Courses: Current and Upcoming

Spring 2015 Jewish Studies Courses

This is a listing of Jewish Studies courses that will be taught in Spring 2015. The list includes both courses directly offered through Jewish Studies, with the JWST prefix, and those offered through other departments which students minoring in Jewish Studies can take for credit towards the minor.


Jewish Studies Courses Spring 2015    

From Auschwitz to Argentina ENGL/JWST 26400 MWF 3-3:50 pm (Annette Levine)  

Hebrew Scriptures JWST/RLST 10300   MW 4:00-5:15pm (Cynthia Hogan)  

Judaism JWST/RLST 20300    TR 4:00-5:15 pm (Cynthia Hogan)  

Seminar in Comparative and International Studies: Political Implications of the Holocaust POLT 40103  W 4-6:30  (Donald Beachler)​    

Courses are also being offered in Hebrew through the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures:  

Hebrew 102: MWF 2-2:50    (Mirit Hadar)

Hebrew 202: 11-11:50       (Mirit Hadar)    

*The Jewish Studies minor does recognize other languages, such as Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Yiddish, or Juedo-Español, to satisfy the minor as well   Please contact Annette Levine with questions about the Jewish Studies minor: alevine@ithaca.edu Questions about the individual courses should be directed to the instructors.    

Course descriptions below!  

From Auschwitz to Argentina: Stories of Resistance and Resilience   Annette Levine   MWF 3-3:50 pm  

Examination of the struggles and experiences of the holocaust and the Jewish diaspora in Latin America. Explores how drama, poetry, testimony, and historical fiction reveal the power of narration to express the human capacity for resistance and resilience. Cross-listed with English 26400  

Hebrew Scriptures Cynthia Hogan       MW 4:00-5:15pm          
The Hebrew Bible, one of the foundational books of both western and world culture, serves as the basis for Judaism and Christianity. In this course, we read the books of the Bible critically as literature, as a religious and moral text, and as a source of sociological knowledge. This course surveys the biblical literature, acquaints the students with critical methods for the study of the Bible, situates the Bible within the literature and culture of the ancient Near East, and discusses the religion of ancient Israel. Cross-listed with Religious Studies  

Judaism Cynthia Hogan     TR 4:00-5:15 pm            
  This course treats the books of the Bible critically as literature, as religious and moral texts, and as a source of sociological knowledge. The course will deal with questions of history and archaeology and with questions of meaning: what the biblical text meant to its ancient readers and what meanings it has today. Cross-listed with Religious Studies  

Seminar in Comparative and International Studies: Political Implications of the Holocaust POLT 40103  W 4-6:30  (Donald Beachler)​  

Small group settings designed to permit intensive examination of selected topics not provided elsewhere in the curriculum. Seminar topics change from year to year. This course may be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Counts as a Comparative & International Studies course for politics majors and international politics minors. Prerequisites: Junior/senior standing; three courses in the social sciences, of which at least one must be in POLT; or permission of instructor.

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