Courses

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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: M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Freedman, Robert
  • Room: Gilman 55
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/35
  • PosTag(s): INST-IR, INST-CP, ISLM-ISLMST

Descartes and Spinoza
AS.150.485 (01)

Descartes and Spinoza are two of the leading philosophers of the modern period. In the class we will study the works of both figures. Special attention will be assigned to Spinoza’s early works.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 10:00AM - 12:30PM
  • Instructor: Melamed, Yitzhak Yohanan
  • Room: Gilman 288
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-MODERN

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: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Mandell, Alice H
  • Room: Gilman 50
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 64/70
  • PosTag(s): NEAS-HISCUL

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
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Lewis, Theodore
  • Room: Maryland 202
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Katz, David
  • Room: Smokler Center Library
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/19
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST

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: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Church, Gregory P
  • Room: MSE Library Eisenberg
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: In the Land of Others: Minorities in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean
AS.100.135 (01)

This course examines the history of ethno-religious minorities in the Mediterranean during the Later Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Glazer-Eytan, Yonatan
  • Room: Bloomberg 176
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/18
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, HIST-MIDEST, HIST-AFRICA

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:
  • Instructor: Church, Gregory P
  • Room:  
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 10/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

A Comparative History of Jewish and Christian Mysticism
AS.100.273 (01)

This course will trace the historical development of Jewish and Christian mysticism between the 11th and the 19th centuries.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Maciejko, Pawel Tadeusz
  • Room: Gilman 277
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, HIST-MIDEST, INST-GLOBAL

Modernity, Catastrophe, and Power in Jewish History: 1881 to the Present
AS.100.371 (01)

Jewish history, politics, and culture across a century of enormous transformations and transformative enormities in Europe, the US, and the Middle East. Topics include: impacts on Jewish life of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the post-imperial reordering of the Eastern Europe and the Middle East; Zionism and other modes of Jewish contestatory politics; the consolidation of American Jewry; Nazism and the Holocaust in Europe; formation and development of the State of Israel; the global reordering of Jewish life amid cross-currents of the Cold War, conflict in the Middle East, and success in the US. Substantial attention to recent and contemporary history including the dramatic changes in Israeli society and polity over the past forty years and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Moss, Kenneth
  • Room:  
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 19/19
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, HIST-MIDEST, HIST-EUROPE, HIST-US

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
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Lang, Beatrice
  • Room: Gilman 443
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate Yiddish Texts I
AS.210.269 (01)

For students who have completed at least one year of Yiddish language study, this course will provide the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of Yiddish culture while continuing to improve their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking Yiddish. Alongside textbook-based language work, students will read, listen to and interact with a variety of texts, for example literature, journalism and oral history. Prerequisite: AS.210.164 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Lang, Beatrice
  • Room: Gilman 422
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Holocaust in Film and Literature
AS.211.333 (01)

How has the Holocaust been represented in literature and film? Are there special challenges posed by genocide to the traditions of visual and literary representation? Where does the Holocaust fit in to the array of concerns that the visual arts and literature express? And where do art and literature fit in to the commemoration of communal tragedy and the working through of individual trauma entailed by thinking about and representing the Holocaust? These questions will guide our consideration of a range of texts — nonfiction, novels, poetry — in Yiddish, German, English, French and other languages (including works by Primo Levi and Isaac Bashevis Singer), as well as films from French documentaries to Hollywood blockbusters (including films by Alain Resnais, Claude Lanzmann, and Steven Spielberg). All readings in English.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Spinner, Samuel Jacob
  • Room:  
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

Contemporary Israeli Poetry
AS.216.300 (01)

This course examines the works of major Israeli poets such as Yehuda Amichai, Nathan Zach, Dalia Rabikovitch, Erez Biton, Roni Somek, Dan Pagis, Yona Wollach, Yair Horwitz, Maya Bejerano, and Yitzhak Laor. Against the background of the poetry of these famous poets we will study recent developments and trends in Israeli poetry, including less known figures such as Mois Benarroch, Shva Salhoov and Almog Behar. Through close reading of the poems, the course will trace the unique style and aesthetic of each poet, and will aim at presenting a wide picture of contemporary Hebrew poetry.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Stahl, Neta
  • Room: Gilman 313
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • 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: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 9:00AM - 9:50AM, MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, T 9:30AM - 10:20AM
  • Instructor: Cohen, Zvi
  • Room: Smokler Center 213
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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
  • Days/Times: F 12:00PM - 1:15PM, M 3:00PM - 3:50PM, Th 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Cohen, Zvi
  • Room: Smokler Center 213
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: From Rabbis to Revolutionaries: Modern Jewish Identities
AS.211.217 (01)

Many Jews in the modern period abandoned the traditional religious way of life, but continued to identify strongly as Jews, and even those who remained committed to tradition had to adapt. Through the prism of the Yiddish language, the vernacular of Eastern European Jewry, this course will explore different ways in which Jews reacted to historical developments and embraced political and cultural movements of their time, from the founding of modern Yiddish theater in Romania, to the creation of a Jewish autonomous region in the far east of the Soviet Union, to the development of avant-garde poetry in New York. 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 a meal of Eastern European 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: Gilman 443
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/12
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, 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
  • Days/Times: F 10:00AM - 10:50AM, M 1:30PM - 2:45PM, W 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Cohen, Zvi
  • Room: Smokler Center 213
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Representing Otherness in Literature and Film
AS.211.325 (01)

The term 'Otherness' is known to be rooted in the Self-Other opposition as it emerged in German Idealism, adopted by psychoanalysis and transformed to Post-Colonial and Feminist theories. This theoretical framework will allow us to explore the role of the Other in literature and cinema. Students will become familiar with the historical development of the notion of the “stranger” through reading and analyzing various contemporary works of prose, poetry and cinema from various countries. We will analyze the ways in which these works depict Otherness and will investigate questions regarding their social, political and philosophical framework as well as the literary and cinematographic devices they employ. 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
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Stahl, Neta
  • Room: Gilman 313
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.191.335 (01)Arab-Israeli Conflict (IR)M 4:00PM - 6:30PMFreedman, RobertGilman 55INST-IR, INST-CP, ISLM-ISLMST
AS.150.485 (01)Descartes and SpinozaW 10:00AM - 12:30PMMelamed, Yitzhak YohananGilman 288PHIL-MODERN
AS.130.138 (01)Jerusalem: The Holy CityTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMMandell, Alice HGilman 50NEAS-HISCUL
AS.130.140 (01)Hebrew Bible / Old TestamentMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMLewis, TheodoreMaryland 202
AS.130.216 (01)History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMKatz, DavidSmokler Center LibraryINST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST
AS.130.440 (01)Elementary Biblical HebrewMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMChurch, Gregory PMSE Library Eisenberg
AS.100.135 (01)Freshman Seminar: In the Land of Others: Minorities in the Pre-Modern MediterraneanTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMGlazer-Eytan, YonatanBloomberg 176HIST-EUROPE, HIST-MIDEST, HIST-AFRICA
AS.130.442 (01)Readings - Hebrew ProseChurch, Gregory P 
AS.100.273 (01)A Comparative History of Jewish and Christian MysticismMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMMaciejko, Pawel TadeuszGilman 277HIST-EUROPE, HIST-MIDEST, INST-GLOBAL
AS.100.371 (01)Modernity, Catastrophe, and Power in Jewish History: 1881 to the PresentW 1:30PM - 4:00PMMoss, Kenneth INST-GLOBAL, HIST-MIDEST, HIST-EUROPE, HIST-US
AS.210.163 (01)Elementary Yiddish ITTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMLang, BeatriceGilman 443
AS.210.269 (01)Intermediate Yiddish Texts ITTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLang, BeatriceGilman 422
AS.211.333 (01)The Holocaust in Film and LiteratureW 1:30PM - 4:00PMSpinner, Samuel Jacob INST-GLOBAL
AS.216.300 (01)Contemporary Israeli PoetryTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMStahl, NetaGilman 313
AS.384.115 (01)First Year HebrewF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, T 9:30AM - 10:20AMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
AS.384.215 (01)Second Year HebrewF 12:00PM - 1:15PM, M 3:00PM - 3:50PM, Th 9:00AM - 10:15AMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
AS.211.217 (01)Freshman Seminar: From Rabbis to Revolutionaries: Modern Jewish IdentitiesTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMLang, BeatriceGilman 443GRLL-ENGL, INST-GLOBAL
AS.384.315 (01)Third Year HebrewF 10:00AM - 10:50AM, M 1:30PM - 2:45PM, W 1:30PM - 2:45PMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
AS.211.325 (01)Representing Otherness in Literature and FilmTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMStahl, NetaGilman 313GRLL-ENGL