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Courses - Spring 2016
JWST
Jewish Studies Department Site
JWST219O
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Jewish Languages in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVCC
Also offered as HEBR298O. Credit granted for JWST219O or HEBR298O.

Students will explore the history and current use of a variety of languages and dialects in the American Jewish community. They will analyze how language affects identity and the relationships to the majority group, as well as within the cultural group.
JWST225
Religions of the Ancient Near East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: JWST225, RELS219A, or HIST219I.
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.
JWST272
Introduction to Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: CMLT242.
Credit only granted for: CMLT242 or JWST272.
A survey of Jewish literature and introduction to methods of reading literature in general and Jewish literature in particular. Concern with what makes a literary corpus Jewish and other issues of canonicity. All texts in English translation.
Also offered as CMLT242. Credit granted for JWST272 or CMLT242.
JWST281
Yiddish I
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.
Also offered as GERM148Y. Credit granted for GERM148Y or JWST281.
JWST319K
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Jewry of Muscle: Zionism and Jewish Masculinity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as ISRL329K. Credit 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 filmic sources, we will analyze how these Zionist and Israeli cultural productions served to build (and sometimes undermine) this new model of Jewish masculinity.
JWST319Q
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Self and Other in Israeli Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ISRL349Q, CMLT398B and JWST319Q. Credit granted for ISRL349Q, CMLT398B, HEBR498Q, or JWST319Q.

People representing many different faiths, ethnicities, languages, and cultures populate Modern Israel. Nevertheless, Jews of European origins have dominated the state's political and cultural climate. Through an exploration of literature and film, we will explor the ways in which the sense of the "self" is constructed and the ways in which the "other" is imagined in Israeli culture. "Others" include Palestinians, Sepharadim, Mizrahim, non-Zionists, Women, Eastern Europeans who do not relinquish their ties to the past, as well as individuals who resist the collective ideologies of a modern nation in the making.
JWST319R
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; The Jewish Graphic Novel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ENGL379D and CMLT398R. Credit granted for JWST319R, ENGL379D, or CMLT398R. We will explore the boom in contemporary Jewish graphic novels from all over the world. What defines a Jewish graphic novel? What does a graphic novel accomplish that a conventional novel does not? Can a graphic novel tackle serious issues within the Jewish community, issues such as trauma , sexuality, gender relations, class, and nationalism? We will read the works of Art Spiegelman, Rutu Modan, Leela Corman, Harvey Pekar, and others.
JWST324
Biblical History and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: HIST321.
Credit only granted for: HEBR333, HIST321, or JWST324.
Formerly: HEBR333.
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.
Also offered as HIST321. Credit will be granted for HIST321 or JWST324.
JWST345
The Holocaust of European Jewry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: 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.
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.
Also offered as HIST419Q.
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.
JWST409A
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies; Literature and Jewish Life in Eastern Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Class discusses 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.
JWST430
Dead Sea Scrolls
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.
Also offered as: RELS430.
Credit only granted for: JWST429Q, JWST430, RELS419Q,or RELS430.
Formerly: JWST429Q.
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.
Note: Also offered as RELS430. Credit granted for JWST430 or RELS430.
JWST459D
Readings in Medieval Hebrew; The Study of the Hebrew Bible in the Middle Ages
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST419T. Credit only granted for JWST459D or HIST419T.
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.
JWST600
General Seminar in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Introduce graduate students to the fields, problems, and basic methods of research in the comtemporary practice of Jewish Studies. Consideration of chronological and historiographical problems, questions of the development of Jewish thought and literature and Jewish religious and cultural history in four rough chronological periods: Biblical Israel, Judaism in Antiquity, Judaism in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, and Modern Judaism.
JWST619
(Perm Req)
Directed Readings in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST619B
Directed Readings in Jewish Studies; Hebrew Scripture and Inscriptions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
JWST648
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Focus on the central issues in Jewish history as well as the key historiographical debates on those issues.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST648F
Readings in Jewish History; Judaism, Christianity, and Other Greco-Roman Religions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as HIST639F. Credit granted for HIST639F or JWST648F.
JWST648L
Readings in Jewish History; Ancient Israel and the Archaeology of the Levant
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
JWST658
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish Thought and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Examines key issues in the development of Jewish thought and culture.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST678
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Examines selected themes on literatures in the development of Jewish literary traditions.
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JWST699
Independent Graduate Readings in Jewish Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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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.