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Spring 2017 | Course Offerings



ANTH 393. The World of the 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, RLST 393. (Mahir Saul)


Comparative & World Literature

CWL 395. Special Topics Comp Lit I

Global Comics and Graphic Novels. This course provides an overview of the study of comics and graphic narratives from around the world. How do we define comics? What can comics express that just text or just visual art cannot? What does the combination of word and image achieve? How do comics change across national contexts? Why are comics an appropriate form for narratives of trauma, disaster, memory, and childhood? These questions and more will guide our class. (Jennifer Anderson Bliss)


GER 260. 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 271. (Peter Fritzsche)


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. (Sara Feldman)

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. (Sarah Feldman)

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. (Sayed Kashua)


HIST 135. History of 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. (Ken Cuno)

HIST 433. The History of 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 RLST 434. (Eugene Avrutin)

Jewish Studies

JS 199. The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Through Cinema

This course explores how the conflict is depicted in Israeli and Palestinian films from the British Mandate to the present. We will look at how social and historical processes shape Palestinian and Israeli cinematic narratives. We will also discuss issues of self-representation, the representation of the Other, the relationship to the land, diaspora, and narratives of nation-building. This course offers a cinematic journey from the revolutionary to the postmodern, from the collective to the individual, from hope to despair. Same as CWL 199 and SAME 199. (Sayed Kashua)

JS 454. Topics in Israeli LIterature and Culture

This course looks at women's experience in Israel through the lens of cinema. Topics include Mizrachim, divorce, the conflict, militarism, and religion. We will also be considering what it means to make films about women or as a woman.Same as CWL 454 and SAME 454. (Rachel Harris) (8 week course-Mar 13-May 3)

JS 495. Independant Study


RLST 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. (Bruce Rosenstock)

RLST 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.

RLST 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. (Dov Weiss)

Social Work

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. (Janet Carter-Black and Leah Cleeland)

SOCW 473. Immigration, Health & Society


YDSH 104. Intermediate Yiddish II

Continuation of YDSH 103. (Sara Feldman)