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JACKSON SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
JEWISH STUDIES

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JEW ST 130 Justice, Service, and Activism in the Jewish Tradition (5) I&S, DIV Pianko
Focuses on thinking critically about justice and social activism by integrating classroom and community learning. Uses the rich textual tradition of Judaism and the experiences of American Jewish social activists as a prism for considering the possibilities and challenges of pursing social justice around the globe.
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JEW ST 199 Study Abroad: Jewish Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
For articipants in study abroad program. Specific course content varies. Courses do not automatically apply to major/minor requirements.
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JEW ST 210 Funny Jews: Jewish Humor and American Identity (5) VLPA
Jewish humor plays an important role in American popular culture. Investigates the modern history of Jewish humor through the writers, comedians, and actors who have shaped American comedy. Discusses the purpose of humor and the role that Jewish humor plays in shaping American and American Jewish identity.
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JEW ST 258 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature (5) I&S/VLPA
Investigates the origins of Judaism through the works of the rabbis. The Judaism that prevails today arose after the Romans' destruction of the temple in Palestine in 70 CE. Discusses the rabbinic movement, its writings, and its Greco-Roman as well as Babylonian-Persian context. Offered: W.
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JEW ST 289 Special Topics in Jewish Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Topics vary.
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JEW ST 325 Contemporary Judaism in a Global Context (5) I&S Pianko
Explores the dynamic interactions between contemporary social, political, and intellectual forces and today's changing religious landscape. Critical analysis of the ways n which religious ideologies and communities transform themselves in relationship to geographical contexts and historical processes. Examines Jews and Judaism as a lens for considering changes to religious life.
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JEW ST 358 Jewish Thought (5) I&S N. PIANKO
Explores the historical context of major shifts in modern Jewish thought. Topics include the impact of the Enlightenment, Emancipation, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel on conceptions of Jewish theology, identity, and religious practice. Offered: jointly with HSTCMP 368; Sp.
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JEW ST 379 Doing Jewish Identity Studies (5) I&S Friedman
Involves the student in researching the diverse Jewish identities of young people today. Includes background reading on Jewish identities in the United States; interviewing young Jewish adults; transcribing and interpreting interviews; and crafting a qualitative research paper. Covers research skills, as well as sensitivity to Jewish community values and concerns.
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JEW ST 399 Study Abroad - Jewish Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
For participants in study abroad program. Specific course content varies. Courses do not automatically apply to major/minor requirements.
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JEW ST 462 Anti-Semitism As a Cultural System (5) I&S, DIV
Comparative study of various anti-Semitic cultural systems from ancient to modern times. Topics include how anti-Semitism can be defined as a cultural phenomenon; the conditions that explain the circulation of anti-Semitic traditions in a given society; the conditions under which social conflict with Jews becomes anti-Semitism.
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JEW ST 463 Enlightenment, Emancipation, Antisemitism: History of the Jews, 1770-1914 (5) I&S, DIV
The Jewish experience in the modern world from the European Enlightenment to the First World War. Focus on the debates surrounding Jewish emancipation, the reception of Jews within European society, modern antisemitism, nationalist movements, mass migration, and war.
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JEW ST 490 Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Content varies.
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JEW ST 491 Seminar: Topics and Issues in Judaism (5) I&S
Topics vary.
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JEW ST 495 Seminar in Jewish Studies (5) I&S
History of Jewish Studies as an organized field of academic inquiry. Explores the implications for Jewish Studies of its present setting within the context of the humanities and the social sciences.
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JEW ST 558 Jewish Thought (5) N. PIANKO
Explores the historical context of major shifts in modern Jewish thought. Topics include the impact of the Enlightenment, Emancipation, the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel on conceptions of Jewish theology, identity, and religious practice. Offered: jointly with HSTCMP 568; Sp.
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