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Courses - Spring 2022
JWST
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JWST219F
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Written and Oral Storytelling in the Jewish Tradition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with TDPS258W and ISRL249B. Credit only granted for ISRL249B, TDPS258W, or JWST219F.

This course will focus on the evolution of the role of the story-telle as a mediator between fiction and truth, with some emphasis on Jewish and Israeli literature. Students will read and analyze short stories i the first part of the course, and then create a workshop in which they will present their own.
JWST219J
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Bagel, Lox, Action: The Construction of Jewishness on Screen
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listing with CINE298J. Credit only granted for JWST219J or CINE298J.

This course will examine the ways in which filmmakers have used the cinematic medium to construct Jewish identity, and the different ways Jews and Jewishness have been represented in cinema over time. We will investigate different types of representations of Jews, asking how they operate in broader social context and film traditions. Our goal will be to critically engage with the films and to grapple with such questions as: How is Jewishness defined by film creators? What are the points of linkage and rupture between the various films? Are Jewish films, if such a category exists, the product of a marginalized minority? How do definitions of ethnic film help analyze Jewish film? Can non-Jewish filmmakers create Jewishness on screen?
JWST225
Religions of the Ancient Near East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: RELS225, HIST219I.
Credit only granted for: JWST225, HIST219I, RELS225, or RELS219A.
Formerly: RELS219A.
Introduction to ancient Near Eastern religious systems and mythology, from the third millennium BCE through the fourth century BCE. Particular emphasis on Mesopotamia and ancient Israel.
JWST275
Urban Dreams and Nightmares: The Jewish Experience of Cities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: HIST286.
Credit only granted for: HIST286 or JWST275.
Cities give expression to man's power while they highlight human limitations. It is urban social diversity that makes great wealth and thriving culture possible, but it also fixes discrimination behind walls constructed from paper and stone. Nations make cities symbols of the sacred and the glorious, while they ignore the poverty and social alienation that city life breeds. Jews, intensively urbanized for millennia, provide a special vantage point from which to study the beauty and the tragedy implicit in city-building. Our sources will include the Bible, poems, plays and novels but also US Supreme Court rulings and news of riots in Israel. We will survey how Jews have shaped, and been shaped by, the urban challenge over time and space.
JWST319K
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Jewry of Muscle: Zionism and Jewish Masculinity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ISRL329K. Credit only granted for JWST319K or ISRL329K.

Part of the Zionist cultural project involved creating a new Jewish masculinity that would replace the diasporic "sissy Jew" with a strong, healthy new "Jewry of Muscle." Using literary and cinematic sources, we will analyze how these Zionist and Israeli cultural productions served to build (and sometimes undermine) this new model of Jewish masculinity.
JWST319O
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Readings in Yiddish, Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This is a Big Ten Academic Alliance Course-Share Course.

Crosslisting with GERM399R. Credit only granted for JWST319O, GERM399R or JWST419Y.

This course provides students with a unique chance to improve their Yiddish speaking, reading, and writing skills. In addition to touching on key grammar points, we explore texts written by classic Yiddish authors such as Sholem Aleichem, S.Y. Abramovitsch, I.L. Peretz, I.B. Singer, and contemporary. The final grade will be determined according to class participation, short essays, and a presentation. This course requires proficiency in a foreign language.
JWST319P
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Social Innovation, Change, and Justice: Do Good Now
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ARHU380. For Spring 2022: Credit granted only for JWST319P, ARHU380, BSOS388B, or PLCY388D.

The course serves as the core course for the Arts-and-Humanities track in PLCY's minor in "Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation." Students will be introduced to the role that the Arts and Humanities can play in social innovation and social change, while exploring various mechanisms for achieving impact with a focus on advancing social justice, equity and systems change. This course deepens understandings of nonprofit leadership, entrepreneurship and social innovation by guiding students through the creation and implementation of social change projects and ventures of their choice.
JWST324
Biblical History and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: HIST321.
Credit only granted for: HIST321, or JWST324.
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.
Cross-listed with 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.
Cross-listed with HIST320. Credit granted for JWST331 or HIST320.
JWST345
The Holocaust of European Jewry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with 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.
JWST409G
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies; Jewish Women in Modernity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST418F. Credit only granted for HIST418F or JWST409G.
JWST418
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST429M
Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies; American Jewry and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with 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.
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
Contact department for information to register for this course.
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.