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Courses - Fall 2019
JWST
Jewish Studies Department Site
JWST219G
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Zionism and Sexual Revolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with ISRL249N. Credit granted for JWST219G or ISRL249N.
JWST219T
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Merchants, Rabbis and Schmaltz: The Politics of Jews and Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with FILM298T. Credit only granted for JWST219T or FILM298T . What are the different ways Jews and Jewishness have been represented inCinema over time? How have Jewish filmmakers used the cinematic medium to construct or deconstruct Jewish identity? Students will investigate different types of representations of Jews, asking how they operate in the context of the broader film traditions, and more.
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.
Cross-listed with 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 - Cross-listed with 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.
Jointly offered with GERM148Y. Credit only granted for JWST281 or GERM14 8Y.
JWST289E
Civil Discourse or Urban Riot: Why Cities Don't (Often) Explode
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Cross-listed with: HIST135.
Credit only 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.
Jointly offered with HIST135. Credit granted for HIST135 or JWST289E.
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
Cross-listed with: RELS289J.
Credit only granted for: JWST289J or RELS289J.
Cross-listed with RELS289J. Credit will be granted for JWST289J or RELS289J.
JWST325
Jews and Judaism in Antiquity I: Sixth Century BCE through the First Century CE
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, DVUP
Cross-listed with HIST370.
Credit only granted for: HIST370 or JWST325.
Political, social, and religious history of the Jews from the Persian Period to the Judean Revolt of 66-70CE. Special attention to the rise of sectarian and revolutionary movements.
JWST370
Before the Holocaust: The Golden Age of Eastern European Jewry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: JWST419E, JWST370, or HIST419Q.
Formerly: JWST419E.
An exploration of the history of the Jews of Eastern Europe from the period of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth until the Holocaust. Topics to be covered include religious, political, social, and cultural transformation of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the context of the general political changes in the area.
Jointly offered with HIST419Q. Credit granted for JWST370 or HIST419Q.
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.
JWST408
(Perm Req)
Honors Seminar in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST409
(Perm Req)
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST409A
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies; Literature and Jewish Life in Eastern Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
We will read and discuss literary works by different authors describing Jewish life in Eastern Europe, and examine their contribution to the myths, images, and historiography of Eastern European Jewry. Scholarly articles will help us analyze the specific historical conditions that served as background for the different literary works.
JWST418
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST430
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Prerequisite: Must have completed one JWST course or one RELS course; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies.
Cross-listed with RELS430.
Credit only granted for: JWST430 or RELS430.
A study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in their ancient and modern settings, and in terms of contemporary scholarly interpretations of their meaning. Interpretations of the historical significance of these documents, their connections to ancient Jewish sectarian movements, and their implications for our understanding of Judaism, Christianity, and the history of the Bible.
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.
JWST699
Independent Graduate Readings in Jewish Studies
Credits: 1 - 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.