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Course Schedule for JEWISH STUDIES - Spring 2018
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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5238 JWST-217-01 Law & Arab/Israeli Conflict 1.00 SEM Feinstein, Barry TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA GLB  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Focusing on the vital role international law plays in the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, this course will consider opposing views of key controversial historical and legal issues in this dispute, such as: international recognition, the legality of the use of force and self-defense, strategic aspects in the conflict, international humanitarian law / the law of armed conflict and belligerent occupation, international waterways,. Key diplomatic and legal documents pertaining to the conflict will be analyzed.
5082 JWST-219-01 Israeli Film & Visual Media 1.00 LEC Ayalon, Michal W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA 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.
5285 JWST-227-01 Arab World & Israel 1.00 LEC Feinstein, Barry TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA GLB  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  This course focuses on conflict and cooperation between Arab States and Israel, particularly in the economic sphere. How are international relations, business, and trade conducted with and between regional parties in conflict? What are the unique cultural issues which color such relations? Among the topics considered will be the overall international investment climate, pertinent international and local laws and regulations, and international contracting. Students also will gain deeper insight into international business transactions between Israel and the Arab world, including societal, legal and regulatory impediments, as well as countervailing political and economic pressures which encourage economic cooperation.
4256 HEBR-102-01 Elem Modern Hebrew II 1.00 LEC Ayalon, Michal MWF: 9:00AM-9:50AM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Hebrew 101 or equivalent.
  A continuation of Hebrew 101 with emphasis on increasing vocabulary, understanding, writing and speaking skills with widening exposure to appropriate cultural materials. (Also offered under the Middle Eastern studies and Jewish studies programs.)
4551 HEBR-202-01 Intmdt Modern Hebrew II 1.00 LEC Ayalon, Michal MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Hebrew 201 or equivalent.
  A continuation of Hebrew 201 with more advanced grammar and increased emphasis on composition and speaking as well as exposure to appropriate cultural materials. (Also offered under the Middle Eastern studies and Jewish studies programs.)
5060 HIST-213-01 Modern Jewish History 1.00 LEC Kassow, Samuel TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: 5 seats reserved for first-year students
  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.
4963 RELG-214-01 Jews in America 1.00 LEC Kiener, Ronald TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  A social and religious history of American Judaism from pre-revolutionary to contemporary times. After examining the era of immigration and “Americanization,” the course will focus on the ethnic, religious, and social structures of American Judaism: the community center, the synagogue, and the federation. (May be counted toward American studies and Jewish studies.)
4975 RELG-307-01 Jewish Philosophy 1.00 SEM Kiener, Ronald TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM 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.)