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed one course in ancient history at the 200 level.
Also offered as: HIST320.
Credit only granted for: HIST320 or JWST331.
Social and religious history of early Christianity from its origin in the first century to the reign of Constantine.
Also offered as HIST320. Credit granted for JWST331 or HIST320.
JWST345
The Holocaust of European Jewry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: HIST307.
Credit only granted for: HIST307 or JWST345.
Roots of Nazi Jewish policy in the 1930s and during World War II: the process of destruction and the implementation of the "final solution of the Jewish problem" in Europe, and the responses made by the Jews to their concentration and annihilation.
JWST386
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.
JWST409C
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies; The Construction of Jewish Knowledge
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
JWST409F
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies; Death in the Biblical World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Death, burial and concepts of the afterlife in the ancient Mediterranean cultures with a particular focus on ancient Israel and early Judiasm. Source material, both texts and artifacts, will be examined within the contexts of the ancient Near East (Egypt and Mesopotamia) and the Classical World (Greece and Rome).

Also offered as ARTH489J. Credit granted for JWST409F or ARTH489J.
JWST418
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
JWST419C
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Representing the Holocaust
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as FILM469E. Credit granted for JWST419C or FILM469E.
JWST419Z
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Targumic Aramaic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This is a Big Ten Academic Alliance Course-Share course. The instructor, Tawny Holm, is at the Penn State University. UMD students enroll and and attend the class at UMD. For more information, contact the instructor at tholm@psu.edu or (814) 863-0790.

A general introduction to Aramaic and will enable students to read texts in a variety of Aramaic dialects. No prior knowledge of Aramaic or any other Semitic language is required.
JWST429M
Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies; American Jewry and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as GVPT368N. Credit only granted for JWST429M or GVPT368N.

An examination of the contours of American Jewry and its engagement in public policy. Focus will be on historical development, Jewish political thought, organizational and representation structures. Areas of specific concern include Israel and foreign policy, as well as domestic topics, including electoral politics. A number of in-depth case studies will be examined.
JWST469P
Readings in Rabbinic Hebrew; Development of Prayers and Liturgy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
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; 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.
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JWST699
(Perm Req)
Independent Graduate Readings in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST719P
Readings in Jewish Studies; Readings in Rabbinic Hebrew: Development of Prayers and Liturgy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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.