Courses

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The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found at https://sis.jhu.edu/classes.

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FYS: Story, Song, Food, And Film: A Thousand Years Of Jewish Culture
AS.001.112 (01)

Most Jews in America today are descendants of Ashkenazi Jews from Central and Eastern Europe. This course will introduce students to the thousand-year history and culture of Ashkenazi Jews through their vernacular, Yiddish. How did Ashkenazi Jews maintain a distinct identity, even while borrowing cultural forms from their non-Jewish neighbors? How did Jews in the modern period challenge tradition and create new forms of Jewish identity? How did Eastern European immigrants adapt to life in America? In addition to studying a wide range of texts—including fiction, poetry, memoir, song, and film—students will learn how to read the Yiddish alphabet, and will explore food culture by preparing Ashkenazi Jewish dishes. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is necessary for this course.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Lang, Beatrice
  • Room: Hodson 301  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Hasidism
AS.130.136 (01)

Although it appears to be a relic of pre-modern Judaism, Hasidism is a phenomenon of the modern era of Jewish history. This course surveys the political and social history of the Hasidic movement over the course of the last three centuries. Students will also explore basic features of Hasidic culture and thought in their historical development. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Katz, David
  • Room: Greenhouse 113  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: Jerusalem: The Holy City
AS.130.138 (01)

This course will survey the cultural history of Jerusalem over three millennia, primarily as the symbolic focus of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course content will focus on the transformation of sacred space as reflected by literary and archaeological evidence by examining the artifacts, architectural monuments, and iconography in relation to written sources. The creation of mythic Jerusalem through event and experience will be examined. Course requirements will focus on the development of advanced writing skills and critical thinking.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Mandell, Alice H
  • Room: Gilman 130G  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): NEAS-HISCUL

History of the Jews in Pre-Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1789
AS.130.216 (01)

A broad survey of the significant political and cultural dynamics of Jewish history in the Medieval, Early-Modern, and Modern Eras.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Katz, David
  • Room: Smokler Center Library  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/19
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST

History of Ancient Syria-Palestine
AS.130.301 (01)

A survey of the history of Ancient Syria and Canaan, including Ancient Israel.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Lauinger, Jacob
  • Room: Gilman 130G  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Ancient Magic and Ritual
AS.130.376 (01)

This course will introduce students to the vast body of rituals that were practiced and performed in antiquity, with a particular emphasis on rituals from ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Hebrew Bible. In addition to examining rituals from a comparative perspective, anthropological and sociological studies of ritual will be read and discussed to shed light on the social, cultural, and political significance of ritual in the ancient world and beyond.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Delnero, Paul
  • Room: Ames 234  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-RELATE, MSCH-HUM

Elementary Biblical Hebrew
AS.130.440 (01)

Introduction to the grammar, vocabulary, and writing system of biblical Hebrew.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Cooper, Stephanie Lynn
  • Room: MSE Library D1  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Readings - Hebrew Prose
AS.130.442 (01)

Reading of biblical Hebrew prose, especially from the Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Cooper, Stephanie Lynn
  • Room: MSE Library D1  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Kings and Chronicles
AS.134.410 (01)

This course surveys scholarship on the histories of Israel and Judah as presented in Kings and Chronicles. The course also addresses changes in the Hebrew language in the first millennium BCE.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Mandell, Alice H
  • Room: MSE Library D1  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/3
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Does Israel Have a Future?
AS.190.434 (01)

Israel is one of the only countries whose existence is openly challenged. This class will examine the future of Israel focusing on international and domestic threats to its continued existence as a Jewish democracy. Outside threats to be considered include nuclear attack and the growing international movement to delegitimize Israel. domestic challenges include demographic changes, the role of religion in governance, and doubts as to whether one can be a Jewish state and still be a democracy. Lessons from the destruction of the ancient Israelite kingdoms and from contemporary state deaths will be included. The course will conclude by considering efforts that Israel can undertake to meet the threats it faces.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: David, Steven R
  • Room: Gilman 10  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): INST-CP

Arab-Israeli Conflict (IR)
AS.191.335 (01)

The course will focus on the origin and development of the Arab-Israeli conflict from its beginnings when Palestine was controlled by the Ottoman Empire, through World War I, The British Mandate over Palestine, and the first Arab-Israeli war (1947-1949). It will then examine the period of the Arab-Israeli wars of 1956, 1967, 1973, and 1982, the Palestinian Intifadas (1987-1993 and 2000-2005); and the development of the Arab-Israeli peace process from its beginnings with the Egyptian-Israeli treaty of 1979, the Oslo I and Oslo II agreements of 1993 and 1995, Israel's peace treaty with Jordan of 1994, the Road Map of 2003; and the periodic peace talks between Israel and Syria. The conflict will be analyzed against the background of great power intervention in the Middle East, the rise of political Islam and the dynamics of Intra-Arab politics, and will consider the impact of the Arab Spring.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Freedman, Robert (Robert)
  • Room: Gilman 17  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/20
  • PosTag(s): INST-IR, INST-CP

Elementary Modern Hebrew
AS.210.105 (01)

Elementary Modern Hebrew is the first exposure to the language as currently used in Israel in all its functional contexts. All components of the language are discussed: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Simple idiomatic sentences and short texts in Hebrew are used. Students learn the Hebrew alphabet, words and short sentences. Cultural aspects of Israel will be intertwined throughout the course curriculum. The course will be taught in hybrid mode.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Bessire, Mirit (Mirit)
  • Room: Gilman 186 Krieger Laverty
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Elementary Yiddish I
AS.210.163 (01)

Year-long course. Includes the four language skills, reading,writing, listening, and speaking, and introduces students to Yiddish culture through text, song, and film. Emphasis is placed both on the acquisition of Yiddish as a tool for the study of Yiddish literature and Ashkenazic history and culture, and on the active use of the language in oral and written communication. This class will be using In Eynem, the brand new Yiddish language program from the Yiddish Book Center. Cannot be taken Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Lang, Beatrice
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
AS.210.205 (01)

Intermediate Modern Hebrew enhances and enforces previous knowledge of Hebrew as acquired from previous foundational coursework and/or experience. Grammatical aspects of the language such as past and future tenses as well as combined and complex sentence syntax and construction. Reading comprehension and writing skills will be emphasized. Modern Israeli cultural links and facets of the Hebrew language will also be introduced to inform the holistic understanding of the modern language. The course will be taught in hybrid mode.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 10:00AM - 10:50AM, MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Bessire, Mirit (Mirit)
  • Room:   Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 16/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced Modern Hebrew I
AS.210.305 (01)

Advanced Modern Hebrew I will focus on conversational and interactive language skills to expose learners to attributes of different genres and layers of the language. Students will be introduced to various original texts and lingual patterns to better understand and formulate proper syntax. The course will include contemporary readings from Israeli journalism and essays, along with other relevant Hebrew resources to inform class discussions and students’ reflective writings. Israeli cultural aspects will be integral to the course curriculum. The course will be taught in hybrid mode.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Bessire, Mirit (Mirit)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 19/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced Yiddish I
AS.210.367 (01)

This course will provide students who have completed at least two years of Yiddish with the opportunity to hone their skills in all four language areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In addition to advanced grammar study and readings in Yiddish literature, the course will take into account the interests of each individual student, allowing time for students to read Yiddish texts pertinent to their own research and writing.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Lang, Beatrice
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Representations of the Other(s) in Israeli Culture
AS.216.305 (01)

This course will use the concept of the Other to study the ways in which various marginal groups in Israel are represented in contemporary Israeli films, TV drama, prose-fiction, poetry and visual art. As a nation-state which was founded on the premise of a utopian vision of a just and fair society and as a promise for a safe haven for Jews escaping their status as Others, contemporary Israeli culture offers a unique case study. The course will run as a research seminar in which students will be encouraged to actively engage in analyzing the ways in which cultural productions depict the Other/s and Otherness as well as the social, political and psychological motivations and implications of these depictions. We will ask questions such as: who is considered as Other and by whom? What roles do the cultural representations play in shaping national collective identity, stereotypes and the perception of the self as Other? And how collective memory shapes Otherness?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Stahl, Neta (Neta)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 17/20
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.001.112 (01)FYS: Story, Song, Food, And Film: A Thousand Years Of Jewish CultureTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMLang, BeatriceHodson 301
 
AS.130.136 (01)History of HasidismTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMKatz, DavidGreenhouse 113
 
AS.130.138 (01)Freshman Seminar: Jerusalem: The Holy CityTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMMandell, Alice HGilman 130G
 
NEAS-HISCUL
AS.130.216 (01)History of the Jews in Pre-Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1789TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMKatz, DavidSmokler Center Library
 
INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST
AS.130.301 (01)History of Ancient Syria-PalestineT 1:30PM - 4:00PMLauinger, JacobGilman 130G
 
AS.130.376 (01)Ancient Magic and RitualTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMDelnero, PaulAmes 234
 
ARCH-RELATE, MSCH-HUM
AS.130.440 (01)Elementary Biblical HebrewTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMCooper, Stephanie LynnMSE Library D1
 
AS.130.442 (01)Readings - Hebrew ProseW 1:30PM - 4:00PMCooper, Stephanie LynnMSE Library D1
 
AS.134.410 (01)Kings and ChroniclesF 1:30PM - 4:00PMMandell, Alice HMSE Library D1
 
AS.190.434 (01)Does Israel Have a Future?T 1:30PM - 4:00PMDavid, Steven RGilman 10
 
INST-CP
AS.191.335 (01)Arab-Israeli Conflict (IR)T 4:00PM - 6:30PMFreedman, Robert (Robert)Gilman 17
 
INST-IR, INST-CP
AS.210.105 (01)Elementary Modern HebrewMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMBessire, Mirit (Mirit)Gilman 186
Krieger Laverty
AS.210.163 (01)Elementary Yiddish ITTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMLang, Beatrice 
 
AS.210.205 (01)Intermediate Modern Hebrew IF 10:00AM - 10:50AM, MW 10:00AM - 10:50AMBessire, Mirit (Mirit) 
Gilman 208
AS.210.305 (01)Advanced Modern Hebrew IMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AMBessire, Mirit (Mirit) 
 
AS.210.367 (01)Advanced Yiddish ITTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLang, Beatrice 
 
AS.216.305 (01)Representations of the Other(s) in Israeli CultureTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMStahl, Neta (Neta) 
 
INST-GLOBAL