Jewish Studies Courses 2016-17
ELIGIBLE JEWISH STUDIES COURSES 2016-17
* Note that some of the syllabi listed below are out of date!
Please refer to the time table above for the most accurate times/dates of courses in 2016-17 *
Eligible 1000 Level Courses
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|
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
|Fall||HB 1040A||Huron College||Meyer||
Eligible 2000 Level Courses
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
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|
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
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|
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|
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|
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|
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
Eligible 3000 Level Courses
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|
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|
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|
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|
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
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.
|Winter||4409G-001||UWO||Mansur||Tuesday 2:30-4The U:30pm||Syllabus|