Courses

Please consult the online course catalog for cross-listed courses and full course information.

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.

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
AS.130.140 (01)

The Bible is arguably the most read and yet most misinterpreted book of all time, one of the most influential and yet most misapplied work of literature. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is Scripture to Jews and Christians yet also a rich collection of literature w/ numerous literary genres that has been highly influential on secular Western culture. At its core, it is our most important literary source that (when wed with archaeology) helps us to understand the people and culture of Iron Age Israel and Judah. This is an introductory course surveying of the books of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) giving primary attention to the religious ideas they contain and the ancient contexts in which they were composed. Topics include: The Academic Study of Religion, Ancient Creation Accounts, Ancestral Religion, The Exodus and Moses, Covenant, Tribalism and Monarchy, The Ideology of Kingship, Prophecy, Priestly Sources, Psalms, Wisdom Literature, and Apocalyptic Thought.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Jewish and Christian mysticism in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period
AS.100.268 (01)

This course will trace the historical development of Jewish and Christian mysticism between the 12th and the 17th centuries.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/18
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, HIST-MIDEST, 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
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

In the Land of Others: Minorities in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean
AS.100.339 (01)

This course examines the socio-political, religious and cultural history of ethno-religious minorities in the pre-modern Mediterranean.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 18/18
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE

History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917
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
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/20
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST

The Domestic Politics of Israel
AS.191.315 (01)

Israel’s politics and history are complex, involving multiple military conflicts, domestic struggles and dynamic international relationships. This course will focus on Israel’s domestic politics by tracing the story of the development of its party system and the parties the compose it. A parliamentary democracy with a proportional representation electoral system, Israel’s party system includes multiple parties who represent the various segments of Israeli society. What are the origins of this party system and the parties that compose it? What changes have they experienced and what are the factors that influence those changes? Who are the important actors and what might be motivating them? These questions and others will serve as our guide on a journey to a better understanding of Israel’s domestic politics.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/18
  • PosTag(s): POLI-CP, INST-CP

Seminar In Anti-Semitism
AS.190.344 (01)

Jews exercise a good deal of power in contemporary America.. They are prominent in a number of key industries, play important roles in the political process, and hold many major national offices. For example, though Jews constitute barely two percent of America’s citizens, about one-third of the nation’s wealthiest 400 individuals are Jewish and more than ten percent of the seats in the U.S. Congress are held by Jews. One recent book declared that, “From the Vatican to the Kremlin, from the White House to Capitol Hill, the world’s movers and shakers view American Jewry as a force to be reckoned with.” Of course, Jews have risen to power in many times and places ranging from the medieval Muslim world and early modern Spain through Germany and the Soviet Union in the 20th century. In nearly every prior instance, though, Jewish power proved to be evanescent. No sooner had the Jews become “a force to be reckoned with” than they found themselves banished to the political ma rgins, forced into exile or worse. Though it may rise to a great height, the power of the Jews seems ultimately to rest on a rather insecure foundation. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies. Course is open to juniors and seniors.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-AP

Spinoza’s Theological Political Treatise
AS.150.428 (01)

The class is a study of Spinoza’s theological and political thought as developed in his Theological-Political Treatise and the Political Treatise. Among the topics to be discussed are: Spinoza’s Bible criticism, the nature of religion, truth and obedience, God’s right and power, Spinoza’s theory of the State, the case study of the ancient Hebrew State, and the freedom to philosophize. Apart from a close reading of Spinoza’s two works we will also discuss Leo Strauss’ reading of Spinoza, and current work on Political Theology and their indebtness to Spinoza.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-PT

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
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/35
  • PosTag(s): INST-IR, INST-CP, ISLM-ISLMST

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
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10
  • 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. Both semesters must be taken with a passing grade to receive credit. Students wishing to retain credits for Elementary Yiddish I must complete Elementary Yiddish II with a passing grade.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

War in Israeli Arts and Culture
AS.216.373 (01)

In this course we will study the various representations of what functions as one of Israel’s most unifying and yet dividing forces: war. By analyzing literary and cinematic works as well as visual art and popular culture we will attempt to understand the role of war in shaping Israeli society, culture and politics. Topics such as commemoration and mourning, heroism, dissent and protest, trauma and memory and the changing image of the soldier will stand at the center of the course.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/18
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST

Second Year Hebrew
AS.384.215 (01)

Designed to enrich vocabulary and provide intensive grammatical review, and enhance fluency in reading, writing and comprehension. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies. Final day/time will be determined during the first week of classes based on students’ schedules.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Religious Themes in Film and Literature
AS.211.480 (01)

This course would be of interest to anyone who would like to learn about the intersection of religion and modern culture. At the center of the course will stand a close study of the representation of religious themes and their role in modern literature and cinema. The works which we will deal with are not considered religious and yet they include religious themes as part of their narrative, images, language or symbolic meaning. We will trace in various works from various countries and genre, themes such as: divine justice, providence, creation, revelation, the apocalypse, prophecy, sacrifice and religious devotion. We will also study the ways in which Biblical and New Testament stories and figures are represented in these works. The course will have a comparative nature with the aim of learning more about the differences between the literary and cinematic representations.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/16
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Intermediate Yiddish I
AS.210.263 (01)

This course will focus on the Yiddish language as a key to understanding the culture of Yiddish-speaking Jews. Topics in Yiddish literature, cultural history and contemporary culture will be explored through written and aural texts, and these primary sources will be used as a springboard for work on all the language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Prerequisite: AS.210.164 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: A Thousand Years of Jewish Culture
AS.211.202 (01)

This course will introduce students to the history and culture of Ashkanzi Jews through their vernacular, Yiddish, from the settlement of Jews in German-speaking lands in medieval times to the present day. Particular emphasis will be placed on the responses of Yiddish-speaking Jews to the challenges posed by modernity to a traditional society. 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 prepare a meal of traditional Ashkenazi dishes. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is necessary for this course.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/12
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, INST-GLOBAL

Berlin Between the Wars: Literature, Art, Music, Film
AS.211.328 (01)

Explore the diverse culture of Berlin during the heyday of modernism. During the Weimar Republic, Berlin became a center for theater, visual arts, film, music, and literature that would have an outsize impact on culture throughout the world and the twentieth century. The thinkers, artists, and writers drawn to interwar Berlin produced a body of work that encapsulates many of the issues of the period: the effect of the modern city on society; “the New Woman”; socialist revolutionary politics; the rise of the Nazis; and economic turmoil. While learning about interwar Berlin's cultural diversity, we will take a special look at works by Jewish writers and artists that engage with the question of ethnic, religious, and national identity in the modern world, specifically in the context of Berlin’s rich Jewish history and the rise of anti-Semitism in the interwar period. All readings will be in translation.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-GERM, INST-GLOBAL

Third Year Hebrew
AS.384.315 (01)

Designed to maximize comprehension and the spoken language through literary and newspaper excerpts providing the student with the language of an educated Israeli. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies. Final day/time will be determined during the first week of classes based on students’ schedules.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

First Year Hebrew
AS.384.115 (01)

Designed to provide reading and writing mastery, to provide a foundation in Hebrew grammar and to provide basic conversational skills. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies. Final day/time will be determined during the first week of classes based on students’ schedules.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level:
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

War in Israeli Arts and Culture
AS.216.373 (02)

In this course we will study the various representations of what functions as one of Israel’s most unifying and yet dividing forces: war. By analyzing literary and cinematic works as well as visual art and popular culture we will attempt to understand the role of war in shaping Israeli society, culture and politics. Topics such as commemoration and mourning, heroism, dissent and protest, trauma and memory and the changing image of the soldier will stand at the center of the course.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/3
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.130.140 (01)Hebrew Bible / Old TestamentMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMLewis, TheodoreMaryland 104
AS.100.268 (01)Jewish and Christian mysticism in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern PeriodWF 3:00PM - 4:15PMMaciejko, Pawel TadeuszGilman 400HIST-EUROPE, HIST-MIDEST, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST
AS.130.301 (01)History of Ancient Syria-PalestineF 2:00PM - 4:30PMLauinger, JacobGilman 130G
AS.130.440 (01)Elementary Biblical HebrewTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMEstrada, Justin EugeneMSE Library D1
AS.100.339 (01)In the Land of Others: Minorities in the Pre-Modern MediterraneanTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMGlazer-Eytan, YonatanGilman 400HIST-EUROPE
AS.130.216 (01)History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMKatz, DavidSmokler Center 213INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST
AS.191.315 (01)The Domestic Politics of IsraelTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMDolinsky, Alona OlgaGilman 413POLI-CP, INST-CP
AS.190.344 (01)Seminar In Anti-SemitismM 1:30PM - 3:50PMGinsberg, BenjaminBloomberg 278INST-AP
AS.150.428 (01)Spinoza’s Theological Political TreatiseTh 10:30AM - 1:00PMMelamed, Yitzhak YohananGilman 288INST-PT
AS.191.335 (01)Arab-Israeli Conflict (IR)T 4:00PM - 6:30PMFreedman, RobertShaffer 2INST-IR, INST-CP, ISLM-ISLMST
AS.130.442 (01)Readings - Hebrew ProseTh 12:00PM - 2:30PMEstrada, Justin EugeneGilman 130G
AS.210.163 (01)Elementary Yiddish IT 3:00PM - 4:35PM, Th 9:00AM - 10:15AMLang, BeatriceGilman 443
AS.216.373 (01)War in Israeli Arts and CultureTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMStahl, NetaGilman 479GRLL-ENGL, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST
AS.384.215 (01)Second Year HebrewMW 9:30AM - 10:45AM, F 1:00PM - 1:50PMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
AS.211.480 (01)Religious Themes in Film and LiteratureTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMStahl, NetaHodson 216GRLL-ENGL
AS.210.263 (01)Intermediate Yiddish ITTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLang, BeatriceGilman 443
AS.211.202 (01)Freshman Seminar: A Thousand Years of Jewish CultureTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMLang, BeatriceGilman 443GRLL-ENGL, INST-GLOBAL
AS.211.328 (01)Berlin Between the Wars: Literature, Art, Music, FilmW 1:30PM - 4:00PMSpinner, Samuel JacobBloomberg 172GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-GERM, INST-GLOBAL
AS.384.315 (01)Third Year HebrewTW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, Th 12:00PM - 12:50PMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
AS.384.115 (01)First Year HebrewTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
AS.216.373 (02)War in Israeli Arts and CultureTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMCohen, Zvi, Stahl, NetaGilman 479GRLL-ENGL, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

From Hebrews to Jews: The Development of Jewish Identity in the Ancient World
AS.130.133 (01)

What happened to the ten lost tribes of Israel? Was Abraham Jewish? How far back can Jewish ethnicity be traced using genetic research? These questions and more will be topics of discussion as we explore the development of Jewish identity, beginning with the first evidence of a people called “Israel” in the 13th century BCE and ending with the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. The class will start with a discussion of different types of identity, including ethnic, religious, and cultural identities, as well as how identity can vary between members of the same community. We will also consider how ancient peoples can be studied using textual and archaeological sources. Then we will take a loosely diachronic approach to the development of Jewish identity, from the elusive origins of the Israelites to their existence as a monarchic state under rulers such as King David; from their forced displacement under the Assyrian empire to the Diaspora caused by the Romans. Using primary and secondary source materials, we will assess the key developments in group identity that took place at these times and the factors which influenced them.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/18
  • PosTag(s): NEAS-HISCUL

History: Ancient Syria-Palestine II
AS.130.302 (01)

A survey of the history of Ancient Syria and Cannan, including ancient Israel. Taught with AS.134.661. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction to Modern Jewish History
AS.100.129 (01)

Jewish history 1750-present in Europe, the Near East, the US, Israel; the challenges of modernity and new forms of Jewish life and conflict from Enlightenment and emancipation, Hasidism, Reform and Orthodox Judaism to capitalism and socialism; empire, nationalism and Zionism; the Holocaust. Extensive attention to US Jewry and State of Israel.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/20
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, HIST-US, HIST-MIDEST

Introduction to Modern Jewish History
AS.100.129 (02)

Jewish history 1750-present in Europe, the Near East, the US, Israel; the challenges of modernity and new forms of Jewish life and conflict from Enlightenment and emancipation, Hasidism, Reform and Orthodox Judaism to capitalism and socialism; empire, nationalism and Zionism; the Holocaust. Extensive attention to US Jewry and State of Israel.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/20
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, HIST-US, HIST-MIDEST

Themes and Concepts in Jewish History
AS.100.180 (01)

The course will introduce the student to the main themes and debates in Jewish historiography.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/18
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, HIST-MIDEST

History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917
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
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/20
  • PosTag(s): NEAS-HISCUL, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST

Introduction to the History of Rabbinic Literature
AS.130.346 (01)

Broadly surveying classic rabbinic literature, including the Talmud and its commentaries, the legal codes and the response, this seminar explores the immanent as well as the external factors that shaped the development of this literature, the seminal role of this literature in Jewish self-definition and self-perception, and the role of this literature in pre-modern and modern Jewish culture.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 18/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Prophets and Prophecy in the Bible
AS.130.373 (01)

From thundering voices of social justice to apocalyptic visionaries, biblical prophets have been revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims for thousands of years. They have inspired civic leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. yet also provided fodder for modern charlatans promising a utopian future. Yet who were these individuals (orators? politicians? diviners? poets?) and what was the full range of their message as set against the Realpolitik world of ancient Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Jordan?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Elementary Biblical Hebrew
AS.130.441 (01)

Survey of grammar and reading of simple texts. (Credit given only on completion of AS.130.440 and AS.130.441). May not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Reading Of Hebrew Prose
AS.130.443 (01)

Reading of Biblical Hebrew prose, especially from the Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the Medieval World
AS.194.201 (01)

The three most widespread monotheisms have much more in common than is generally portrayed: a common founding figure, a partly shared succession of prophets, closely comparable ethical concerns and religious practices, a history of coexistence and of cultural, religious, social and economic interaction. This course will focus on a number of key texts and historical events that have shaped the relationships between Jews, Muslims, and Christians during the Middle Ages and contributed to their reciprocal construction of the image of the “other.” The geographical center of the course will be the Mediterranean and the Near and Middle East, a true cradle of civilizations, religions, and exchange.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 21/30
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST

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
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): INST-CP

The Holocaust in Israeli Society and Culture
AS.216.342 (02)

This course examines the role of the Holocaust in Israeli society and culture. We will study the emergence of the discourse of the Holocaust in Israel and its development throughout the years. Through focusing on literary, artistic and cinematic responses to the Holocaust, we will analyze the impact of its memory on the nation, its politics and its self-perception.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): INST-CP

Monsters, Ghosts, and Golems
AS.211.347 (01)

Modern Jewish literature and film is full of monsters, ghosts, golems, dybbuks, and other occult creatures. We will study the rich religious and folkloric traditions that these works draw on in order to better understand why Yiddish, German, Hebrew, and English literature from the 19th century to the present and why film from its beginnings are so full of the occult and the supernatural. We will pay special attention to the ways that monsters, spirits, and the like were deployed in modernist literature and film, in order to ask and answer major questions about modernity: what are the social and aesthetic consequences of technology and automation? what aspects of human nature are revealed by new insights into the psyche? All readings in English.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Intermediate Yiddish II
AS.210.264 (01)

Continuation of Intermediate Yiddish I: this course will focus on the Yiddish language as a key to understanding the culture of Yiddish-speaking Jews. Topics in Yiddish literature, cultural history and contemporary culture will be explored through written and aural texts, and these primary sources will be used as a springboard for work on all the language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Second Year Hebrew II
AS.384.216 (01)

Designed to enrich vocabulary and provide intensive grammatical review, and enhance fluency in reading, writing and comprehension. Recommended Course Background: AS.384.215 or permission required.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Themes in Medieval Islamic Thought
AS.194.401 (01)

This seminar examines medieval Muslim thinkers who addressed themes at the intersection of theology, philosophy, science, and ethics: the definition of the nature of God’s attributes, His uniqueness, transcendence and omnipotence; human freewill and the limits of human knowledge; the nature of the world; and the relationship among reason, religion, and science. The course will look at how these and other crucial themes were addressed by major medieval philosophers and philosophical schools not only in Islam, but also in Judaism and Christianity, and highlight similarities and differences among the three major monotheistic faiths.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST

Elementary Yiddish II
AS.210.164 (01)

Year-long course that 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. Both semesters must be taken with a passing grade to receive credit. Recommended Course Background: AS.210.163 or instructor permission.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Holocaust in Israeli Society and Culture
AS.216.342 (01)

This course examines the role of the Holocaust in Israeli society and culture. We will study the emergence of the discourse of the Holocaust in Israel and its development throughout the years. Through focusing on literary, artistic and cinematic responses to the Holocaust, we will analyze the impact of its memory on the nation, its politics and its self-perception.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-CP

First Year Hebrew II
AS.384.116 (01)

Designed to provide reading and writing mastery, to provide a foundation in Hebrew grammar and to provide basic conversational skills. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Third Year Hebrew II
AS.384.316 (01)

Designed to: maximize comprehension and the spoken language through literary and newspaper excerpts providing the student with the language of an educated Israeli. Recommended Course Background: AS.384.315 or permission required. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Museums and Identity
AS.211.329 (01)

The museum boom of the last half-century has centered largely around museums dedicated to the culture and history of identity groups, including national, ethnic, religious, and minority groups. In this course we will examine such museums and consider their long history through a comparison of the theory and practice of Jewish museums with other identity museums. We will study the various museological traditions that engage identity, including the collection of art and antiquities, ethnographic exhibitions, history museums, heritage museums, art museums, and other museums of culture. Some of the questions we will ask include: what are museums for and who are they for? how do museums shape identity? and how do the various types of museums relate to one another? Our primary work will be to examine a variety of contemporary examples around the world with visits to local museums including the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/12
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, INST-GLOBAL

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
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AS.100.129 (02)Introduction to Modern Jewish HistoryMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMMoss, KennethGilman 55HIST-EUROPE, HIST-US, HIST-MIDEST
AS.100.180 (01)Themes and Concepts in Jewish HistoryWF 3:00PM - 4:00PMMaciejko, Pawel TadeuszGilman 55HIST-EUROPE, HIST-MIDEST
AS.130.216 (01)History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917MW 12:00PM - 1:15PMKatz, DavidSmokler Center LibraryNEAS-HISCUL, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST
AS.130.346 (01)Introduction to the History of Rabbinic LiteratureMW 10:30AM - 11:45AMKatz, DavidSmokler Center Library
AS.130.373 (01)Prophets and Prophecy in the BibleMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMLewis, TheodoreHodson 216
AS.130.441 (01)Elementary Biblical HebrewTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMEstrada, Justin EugeneMSE Library D1
AS.130.443 (01)Reading Of Hebrew ProseTh 12:00PM - 2:30PMEstrada, Justin EugeneMSE Library D1
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AS.190.434 (01)Does Israel Have a Future?W 3:00PM - 5:30PMDavid, Steven RShriver Hall 5INST-CP
AS.216.342 (02)The Holocaust in Israeli Society and CultureTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMCohen, Zvi, Stahl, NetaMaryland 104INST-CP
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AS.210.264 (01)Intermediate Yiddish IITTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLang, BeatriceGilman 443
AS.384.216 (01)Second Year Hebrew IIMW 9:00AM - 9:50AM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
AS.194.401 (01)Themes in Medieval Islamic ThoughtT 1:30PM - 3:50PMFerrario, GabrieleKrieger LavertyISLM-ISLMST
AS.210.164 (01)Elementary Yiddish IITTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMLang, BeatriceGilman 443
AS.216.342 (01)The Holocaust in Israeli Society and CultureTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMStahl, NetaMaryland 104INST-CP
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AS.384.316 (01)Third Year Hebrew IITh 12:00PM - 12:50PM, MW 12:00PM - 1:15PMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
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