Current Semester Courses
FALL 2013 Jewish Studies Courses
HIST 20200-01 Jews in the Modern World LA HU 1 G H
3 CREDITS (CROSS-LISTED COURSE)
INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Lesses, Muller 307, Ext. 4-3556, firstname.lastname@example.org
PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities or social sciences
STUDENTS: Open to all students interested in Jewish history
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course deals with the challenges that Jews have faced in the modern world and the creative responses that they have made to them for the past 500 years, since the Expulsion from Spain in 1492. We will discuss the larger political and social forces that have influenced Jewish life in the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas: European colonialism, mass migrations, the philosophical Enlightenment, Jewish political emancipation, religious and political anti-semitism, the Holocaust, nationalism, Zionism, the establishment of the state of Israel. In this course, we also seek a lens into the modern Jewish experience through examination of religious and cultural movements like Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, and modern Jewish philosophy, and analysis of Jewish material culture, Jewish literature, and artistic representations of Jewish life.
NOTE: This course is cross-listed with JWST 20200 Jews in the Modern World. Students cannot register for HIST 20200 if they are registered for JWST 20200.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: class discussions, lectures, student presentations, and films.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: attendance and participation, short analysis papers, class presentation, midterm and final exam, and short research paper. Grading: A-F.