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JACKSON SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
JSIS COMP RELIGION/JEWISH STUDIES

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JSIS C 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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JSIS C 175 Popular Film and the Holocaust (5) VLPA, DIV
Introduces films about the Holocaust with particular emphasis on popular films. Develops the requisite tools for analyzing films, a historical perspective of the Holocaust, and the problems involved in trying to represent a historical event whose tragic dimensions exceed the limits of the imagination. Offered: jointly with GERMAN 195.
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JSIS C 198 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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JSIS C 250 Introduction to Jewish Cultural History (5) I&S
Introductory orientation to the settings in which Jews have marked out for themselves distinctive identities as a people, a culture, and as a religious community. Examines Jewish cultural history as a production of Jewish identity that is always produced in conversation with others in the non-Jewish world. Offered: jointly with HSTCMP 250.
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JSIS C 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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JSIS C 269 The Holocaust: History and Memory (5) I&S, DIV
Explores the Holocaust as crucial event of the twentieth century. Examines the origins of the Holocaust, perpetrators and victims, and efforts to come to terms with this genocide in Europe, Israel, and the United States. Offered: jointly with HSTCMP 269.
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JSIS C 289 Special Topics in Jewish Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Topics vary.
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JSIS C 295 The Contributions of German Jews to German Culture (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV
Contribution, assimilation, and alienation of German-speaking Jews - such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Franz Kafka - emphasizing the multi-cultural nature of that which is understood as "German culture." Offered: jointly with GERMAN 295.
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JSIS C 312 Jewish Literature: Biblical to Modern (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV
A study of Jewish literature from Biblical narrative and rabbinic commentary to modern prose and poetry with intervening texts primarily organized around major themes: martyrdom and suffering, destruction and exile, messianism, Hasidism and Enlightenment, Yiddishism and Zionism. Various critical approaches; geographic and historic contexts. Offered: jointly with ENGL 312.
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JSIS C 317 From Israelites to Jews: the First Six Centuries BCE (3) VLPA/I&S
Traces the Israelites, from the Babylonian destruction of the Jerusalemite Temple (586 BCE) to events following the destruction of the second Temple (first century CE). Focuses on primary historical and literary sources as well as archaeological and artistic evidence. No knowledge of Hebrew or the Bible required. Offered: jointly with NEAR E 307.
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JSIS C 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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JSIS C 330 The Sages: Foundations of Classical Judaism (5) I&S M. AHUVIA
Investigates the origins and foundation of classical Judaism by the Jewish sages (AKA the rabbis) in the context of the Bible's completion, the Romans' destruction of Jerusalem, and the emergence of Christianity. Discusses the rise of the rabbis, their stories and laws, and their Greco-Roman as well as babylonian-persian context. Offered: W.
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JSIS C 336 American Jewish History Since 1885 (5) I&S
Political, social, economic, religious history of American Jewish community from great eastern European migration to present. Integration of immigrant community into general American community; rise of nativism; development of American socialism; World War I and II; and reactions of American Jews to these events. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 336.
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JSIS C 337 The Holocaust and American Life (5) I&S, DIV
In most accounts, "the Holocaust" is told as a European story, but it was also transatlantic. Incorporates film, literature, journalism, social scientific writing, diaries, court cases, and other primary sources to examine how events in Europe affected and were affected by developments in United States history. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 337.
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JSIS C 357 Jewish American Literature and Culture (5) VLPA, DIV Butwin
Examines the literary and cultural production of American Jews from the colonial period to the present time. Considers ways in which American Jews assimilate and resist assimilation while Jewish writers, filmmakers, playwrights, and graphic novelists imitate and alter American life and literature. Offered: jointly with ENGL 357; AWSp.
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JSIS C 367 Medieval Jewish History (5) I&S
Social and intellectual history of the Jews in western Europe to the fifteenth century. Jews under Islam and Christianity; the church and the Jews; the Crusades and their legacy; intellectual achievements; conflict and cooperation. Offered: jointly with HSTAM 367.
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JSIS C 368 Modern European Jewish History (5) I&S, DIV
Surveys European Jewish history from the Spanish expulsion (1492) to World War I (1914). Considers diversity of European Jewryies and the factors that cohered them. Examines how European Jewries ordered their lives, shaped gender and class norms, and interacted with the societies in which they lived. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 368.
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JSIS C 369 The Jewish Twentieth Century in Film (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV Stein
Surveys twentieth-century Jewish history in its European, American, and Middle Eastern contexts by examining films produced in these settings. Considers central events that shaped modern Jewish culture: the changing geography of Europe and the Middle East, mass migrations, the Holocaust, shifting meanings of race, culture, and religion. Offered: jointly with HSTCMP 369.
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JSIS C 377 The American Jewish Community (5) I&S, DIV
Examines how American Jews adapt to a changing world. Explores impact of diverse immigration, acculturation, social mobility, social justice movements, and changing relations between Jews and non-Jews. Encompasses concerns that all communities have adapting to change, when they are also agents of change. Offered: jointly with SOC 377.
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JSIS C 378 Contemporary Jewish American Identities (5) I&S, DIV
Introduction to the debates about post-Holocaust Jewish identities in multicultural America. Explores whether a distinctive Jewish community is headed toward assimilation, experiencing revival, or merely transforming the multiple ways Jewish experience is lived. Topics include new Jewish immigrants, the new Orthodox, Black Jews, Jewish feminism, children of Holocaust survivors. Offered: jointly with SOC 378.
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JSIS C 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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JSIS C 398 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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JSIS C 418 Jewish Philosophy (5) I&S M. ROSENTHAL
Introduces the central concepts and themes of Jewish philosophy. Focuses either on debates within a particular historical period - e.g., medieval or modern; or on a topic - e.g., reactions to the Enlightenment or to the Holocaust. Prerequisite: at least one previous course in philosophy. Offered: jointly with PHIL 418.
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JSIS C 438 Jewish Women in Contemporary America (5) I&S, DIV Friedman
Examines how Jewish women's identities are socially constructed and transformed in contemporary America, using social histories, memoirs, and ethnographies to analyze scholars' approaches to Jewish women's lives. Topics include the role of social class, religion, migration, the Holocaust, and race relations in Jewish women's lives. Offered: jointly with GWSS 438.
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JSIS C 460 Sephardic Culture before 1492 (5) I&S/VLPA A. RAFTERY
Explores Sephardic art. Music, food, film, literature, citizenship and nationhood, identity, and the origins of ladino, among other topics. Taught in English. Prerequisite: SPAN 303 or SPAN 316; SPAN 322. Offered: jointly with SPAN 460; W.
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JSIS C 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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JSIS C 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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JSIS C 465 The Jews of Eastern Europe (5) I&S
Jewish society in Poland, Russia, the Hapsburg Lands, and Romania from the late Middle Ages to the Holocaust. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 465.
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JSIS C 466 The Sephardic Diaspora: 1492-Present (5) I&S, DIV
Examines the history and culture of Sephardic Jewry from the expulsion from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 to the present. Explores the creation of Sephardic communities in the Dutch and Ottoman Empires, Western Europe, the Americas, and Africa, and the history of the conversos and "hidden Jews." Offered: jointly with HSTCMP 469.
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JSIS C 468 The Jews in Spanish History (5) I&S
Sephardic Jews in Spanish politics, economy, and culture, emphasizing the medieval Golden Age and the Inquisition. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 464.
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JSIS C 489 Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Content varies.
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JSIS C 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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JSIS C 530 The Sages: Foundations of Classical Judaism (5) M. AHUVIA
Investigates the origins and foundation of classical Judaism by the Jewish sages (AKA the rabbis) in the context of the Bible's completion, the Romans' destruction of Jerusalem, and the emergence of Christianity. Discusses the rise of the rabbis, their stories and laws, and their Greco-Roman as well as babylonian-persian context. Offered: W.
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