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Listed below are the courses from the University Course Catalog with Jewish Studies content. All of them count toward the requirements for the minor in the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.

Anthropology

Department of Anthropology, 109 Davenport Hall, 333-3616

ANTH 161. The Holocaust and Its Meanings

Survey of the Holocaust as a cultural symbol and crucial reference point for debates on morality, ethics and the lessons of history. Traces the Holocaust as a symbol in its historical and cross-cultural dimensions through text and film.

ANTH 190. American Jewish Culture

Examines American Jewish experience in its cultural and historical diversity. Introduces the approaches of cultural anthropology in order to investigate how an ethnic group has elaborated and continues to elaborate its identity in American culture and society through strategies of individual and collective behavior. In this way, American Jewish identities emerge as the products of specific interactions between Judaism's overarching cultural system and local American cultural formations.

ANTH 277. Ancient Cities, Sacred Land

Examines urban development from its origins to the present day. Among the concepts covered are urbanism, urbanization, ceremonial centers and ceremonial cities, the city as a system, the spatial and economic organization of cities, and the built environment (sacred landscapes, vernacular architecture, places of power). Small field project is conducted in Champaign-Urbana. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci, Cultural Studies - Western

ANTH 290. Jewish Cultures of the World

Survey of the world's Jewish cultures with a particular focus on the non-Western world. Addresses the relations between Judaism and other religious systems and the nature of Jewish life in such locales as North Africa, Subsaharan Africa, India, China, and South America. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Cultural Studies - Non-West

ANTH 393. The World of Jewish Sepharad

Study of the cultural legacy and history of the Sephardic Jews, mostly focusing on the Mediterranean and the thriving communities they established in countries of Muslim governance and in the Balkans, and more recently in America. The Judeo-Spanish language, which has been preserved until the end of the twentieth century, the press, literature and music will be components of this course. Same as HIST 393, REL 393. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Hist & Phil, Cultural Studies - Non-West, Cultural Studies - Western

ANTH 488. Modern Europe

Historical studies which deploy anthropological methods in the study of early modern and modern Europe; looks at processes of twentieth century modernization through ethnographic studies. Western, Central and Eastern Europe will all receive attention, but the study of Western Europe will predominate.

Communication

Department of Communication, 3001 Lincoln Hall, 333-2683

CMN 232. Intro to Intercultural Communication

Introduction to the study of intercultural communication in a variety of contexts, including domestic and international; examines theory and research to explain what happens when people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds interact. Requires students to think critically about the ways in which "taken-for-granted" ways of thinking, acting, and interacting are culturally specific. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Cultural Studies - Non-West, Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

Comparative Literature

Program in Comparative and World Literature, 3072 Foreign Languages Building, 333-4987

CWL 202. Literature and Ideas

Analysis of several important world-views in Western civilization (such as classical, Romantic, modern, and so forth), studied comparatively and in relation to selected figures in Western literature. Prerequisite: CWL 241 and CWL 242; or one year of college literature; or consent of instructor. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts, Cultural Studies - Western

CWL 221. Jewish Storytelling: From the Russian Shtetl to New York

Course will introduce the great Jewish storytellers such as Nachman of Bratslav, Scholem-Aleichem, and I. B. Singer through readings of Yiddish tales, short stories, poetry, drama and excerpts from novels and autobiographies from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, Yiddish films and folklore will be used to exemplify the variety of Jewish cultural expression in Eastern Europe, Russia, and America. Course will also present a sample of critical approaches to Yiddish literature. Taught in English translation. Same as ENGL 223, REL 220, YDSH 220. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts, Cultural Studies - Western

CWL 271. The Holocaust in Context - ACP

Jewish contributions to German Literature from 1200 to the present day. Includes trips to the University Library's Rare Book Room. Same as GER 261. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Advanced Composition, Humanities - Lit & Arts, Cultural Studies - Western

CWL 320. Literary Responses to the Holocaust

Course introduces a variety of Jewish literary responses to the Holocaust written during and after the Second World War (from 1939). The discussion of Holocaust memoirs, diaries, novels, short stories, poems, and other texts will focus on the unique contribution of literary works to our understanding of the Holocaust. In addition, the works and their authors will be situated in their Jewish cultural historical context. Taught in English translation. Same as ENGL 359, REL 320, YDSH 320. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts, Cultural Studies - Western

CWL 421. Jewish Life-Writing

Jewish life-writing from the late 18th century until today. Emphasis on cultural historical context, literary styles, and forms. All texts will be available in English translation. Same as HIST 436, REL 420, SLAV 420, and YDSH 421.

CWL 571. Seminar in Literary Relations

Investigation of the impact of one literature upon another, or of some specific works upon others (the role of English literature in continental Europe, the influence of Russian novelists on French and German writers, etc.).

Educational Policy Studies

College of Education, 1310 S. 6th St., 333-0960

EPS 310. Race and Cultural Diversity

Study of race and cultural diversity from Colonial era to present; the evolution of racial ideology in an ethnically heterogeneous society; the impact of race on the structures and operations of fundamental social institutions; the role of race in contemporary politics and popular culture. Same as AAS310, AFRO310, and LLS310. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Advanced Composition, Cultural Studies - US Minority

English

Department of English, 208 English Building, 333-2391

ENGL 272. Minority Images in American Film

Writing-intensive course which explores how a range of films made in the United States have represented diverse ethnicities and cultures in relation to each other and to dominant American media conventions and social ideas. A comparative, case study approach examines racial and gender stereotyping, historical and economic factors, and reactions of various audiences to the films. Same as AFRO 272. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts, Cultural Studies - US Minority

ENGL 284. Modern Jewish Literature

Surveys imaginative literature by Jewish authors from the Enlightenment to the present, including fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiography written in English or translated from other languages. Same as CWL 284, REL 284. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts

ENGL 359. Literary Responses to the Holocaust

Course introduces a variety of Jewish literary responses to the Holocaust written during and after the Second World War (from 1939). The discussion of Holocaust memoirs, diaries, novels, short stories, poems, and other texts will focus on the unique contribution of literary works to our understanding of the Holocaust. In addition, the works and their authors will be situated in their Jewish cultural historical context. Taught in English translation. Same as REL 320 and YDSH 320.This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts, Cultural Studies - Western

ENGL 363. Jewish Immigrant Literature

Examines Jewish immigrant literature in American from the late nineteenth century until the 1980's. Traces the change of the Jewish immigrant community into an ethnic community by contrasting Yiddish and English literary texts written in America. Films about the Jewish immigrant experience in American will be shown and discussed as examples of American popular culture. All readings will be in English. Same as YDSH 380.

ENGL 460. Literature of American Minorities

German

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 2090 Foreign Languages Building, 333-1288

GER 257. Vienna 1900

An overview of Vienna's cultural landscape (architecture, music, literature, and the visual arts) and investigation of the relevant historical and political developments at the roots of Vienna's cultural importance in turn-of-the-century Europe. Same as ANTH 257, HIST 257.

GER 261. The Holocaust in Context

Jewish contributions to German Literature from 1200 to the present day. Includes trips to the University Library's Rare Book Room. Same as CWL 273, and ENGL 269.

Global Studies

LAS Global Studies, 616 E. Green St., Ste 201, 333-0178

GLBL 100. Intro to Global Studies

Foundation course for understanding a range of contemporary issues and learning to analyze them from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students consider globalizing trends within themes of wealth and poverty; population, cultures, and human rights; environment and sustainability; and governance, conflict, and cooperation. Course objectives are to enhance knowledge of human cultures, their interactions and impacts on the world; develop skills for successfully negotiating realities of contemporary societies; and promote values for global learning, diversity, and sustainable futures. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci, Cultural Studies - Western

Grand Challenge Learning

GCL 143. Mapping Inequalities

Grand Challenge Learning course in Inequality & Cultural Understanding. Immerses students in the history of Inequality in the United States through mapping the geographic, historical, and/or social movement of minority cultures using quantitative and social science methods. Topics vary by section, but each section emphasizes experiential learning through community-engaged scholarship, field-trips, or computer programming projects. No previous computer programming experience is required. No previous computer programming experience is required.This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Quantitative Reasoning II, Social & Beh Sci - Soc Scic Cultural Studies - US Minority

Hebrew

Department of Religion, 4088 Foreign Languages Building, 333-0473

HEBR 199. Undergraduate Open Seminar

 

HEBR 201. Elementary Modern Hebrew, I

Acquaints students with the fundamental principles of the Hebrew Language. Develops all four language skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking.

HEBR 202. Elementary Modern Hebrew, II

Continuation of HEBR 201, with introduction of more advanced grammar and with emphasis on more fluency in speaking and reading.

HEBR 205. Intensive Biblical Hebrew

Acquisition of reading knowledge of biblical Hebrew and a familiarity with all major aspects of biblical Hebrew grammar. Same as RLST 205.

HEBR 403. Intermediate Modern Hebrew, I

Continuation of HEBR 202. Advanced examination of the fundamental principles of the Hebrew language.

HEBR 404. Intermediate Modern Hebrew, II

Continuation of HEBR 403. Concentration on ability to engage in reasonable fluent discourse in Hebrew, comprehensive knowledge of formal grammar, and an ability to read easy Hebrew texts.

HEBR 405. Advanced Modern Hebrew, I

For students who have mastered the fundamental principles of the Hebrew language. Develops competence through reading Hebrew fiction and studying Israeli newspapers and television programs.

HEBR 406. Advanced Modern Hebrew, II

Continuation of HEBR 405. Course for advanced knowledge of spoken and written standard Modern Hebrew with emphasis on Modern Hebrew literature and language, Israeli newspapers and Israeli television programs.

HEBR 407. Topics in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature, I

Selected readings from modern Hebrew authors, with emphasis on the novel and short story; lectures and discussions on Hebrew literature and aesthetics; and detailed analysis of formal Hebrew grammar.

HEBR 408. Topics in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature, II

Selected readings from Modern Hebrew literature with emphasis on short stories and plays, lectures and discussions on Hebrew literature and other fine arts in Hebrew.

HEBR 414. Advanced Biblical Hebrew

In-depth study of the grammar and syntax of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible. Texts to be studied will change from year to year. Selections will cover the full range of biblical genres and styles, including prophecy, law, historical narrative, psalms, and wisdom literature.

History

Department of History, 309 Gregory Hall, 333-1155

HIST 135. History of the Islamic Middle East

Introduction to fourteen centuries of Middle East history from the rise of Islam to modern times. Examines the development of Islamic thought, and of religious, social, and political institutions, as well as the transformations of the 19th and 20th centuries, in the area consisting of Egypt, the Fertile Crescent, Arabia, Turkey, and Iran.This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Cultural Studies - Non-West, Humanities – Hist & Phil

HIST 252. The Holocaust

Exploration of the Holocaust in historical perspective by examining European anti-Semitism, political developments in Germany, the rise to power of the Nazis, and the origins of the Holocaust with first-hand accounts, films, and historical texts, concluding with the legacy of the Holocaust in the contemporary world. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Hist & Phil, Cultural Studies - Western

HIST 268. Jewish History to 1700

Examination of the Jewish past from its beginnings to the dawn of the modern age. Explores the place of Jewry in ancient, Islamic and Christian societies, as well as internal changes in Jewish culture and society. Same as REL 268.

HIST 269. Jewish History since 1700

Explores how life was lived by Jewish women and men through the past three centuries. Will also focus on wider place of the Jews in European society, and the achievements and tragedies of the modern Jewish- non-Jewish relationship. Same as REL 269. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Cultural Studies – Western, Humanities – Hist & Phil

HIST 281. Constructing Race in America

Interdisciplinary examination of the historical, cultural, and social dimensions of race and ethnicity in the United States. Explores the complex and intricate pursuit of multiracial and multicultural democracy. Same as AAS 281, AFRO 281, and LLS 281.This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Hist & Phil, Cultural Studies - US Minority

HIST 335. The Middle East 1566-1914

Political, social, cultural, and ideological developments in Egypt, Arabia, the Fertile Crescent, Iran and Turkey from the mid 16th century to the eve of World War I. Premodern society and institutions, the question of "decline" and "awakening", encounters with Europe and self-strengthening reforms, relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews, the role of women and the family, and class formations.

HIST 337. The Middle East in the Twentieth Century

Political and ideological developments in Egypt, Arabia, the Fertile Crescent (including Israel), Iran, and Turkey from World War I to the present, with emphasis on the period to the 1960s; economic, social, and cultural trends in the region also addressed.

HIST 355. Soviet Jewish History

An examination of how Jewish life and culture contributed to the creation of the world's first socialist society. Makes use of primary sources, scholarly essays and monographs, archival documents, literature, memoirs, film, and visual culture as a way of introducing students to Soviet Jewish History, from the reign of the last tsar, Nicholas II, to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Special topics to be examined include: the breakup of the Pale of Settlement during the Great War; the role of Jews in revolution and revolutionary culture; Soviet nationality policy; shtetl culture; antisemitism; everyday life; the purges of the 1930s; the Jewish experience in World War II; the Holocaust; and mass emigration.

HIST 433. The History of the Jews in the Diaspora

Deals with the history of the Jewish people from the destruction of the Jewish state by Rome to the reestablishment of a Jewish state in 1948. The emphasis is on the interaction between the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds as well as changes internal to the Jewish communities. Same as REL 434.

HIST 456. Twentieth-Century Germany

Political upheavals of twentieth-century Germany; topics include the First World War's impact on German society, the war's revolutionary aftermath, the political struggles and cultural achievements of the Weimar Republic, the rise of Hitler, the Third Reich, the Holocaust, the Second World War, and the divided postwar Germanies; novels and films complement readings.

HIST 472. Immigrant America

History of immigration and immigrant groups in the United States from 1830 to 1980. Covers major waves of immigration and focuses on the diverse cultural heritage, social structure, and political activism of immigrants from Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

HIST 495/498D. Family in HIstory

The family is in flux. The legalization of same-sex marriage in a number of countries is the latest in a series of developments since the mid-twentieth century that have re-shaped family ideology and family life itself in much of the world. However, there never was a "traditional family" to be undone. Instead, there was an older family ideal, only occasionally realized in practice, which was invented two centuries earlier. In this course we will be surveying historic Euro-American family ideals and practices, their export to the non-Western world, and recent developments from no-fault divorce to same-sex marriage. In addition to readings and discussions, students will research and present on a topic related to the family in history - as practiced, as idealized, as legislated, and so on.

HIST 551. Jews and Their Neighbors in Global Contexts

This course is an interdisciplinary graduate-level introduction to the encounter between Jews and their neighbors. It focuses on the significations and transformations of Jewishness through a wide range of recent writings by historians and cultural theorists. We will consider the pre-modern roots of the position of Judaism and Jews in Christian thought and society, but will more closely focus on the modern re-articulation of this relationship in the aftermath of the Enlightenment. Key themes will include the varied pathways of Jewish modernization, the emergence of modern Jewish political, cultural and religious formations, constructions of Jewish otherness, everyday neighborly relations, and both Jewish and non-Jewish responses to the Holocaust. Students are required to lead two seminars. The writing assignments include on short response paper and a longer critical review essay or an annotated bibliography project. The bibliography project is designed to help students prepar for preliminary examinations and/or begin preliminary background reading for a future, long-term research project. (Eugene Avrutin)

Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, 105 Gregory Hall, 333-2889

PHIL 230. Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Introduction to philosophical analysis of religious thought and experience. Same as REL 230. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Hist & Phil

Political Science

Department of Political Science, 420 David Kinley Hall, 333-3881

PS 152. The New Middle East

Discussion of contemporary sociopolitical change and current events in the Middle East. We will explore the background to these events, the factors that are driving them, and the short-term and long-term implications for the region and the world. Course reflects diverse fields of study, including cultural studies, economics, education, history, law, linguistics, literature, media, religion, political science, and sociology. Same asSAME152 and SOC152. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Cultural Studies - Non-West, Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

PS 201. US Racial and Ethnic Politics

Examines efforts by racial and ethnic communities to organize politically and by society to allocate resources based on race or ethnicity. Topical focus includes African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and white ethnics. The primary goal of the course is to develop a more comprehensive understanding of racial and ethnic politics by identifying commonalities and differences among these groups and their relationship to the state. Same as AAS201, AFRO201, and LLS201. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci, Cultural Studies - US Minority

PS 347. Government and Politics of the Middle East

Analyzes the transformation of Middle Eastern society from Morocco to Iran, as case studies in political modernization. The politics of the area are studied with special reference to causes and character of modernization, role of leadership, ideologies and institutions, methods and theories for analyzing political systems undergoing fundamental transformation, and implications for U. S. policy. Same as ASST 347.

Psychology

Psychology Department, 308 Psych Building, 333-0631

PSYC 207. Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination

Examines the psychological causes and social consequences of prejudice and discrimination in society. Learn about the current state of prejudice and discrimination in the U.S., empirical methods for studying prejudice and discrimination, and psychological interventions for reducing prejudice and discrimination. Topics include stereotyping, cognitive biases, group conflict, ideology, implicit associations, subtle and benevolent forms of prejudice, and microaggressions. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Social & Beh Sci - Beh Sci

PSYC 308. Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination

Examines major topics in the psychology of religion and spirituality to promote reflection on how religion shapes attitudes, behavior, and contemporary U.S. society. Through the lens of psychology, we explore questions such as: Why are some people religious and spiritual? How do we study religion and spirituality from a psychological perspective? What do religion and spirituality look like across the lifespan? Does religion shape prejudice, morality, violence, or altruism? What is the role of religion in promoting health? Overall, we will examine these and other questions to promote greater understanding regarding the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of individuals and larger society. Same as REL308. Prerequisite: PSYC100 or equivalent.

Religious Studies

Department of Religion, 3080 Foreign Language Building, 333-0473

REL 101. The Bible as Literature

Themes and literary genres in the Bible, emphasizing content important in Western culture. Same as CWL 111, ENGL 114.This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts

REL 106. Archaeology and the Bible

Examination of archaeological evidence, especially from Syria-Palestine, and discussion of its use in the interpretation of Biblical literature. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Advanced Composition, Humanities - Hist & Phil

REL 108. Religion and Society in the West I

Introduction to classic writers and texts in Western religious and social thought form antiquity to the Enlightenment, with emphasis on their social and historical contexts. Same as ANTH 108, PHIL 108, and SOC 108.This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil, Cultural Studies - Western

REL 109. Religion and Society in the West II

Introduction to classic writers and texts in Western religious and social thought from the Enlightenment to the present, with emphasis on their social and historical contexts. Same as ANTH 109, PHIL 109, and SOC 109.This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Hist & Phil, Cultural Studies - Western

REL 110. World Religions

Survey of the leading living religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; examination of basic texts and of philosophic theological elaborations of each religion. Same as PHIL 110.This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Hist & Phil, Cultural Studies - Non-West, Cultural Studies - Western

REL 116. Faith and Self in Global Context

Whether in fourth-century North African, tenth-century Japan, fourteenth-century Spain, or twentieth-century America, men and women have wrestled with the question of who they are and how they are to relate to the world. Through autobiographic writings, by reading the words of women and men attempting to make sense of the world and their place in it, we hope to focus attention on the personal dimensions of faith and of cross cultural contact at the same time that we provide an introduction to the worlds' major religions. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Cultural Studies - Western

REL 120. A History of Judaism

Conceptions of the Holy-Man and His Holiness within the Judaic tradition: the Man of God, the worldly Scribe, the Philosopher-king, Holiness through the heart, the mind and the law, Holiness through study, Holy Land, Holy Tradition, and the New Holy Man. Same as HIST 168. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Advanced Composition, Humanities - Hist & Phil

REL 130. Jewish Customs and Ceremonies

The major festivals and life-cycle rituals of Judaism; focuses on sacred time, interaction of external and internal factors producing change and conservatism, relationship of ritual and theology, and the thematic development inherent in the rituals.

REL 201. Hebrew Bible in English

Analyzes the critical issues in the interpretation of the literature of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; surveys the history and religion of Ancient Israel with special reference to Israel's setting in the ancient Near East. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil

REL 220. Jewish Storytelling

Course will introduce the great Jewish storytellers such as Nachman of Bratslav, Scholem-Aleichem, and I.B. Singer through readings of Yiddish tales, short stories, poetry, drama and excerpts from novels and autobiographies from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, Yiddish films and folklore will be used to exemplify the variety of Jewish cultural expression in Eastern Europe, Russia, and America. Course will also present a sample of critical approaches to Yiddish literature. Taught in English translation. Same as CWL 221 and YDSH 220. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts, Cultural Studies - Western

REL 221. American Judaism

Forms of Judaism in America: Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Orthodox, and Hasidic Judaism; the American rabbi; Zionism in America; American Jewish communal life; national Jewish organizations; the American synagogue; and the secular Jew. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition

REL 235. History of Religion in America

Examines the religious history of the lands that have become the United States and the people who have become known as Americans through texts written by and about people of all races and creeds. From the precontact era through the twentieth century, this course emphasizes the diversity of American religion, the discord caused by and present in American religion, and the many instances of dialogue that have been a part of America's religious history. Same as HIST 289.This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil

REL 242. The Holocaust: Religious Responses

The theoretical foundation for ideas of national and racial superiority which attended the holocaust and responses to this phenomenon by major Jewish and Christian thinkers, including Rubenstein, Buber, Fackenheim, Berkowitz, Reuther, and Wiesel.

REL 283. Jewish Sacred Literature

Literary study of the major post-biblical sacred texts of Judaism; includes readings in translation from Mishnah, Tosefta, Talmudim, midrashim, piyyutim, and mystical treatises. Emphasizes nature, history, function, and development of literary patterns and forms and the relationships between form and content in these texts. Same as CWL 283, ENGL 283. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts

REL 320. Literary Responses to the Holocaust

Course introduces a variety of Jewish literary responses to the Holocaust written during and after the Second World War (from 1939). The discussion of Holocaust memoirs, diaries, novels, short stories, poems, and other texts will focus on the unique contribution of literary works to our understanding of the Holocaust. In addition, the works and their authors will be situated in their Jewish cultural historical context. Taught in English translation. Same as ENGL 359 and YDSH 320.This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts, Cultural Studies - Western

REL 415. Introductory Readings of the Talmud

Introduces students to the rhetoric, vocabulary, grammar, and argumentation of the Babylonian Talmud. The students will read, translate, and analyze portions of the Babylonian Talmud daily in class.

REL 416. Readings in Rabbinic Midrash

Introduces students to the rhetoric, vocabulary, grammar, and argumentation of the Rabbinic Midrashic Collections, especially Mekhilta, Sifre Deuteronomy, and Bereshit Rabbah. The students will read, translate, and analyze portions of these collections daily in class.

REL 442. History of Early Judaism

The history of Judaism from Ezra to the rise of Islam: Hellenism and Judaism, varieties of Judaism, Palestinian Judaism and its documents, Babylonian Judaism, the rabbis, and popular Jewish culture. Same as HIST 432.

REL 443. Ancient Near Eastern Cultures

Examines the literature and religious practice of the great civilizations of the Near East, particularly the Sumerian, Assyro-Babylonian, Egyptian, Canaanite and Hittite cultures.

REL 458. Christians and Jews 1099-1789

Examines the complex relations between Christians and Jews in Europe from the high Middle Ages through the Enlightenment. Among our topics are the religious and social roots of medieval persecutions of Jews; the history of Jewish banishments; construction of myths to foment hostilities; Renaissance humanism (especially the Christian absorption of Jewish scholarship); the impact of the Christian reform movements, both Protestant and Catholic, on the status of Jews; mercantilism and the re-admission of Jews; and the emergence of a discourse of religious tolerance in the Enlightenment. Same as HIST 458.

REL 496. Topics in the History of Judaism

REL 498. Topics in Biblical Studies

Detailed interpretation of selected books of the Bible.

REL 594. Genesis in History

Survey of Jewish and Christian cultural reception of Genesis in the ancient and medieval worlds. Examines techniques of exegesis and strategies of interpretation in the ancient world, such as allegory, narrative expansion, and retelling. Engages with foundational studies of modern scholarship on biblical reception. While focusing on the initial chapters of Genesis, we will also explore the appropriation of Abraham traditions and the Joseph story.

Russian

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, 3080 Foreign Language Building, 333-0680

RUSS 261. Introduction to Russian-Jewish Culture

Introduction to the interaction of the intellectual, artistic, political, social, and religious life of the Jewish community in Russia through film, literature, art and historical record. Same as HIST 261. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Hist & Phil, Cultural Studies - Western

RUSS 465. Russian-Jewish Culture

Study of Russian-Jewish cultural, social, and political life through literature and film.

Social Work

School of Social Work, 1010 W. Nevada Street, Urbana IL 61801, 333-2261

SOCW 300. Diversity: Identities & Issues

This introductory course explores multiple dimensions of diversity in a pluralistic and increasingly globalized society. Using a social work strengths perspective as well as historical, constructivist, and critical conceptual frameworks; the course examines issues of identity, culture, privilege stigma, prejudice, and discrimination. The social construction and implications of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of difference is examined at individual, interpersonal, and systems levels. Students are expected to use the course material to explore their personal values, biases, family backgrounds, culture, and formative experiences in order to deepen their self-awareness and develop interpersonal skills in bridging differences. Finally, students apply learning from the course to identify characteristics of effective social work and other health and human service provision among people culturally different themselves; and to identify opportunities for change contributing to prejudice reduction and cross-cultural acceptance at home, work and in society. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Advanced Composition, Cultural Studies - US Minority

SOCW 473. Immigration, Health & Society

Sociology

Department of Sociology, 3120 Lincoln Hall, 333-1950

SOC 225. Race and Ethnicity

Sociological and social-psychological analysis of minority groups; illustrative material drawn from representative racial, ethnic, and status groups. Prerequisite: SOC100, SOC101, OR SOC163. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci, Cultural Studies - US Minority

Yiddish

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 2090 Foreign Languages Building, 333-1288

YDSH 101. Elementary Yiddish, I

Course develops basic conversational and reading skills as well as the essentials of Yiddish grammar.

YDSH 102. Elementary Yiddish, II

Continuation of YDSH 101 focusing on comprehension and reading skills.

YDSH 103. Intermediate Yiddish, I

Continuation of YDSH 102. Develops more advanced conversational, comprehension, reading and writing skills as well as introducing more advanced features of Yiddish grammar.

YDSH 104. Intermediate Yiddish, II

Continuation of YDSH 103.

YDSH 220. Jewish Storytelling

Course will introduce the great Jewish storytellers such as Nachman of Bratslav, Scholem-Aleichem, and I.B. Singer through readings of Yiddish tales, short stories, poetry, drama and excerpts from novels and autobiographies from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, Yiddish films and folklore will be used to exemplify the variety of Jewish cultural expression in Eastern Europe, Russia, and America. Course will also present a sample of critical approaches to Yiddish literature. Taught in English translation. Same as CWL 221 and REL 220. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts, Cultural Studies - Western

YDSH 320. Literary Responses to the Holocaust

Course introduces a variety of Jewish literary responses to the Holocaust written during and after the Second World War (from 1939). The discussion of Holocaust memoirs, diaries, novels, short stories, poems, and other texts will focus on the unique contribution of literary works to our understanding of the Holocaust. In addition, the works and their authors will be situated in their Jewish cultural historical context. Taught in English translation. Same as ENGL 359 and REL 320. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Humanities - Lit & Arts, Cultural Studies - Western

YDSH 420. Jewish Life-Writing

Jewish life-writing from the late 18th century until today. Emphasis on cultural historical context, literary styles, and forms. All texts will be available in English translation. Same as CWL 421,HIST 436,REL 420, andSLAV 420.