Jewish Studies Courses 2016-17

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* Note that some of the syllabi listed below are out of date!
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Eligible 1000 Level Courses

Hebrew 1030 - Hebrew 1

A course in oral and written modern Hebrew for students with rudimentary knowledge of the language. Prepares students for direct progression to Hebrew 2200 Hebrew 2. 4 hours, 1.0 course

Antirequisite(s): Grade 12 University-prepatory Hebrew, or equivalent level of secondary study.

Fall/Winter HB 1030 Huron College NA Tuesday/Thursday 8:30-10:30am Syllabus

Hebrew 1040A- Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

An introduction to the writing system and grammar of Biblical Hebrew for those with no previous knowledge of the language. Special attention will be paid to the noun, adjective, and participle. 4 hours, 0.5 course

Antirequisite(s): Hebrew 1030 or Grade 4 Hebrew (or Grade 2 in Israel); the former Hebrew 003a/b.
Fall HB 1040A Huron College Meyer

Tuesday 1:30-3:30              

Friday 1:30-3:30


Eligible 2000 Level Courses

French 2211F - Holocaust and Literature

This course will examine descriptions of life during the Holocaust in a few essential testimonial texts, with a particular focus on the ways in which individuals react to extraordinary circumstances and interact with one another in a changed society. All readings and discussions in this course are in English. 2 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2211F UWO Goldschlager Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm Syllabus

Hebrew 2200 - Intermediate Modern Hebrew

This course provides students who already have a basic knowledge of grammatical structures with a more in-depth study of the language and attention to verb conjugation, noun forms, and syntactic structure of modern Hebrew. Students will learn to understand and produce texts in modern Hebrew through exposure to literature, poetry, and everyday conversation. 4 hours, 1.0 course

Prerequisite(s): Hebrew 1030, or Grade 12 University-prepatory Hebrew or equivalent.

Fall/Winter HB 2200 Huron University College Meyer Tuesday/Thursday 11:30-1:30pm Syllabus

Religious Studies 2114A - Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls

Surveys of the Dead Sea Scrolls in translation, providing introduction to types of literature, archaeological contexts, and history of interpretation of the Scrolls over the past half century. Special attention will be paid to the religious beliefs of the Qumran community within the diverse Judaism of the Second Temple Period. 2 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2114A Lemos Thursday 1:30-4:30 Syllabus

Religious Studies 2169A - Taming the Passions: Sex and Sexuality in Judaism

Examines myths and realities of sexuality in Judaism. Is sexuality repudiated? Can we find homoerotic subtexts in traditional Jewish sacred books? How do ideas transmitted from antiquity play out in our modern world? Examination of biblical laws and narratives, rabbinic teachings, and modern dilemmas regarding sex, marriage and sexuality.

Winter 2169A King's University College Halberstam Tuesday 1:30-4:30 Syllabus

Religious Studies 2204F - Western Religions: Judaism and Islam

This course provides a systematic introduction to the history, faith and tradition of Islam and Judaism. We will concentrate on the following topics: 1.What is the essence of Jewish and Islamic faith? 2. What is Islamic and Jewish theology? 3. What are the main stages of Jewish and Islamic thought and history? 4. Jewish and Islamic political models? 5. Islamic (Sufism) and Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah). 3 hours, 0.5.

Fall 2204F-001 King's University College Hegedus Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-7:00pm Syllabus

Religious Studies 2286F - Introduction to Judaism

This course is an introduction to Judaism through the complex of practices, laws, and rituals that make up its liturgical year. By exploring the festivals and observances that comprise a single Jewish year, we will, on the one hand, be delving into the more experiential dimensions of the tradition, pursuing its conceptions of memory, the body, food, suffering, love. On the other hand, we will also be attentive to the other avenues of analysis since each festival and observance is conditioned by its textual sources and commentaries, its changes throughout history, its contesting voices, and the theologies and philosophies to which it has given rise. Emphasis will be placed on gaining a sense of the diversity of Judaisms, post past and present. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 2286F King's University College C. Halberstam Wednesday 12:30-3:30pm Syllabus

Religious Studies 2346F/G - Ancient Wisdom

What is wisdom, and how do to we attain it? Several books of the Bible are part of an ancient “wisdom tradition” which spanned from ancient Egypt to Babylon to ancient Israel. What advice do these texts have, and what can they tell us about the well-lived life? 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 2346G King's University College C. Halberstam Tuesday 2:30-5:30pm Syllabus

Religious Studies 2420B - Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

This course will introduce students to the texts of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, paying particular attention to the historical and cultural environment of the ancient Israelites. The course will cover major texts from the Torah, historical books, prophetic books, and wisdom literature.

Antirequisite(s): Biblical Studies 5120A/B, Religious Studies 2400F/G, Religious Studies 2410F/G

Winter 2420B-001 T.M. Lemos Tuesday 2:30-3:30
Thursday 3:30-5:30

Eligible 3000 Level Courses

History 3427E - The Holocaust

This course explores the evolution of the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” in the broader context of German and Jewish history and anti-Semitic ideologies. The Holocaust is analyzed from the perspective of the perpetrators, victims and bystanders. The ultimate goal is to enable students to understand how and why the Holocaust happened. 3 seminar hours, 1.0 course

Antirequisite(s): The former History 394E if taken in 2006-07.
Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course in History at the 2200 level or above.

This course counts as a History credit for the International Relations Program

Fall/Winter 3427E-001 UWO K. Priestman Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm Syllabus

History 3808G- Jewish Life In North America Since 1880

This course examines the history of Jews in the United States and Canada, highlighting their changing family, spiritual, social, and work lives, exploring themes of identity, assimilation, activism, and upward mobility, and considering how Jews have helped shape North American life through their struggles and achievements. 2 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course in History at the 2200 level or above.

Winter 3808G M. Halpern Tuesday 12:30-2:30pm Syllabus

Media, Information & Technoculture 3931G - Century of Genocide

This course explores the intersections between media studies and genocide studies, particularly the role of media and communication in the perpetration, prevention and memorialization of genocide and other state-sponsored atrocities. We will examine several case studies, with an emphasis on the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide and the crisis in Darfur. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Prerequisite(s): At least 65% in each of MIT 1200F/G, 1500A/B and 1700F/G

Winter 3931G-001 UWO A. Grzyb Wednesday 3:30-6:30 Syllabus

Religious Studies 3170F - An Eye for an Eye: Crime and Punishment in the Bible

This course explores ancient, religious structures of crime and punishment including vengeance/blood-feud; the death penalty; trial procedure and rules of evidence; divine retribution; and remedies for miscarriages of justice. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Fall 3170F King's University College C. Halberstam Thursday 10:30-1:30pm Syllabus

Religious Studies 3450G - Judaism and the Holocaust

The impact of the Holocaust (1938-45) on Judaism in terms of its philosophy-theology, subsequent placement in Western society, and on Western and Global society. Students will examine the historical-social context of anti-Semitism/National Socialism as well as investigating Jewish responses in theology, philosophy and socio-political identity after the Holocaust. 3 hours, 0.5 course

Winter 3450G Huron College NA Thursday 9:30-12:30pm Syllabus

Eligible 4000 Level Courses

Political Science 4409G - The United States and the Middle East

The course explores the complex relationship between the United States and the Middle East, particularly since the establishment of Israel and the making of new states in the region. It will focus primarily on how the United States views and came to occupy a defining role in the region's politics.

Prerequisite(s): Political Science 2231E or Political Science 2244E or International Relations 2702E, or the former International Relations 2701E.      
Pre-or Corequisite(s):
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
Winter 4409G-001 UWO Mansur Tuesday 2:30-4The U:30pm Syllabus

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