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Courses - Spring 2017
JWST
Jewish Studies Department Site
JWST219N
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Jewish Humor from the Shtetl to Seinfeld
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
This course examines a broad range of Jewish humor in literature, press, comics, television, on stage and in film. The course will discuss questions like: What is Jewish humor? Does it stem essentially from the experience of an ex-territorial disadvantage minority? What becomes of it in the State of Israel?
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.
Also offered as RELS219A and HIST219I.
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.
JWST289A
New Explorations in Jewish Studies; The Million that's Gone: The Jews of Muslim Lands in Modern Time
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as HIST219C. Credit granted for JWST289A or HIST219C.

Examines the complex and fraught history of the Jews of Muslim lands in modern times, a population reduced from about one million a century ago to several tens of thousands today.
JWST319K
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Jewry of Muscle: Zionism and Jewish Masculinity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
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.
JWST347
Tradition and Change: Jewish Religion in the Modern World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Credit only granted for: JWST419E, JWST347, HIST429X, JWST419R, or RELS419R.
Formerly: JWST419E, JWST419R.
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.
Also offered as HIST429X and RELS419R.
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.
JWST409Y
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies; The Jews and the State in Modern Era
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
JWST418
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
JWST478N
Readings in Modern Hebrew; Hasidism and its Opponents
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HEBR313 or Permission of Instructor

Readings from major early Hebrew Hasidic and anti-Hasidic texts and from the scholarly literature as appropriate. The readings will be in Hebrew but the class will be taught in English. Vocabulary lists will be provided.
JWST491
Judaism and the Construction of Gender
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Prerequisite: 1 course in JWST; or 1 course in LGBT; or 1 course in WMST.
Also offered as: WMST491.
Credit only granted for: JWST419X, JWST491, or WMST491.
Formerly: JWST419X.
The study of Jewish culture, religious practice, communal authority, and literature through the frame of such critical categories of analysis as gender, sexuality, masculinity, power, ethics, and the feminine.
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.
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.
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
Contact department for information to register for this course.
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.