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Courses - Spring 2019
JWST
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JWST230
Rabbinic Movement: History and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU
Also offered as: HIST281.
Credit only granted for: HIST281 or JWST230.
Introduction to the Rabbinic movement and its history, first to seventh century CE. Survey of the essential texts of ancient Rabbinic literature, both halakhic (legal) and aggadic (non-legal).
Additional Note: For Spring 2019; Also offered as HIST281 and RELS219C. Credit granted for HIST281, JWST230, or RELS219C.
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. 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.
JWST275
The Jew and the City through the Centuries
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
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 GERM149Y. Not open to students who have completed GERM149Y. Continuation of JWST281.
JWST289C
New Explorations in Jewish Studies; Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students interested in a Biblical Hebrew course should contact the department.
JWST319D
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Mizrahi Identity in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST329Z and ISRL329M. Credit only granted for HIST329Z, ISRL329M, or JWST319D.

It is impossible to understand Israeli society today without examining the Mizrahi experience. Despite the common misconception that most Israelis are of European origin, the fact of the matter is that Jews of Mizrahi origin, whose parents and grandparentsimmigrated to Israel from the Middle East and North Africa,represent a major part of the Israeli population. Moreover, Ashkenazi-Mizrahi relations continue to be a major source of tension in Israeli society and politics.This course brings to light narratives of Mizrahi identity in Israel and explores the trajectory of the Mizrahi struggle for equality through its various milestones: the 1959 Wadi Salib Revolt, the Black Panthers Movement in the 1970s, the emergence of the Israeli Sephardi-Orthodox party Shas, and the new wave of Mizrahi activism in the 21st century. Additionally, the course explores literature, film and television to uncover the way Mizrahi Jews narrate their story in Israel today.
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: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
JWST333
Jews in Early Modern Times 1450-1750
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: HIST282; or JWST234.
Also offered as: HIST373.
Credit only granted for: JWST333 or HIST373.
Formerly: JWST419C.
Emergence of new powerful population centers, religious and cultural creativity, new forms of community, and radical messianic movements.
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.
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).
JWST418
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
JWST419C
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Representing the Holocaust
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
JWST429M
Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies; American Jewry and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
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
Directed Readings in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST699
(Perm Req)
Independent Graduate Readings in Jewish Studies
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.