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REL 095 – Introduction to Jewish Studies

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Section Description: This course serves as an introduction to the new minor in Jewish Studies. There are no prerequisites. The emphasis is on the study of Jewish experience, past and present. We will explore such subjects as Jewish identity, its patterns and significance in classical, modern, and contemporary life. We will examine what makes Jewish life meaningful and Jewish and how this is expressed in everyday life. We will explore Jewish life within the context of American culture and society. We will do so by studying the ways that Jewish life is lived, interpreted, and practiced in. We will look at various ways that Judaism has understood and expressed itself culturally, psychologically, and from a philosophical point of view. Topics will include the immigration of Jews to America, the centrality of the Jewish week as lived, responses to persecution and suffering. We will include readings and reflections on the Holocaust and the emergence of the modern nation-state of Israel. What is the Jewish view of love, responsibility, hope, and expectation? This class is open to everyone until full. There will be two papers and a midterm exam. Class will be divided between lecture and discussion.

CRN: 95509

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 18/43

Days Time Location
TR 16:25 - 17:40 L/L COMMONS 216

Instructor(s): Richard Ira Sugarman

Meeting Dates: 29 Aug 2016 - 09 Dec 2016