Jewish Studies Courses
This is a representative list of courses offered at the university and should not be used for schedule planning. For up-to-date course listings and information, consult Class Search.
EN / FL 246: Literature of the Holocaust
The course will study selected works from different genres and media – memoir, novel, graphic memoir, film, survivor videos, poetry – all portraying various aspects of the Holocaust and its aftermath. Such themes as survival, dehumanization, guilt, and retribution will be discussed, as well as Nazi ideology and politics. Recent readings have included Appelfeld, Badenheim 1939, Wiesel, Night, Spiegelman, MAUS, Levi, If This Is A Man, Schlink The Reader, and Bruck, Who Loves You Like This…
FL 390: German Film and the Holocaust
How was film instrumental in building up the Third Reich and in alienating the European Jewry? How have filmmakers, since the end of World War II to date, grappled with the task of visually representing the atrocities of the Jewish Holocaust? In this course students will examine a variety of fictional and documentary films and discuss the various ways in which filmmakers visually represent the historic events. While most of the films we will look at are from Germany, we shall also take time to examine a number of American and European films to allow students to compare German cinematic representations with film produced in other cultural contexts. The course will equip students with the necessary skills and vocabulary to talk and write about film in German, both from a technical and historical perspective.
HI 307: Jewish History
This course is a survey of major topics in Jewish history, including the development of Jewish life on the European continent, patterns of migration that created a global diaspora, as well as the formation of the modern State of Israel.
HI 418: Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany
Fascism as a theoretical concept, rise of fascism in Italy and Germany, seizure of power by Mussolini and Hitler, organization of the economy, churches, military, women, youth, and culture under the dictatorships.
HI 466: History of Palestine-Israel Conflict
Historical roots and development of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from the late nineteenth century until the present through the study of the history and historiography of Zionism, Palestinian nationalism, creation of the state of Israel, establishment of settlements, conflicts and peace negotiations, as well as a study of the impact of this conflict on both Israeli and Palestinian societies, economies and cultures.
HI 491: Jewish-Christian Relations in the Premodern World
This course is an advanced research seminar in which students explore Jewish-Christian relations from late antiquity to the early modern period. The history of Jewish-Christian relations is one of religious tension, prejudice, and at times, violence. Yet these two religious cultures have been deeply connected and reflect different aspects of European society. The project of the course is to recover the shared culture of European Jews and Christians within which this unhappy history occurred.
REL 311: Introduction to Hebrew Bible
Study of Old Testament books, examining their content, background, and development. Comparisons of the biblical material with other Ancient Near Eastern Literture. Assessment of contributions from archaeology and literary studies to clarify the text.
REL 314: Inter-Testamental Literature
An introduction to the literature of Second Temple Judaism.
REL 350: Introduction to Judaism
A survey of Jewish religious traditions from the bible through the present day. Evolution of major religious ideas through classical texts including torah, Talmud, philosophical and mystical literature, and contemporary fiction.