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Courses - Fall 2020
JWST
Jewish Studies Department Site
JWST141
American Jewish Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with 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.
JWST187
God, Land, Power, and the People: Moral Issues in the Jewish Historical Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Cross-listed with: HIST187.
Credit only granted for: HIST187 or JWST187.
Examines the complicated relationship between theology, nationalism, sovereignty, and the ethical exercise of social control using case studies drawn from the Jewish historical experience. The universal and age-old issues implicit in the exercise of power have gained special moral force for Jews with the creation of the State of Israel, a Jewish and a democratic state with substantial non-Jewish minorities and hundreds of thousands of non-citizen subjects. Can these be reconciled? Jewish efforts over the ages and in recent times to define justice provide concrete examples through which to examine and discuss crucial abstract principles.
JWST219G
Zionism and Sexual Revolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: ISRL249N.
Credit only granted for: ISRL249N or JWST219G.
Cross-listed with ISRL249N. Credit granted for JWST219G or ISRL249N.

In this course we will look at changes within European Jewish communities that influenced the development of particular fantasies about and representations of gender, love, and sex, and we will examine the ideological import of these ideas within the context of attempts to construct new forms of societies and relationships in Palestine and Israel.
JWST262
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: ENGL262, HEBR298B.
Credit only granted for: JWST262, HEBR293B, or ENGL262.
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.
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.
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
Crosslisted with 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.
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.
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.

Examines the complex history of Jerusalem's status as a holy city, with a focus on constructions of sacred space in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
JWST319N
The Israeli Settler Movement: The Road to One State?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Cross-listed with: HIST329G, ISRL329G.
Credit only granted for: HIST329G, ISRL329G 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.
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.
JWST344
Modern Jewish History II: World Jewry Since 1870
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST375.
Credit only granted for: HIST375 or JWST344.
Social, political, economic, and cultural change in the Jewish world since 1870. Emphasis on emancipation, assimilation, and new forms of Jewish identity in Western and Eastern European Jewry from the 19th Century to the present.
JWST347
Tradition and Change: Jewish Religion in the Modern World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: HIST429X, RELS419R.
Credit only granted for: JWST347, HIST429X, or RELS419R.
An exploration of the history of the different modern Jewish religious movements that developed in Europe, starting with messianic movements and ending with Reform and Orthodoxy. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of the academic study of Judaism on the development of modern Jewish religious ideologies and practices.
Cross-listed with HIST429X and RELS419R.
JWST370
Before the Holocaust: The Golden Age of Eastern European Jewry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: HIST419Q.
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.
JWST408
(Perm Req)
Honors Seminar in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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JWST409
(Perm Req)
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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JWST418
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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JWST429B
Classical Arabic Philosophy by Muslims and Jews
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: PHIL428B.
Credit only granted for: PHIL428B or JWST429B.
An introduction to classical Arabic philosophy from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries of the Christian era. But unlike most courses on this topic, we shall not be reading philosophy solely by Muslims but also by Jews (and maybe Christians). In a sense, the course is best described by the title of the book by Dimitri Gutas, "Greek Thought, Arabic Culture".
Cross-listed with PHIL428B. Credit only granted for PHIL428B or JWST429B.
JWST452
The Golden Age of Jewish Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: 3 credits in PHIL courses; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies; or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Cross-listed with PHIL417. Credit only granted for: JWST452 or PHIL417.
Jewish philosophy from Maimonides in the 12th century to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain at the end of the 15th Century. Topics include the limitations of human knowledge, creation of the world, foreknowledge and free will, and the existence of God.
JWST478
(Perm Req)
Readings in Modern Hebrew
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST492
Sex, Gender, and Jewish Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Prerequisite: 1 course in WMST; or 1 course in JWST; or 1 course in LGBT; or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with: LGBT448W, WMST498W.
Credit only granted for: JWST492, JWST409G, JWST419W, LGBT448W, or WMST498W.
Formerly: JWST409G and JWST419W.
An exploration of Jewish embodiment, including dynamics related to biological sex, culturally-framed gender, and sexuality. Topics of discussion may include transgender and intersex Jews, stereotypes and gender performance, modesty, genetics, and body alteration. Focus is on contemporary Jewish culture, framed within the larger historical and textual tradition.
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.
JWST609
(Perm Req)
Supervised Instruction-Practicum in Jewish Studies
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
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JWST619
(Perm Req)
Directed Readings in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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JWST799
(Perm Req)
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.