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Course Schedule for JEWISH STUDIES - Fall 2015
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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3487 JWST-206-01 Arab/Israeli Conflict 1.00 LEC Kiener,Ronald TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM MECC - 232 GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  An examination of the dynamics of the Arab/Israeli conflict, especially since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The course will focus on the changing interests and positions of the parties involved: Israel, the Palestinians, the Arab states, and the important international players. It will also highlight contradictions within the major camps.
2750 JWST-219-01 Israeli Film & Visual Media 1.00 LEC Ayalon,Michal M: 6:30PM-9:30PM CT - 210 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Israeli film from the heroic nationalist sentiments of the 1950s to the conflicted alienation of the 21st century, offers a unique window into the history and society of the modern state. This course uses visual media to promote a wide variety of perspectives on Israeli culture and society, and assumes no previous knowledge about Israel. In addition to commercial movies and TV, assigned readings will address Israeli cinema as well as related historical and social issues.
2189 JWST-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
2299 JWST-497-01 Senior Thesis 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment in this single-semester thesis.
2034 HEBR-101-01 Elem Modern Hebrew I 1.00 LEC Ayalon,Michal MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM SH - T408 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  NOTE: Students who studied Hebrew for three or more years in high school may not enroll in HEBR 101.
  A comprehensive introduction to the basic vocabulary and grammatical rules of Modern Hebrew will be systematically presented and reviewed. Designed to develop a basic ability to read, write, understand, and speak modern Hebrew, this course will also include exposure to appropriate cultural materials. (Also offered under the Middle Eastern studies and Jewish studies programs.)
2035 HEBR-201-01 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I 1.00 LEC Ayalon,Michal MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM SH - T408 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Hebrew 102 or equivalent.
  This course continues the development of skills in conversation, composition, and reading. Advanced grammar and syntax are introduced, as well as expanded readings from Israeli newspapers and literature. (Also offered under the Middle Eastern studies and Jewish studies programs.)
3540 HIST-213-01 Modern Jewish History 1.00 LEC Kassow,Samuel D. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM MECC - 246 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course will examine major trends in Jewish history since 1789. There will be particular emphasis on Jewish society in Eastern Europe and the breakdown of orthodox hegemony. Topics will include the Haskalah, the Bund, the development of Zionism, the interwar period in Eastern Europe, the Holocaust, and the State of Israel. The approach will be primarily that of intellectual history with emphasis on the secular aspect of Jewish history.
3542 HIST-355-01 The Bible in History 1.00 LEC Elukin,Jonathan W: 1:15PM-3:55PM HIL - DININGROOM GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  The Bible is arguably the most important book ever assembled. This course will explore the changing role of the Bible from Late Antiquity to the Enlightenment and its impact on society. Themes addressed in this course include: the holiness of the text, the role of the Bible in medieval culture, comparisons with the Hebrew Bible and the Koran, the impact of printing, and the critical re-conception of the Bible as a created rather than divine text.
2058 RELG-109-01 Jewish Tradition 1.00 LEC Kiener,Ronald TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM MC - AUD GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 80
  NOTE: 20 spaces are being reserved for the incoming first-year students.
  A thematic introduction to the major concepts, ritual cycles, holidays, and beliefs of Judaism. Readings and course material will be taken from classic Jewish texts as well as modern secondary sources. (May be counted toward International Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies.)
3455 RELG-211-01 Intro Hebrew Bible/Old Testame 1.00 LEC Cancelled HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  Where did the Bible come from? This class will examine the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) in its evolution and complexity. We will pay careful attention to the text's many powerful voices and striking literary features, its great figures such as Abraham, Moses, and David, and its relationship with the major historical events which shaped the life of ancient Israel and later Jewish and Christian tradition. (May be counted toward Jewish Studies and International Studies/Middle Eastern Studies.)
3458 RELG-307-01 Jewish Philosophy 1.00 SEM Kiener,Ronald M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Religion 109.
  This course provides an introduction to the major themes and thinkers of medieval and modern Jewish philosophy. We will study how Plato, Aristotle, and other non-Jewish philosophers found their Jewish voice in the likes of Philo, Saadia Gaon, Judah Halevi, Maimonides, and Mendelssohn. Issues to be considered are the relationship between reason and revelation, the concept of monotheism, the nature of prophecy and the Jewish tradition, and the problem of evil. Extensive use of original sources in translation will be complemented by interpretive studies. (May be counted toward Philosophy.)