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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

 

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Courses in "JWST-Jewish Studies"

JWST - Jewish Studies

JWST 141 American Jewish Experience (3) Also offered as: HIST106. Credit only granted for: HIST106 or JWST141. History of the Jews in America from Colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the waves of migration from Germany and Eastern Europe; the changing nature of the American Jewish community and its participation in American social, economic, and political life.

JWST 219 Special Topics in Jewish Studies (3) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

JWST 225 Religions of the Ancient Near East (3) Credit only granted for: JWST225, RELS219A, or HIST219I. Introduction to ancient Near Eastern religious systems and mythology, from the third millennium BCE through the fourth century BCE. Particular emphasis on Mesopotamia and ancient Israel.

JWST 227 Reconstructing the Civilization of Ancient Mesopotamia (3) Also offered as: HIST280. Credit only granted for: HIST280 or JWST227. Formerly: HEBR440. History and culture of Ancient Mesopotamia, as reconstructed from archeology, language, and texts of the region. Emphasis on culture, literature, religion, and institutions.

JWST 230 Introduction to the Rabbinic Movement: History and Culture (3) Also offered as: HIST281. Credit only granted for: HIST281 or JWST230. The emergence of the Rabbinic movement after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE through the 7th Century CE. The essential texts of ancient rabbinic literature.

JWST 231 Jewish Texts and Cultures of the Second Temple Period (3) Credit only granted for: HIST219C (Fall 2005), JWST219C (Fall 2005), or JWST231. An introduction to the literature, history, and culture of Jews in the period between the sixth century BCE and the second century CE. Special topics may include the rise of the formation of the biblical canon, scriptural interpretation, sectarian and revolutionary movements, and growth of the diaspora.

JWST 234 History of the Jewish People I (3) Also offered as: HIST282. Credit only granted for: HIST282 or JWST234. Political, economic, social, and cultural development within Jewish history from the Biblical period to the late Middle Ages. Special attention to the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism and its subsequent encounter with medieval Christian and Islamic civilizations.

JWST 235 History of the Jewish People II (3) Credit only granted for: HIST283, HIST283H, JWST235, or JWST235H. Political, economic, social and cultural development within Jewish history from the end of the Middle Ages to the present. Special attention to the twentieth century developments including the Nazi Holocaust and its aftermath, the Zionist movement and the creation of the State of Israel, and the rise of the contemporary American-Jewish community.

JWST 250 Fundamental Concepts of Judaism (3) Also offered as: PHIL234, RELS250. Credit only granted for: JWST250, PHIL234, or RELS250. A conceptional introduction to Judaism, analyzing its fundamental concepts from both analytical and historical perspectives. Discussion of "normative" Judaism as well as other conceptions of Judaism. Topics include: God, the Jewish people, authority, ethics, the sacred and the profane, particularism and universalism.

JWST 260 Introduction to Classical Hebrew I (3) Prerequisite: HEBR111; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Formerly: HEBR401. Readings of the Bible and other classical texts in original Hebrew. Emphasis on classical grammar and vocabulary, and reading of textual passages.

JWST 261 Introduction to Classical Hebrew II (3) Prerequisite: JWST260; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Formerly: HEBR402. Continuation of JWST260. Readings in the Bible and other classical texts in original Hebrew. Emphasis on classical grammar and vocabulary, and reading of textual passages.

JWST 262 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (3) Also offered as: ENGL262. Credit only granted for: JWST262, HEBR223 or ENGL262. Formerly: HEBR223. An exploration of the origins and compositional history of biblical literature. Critical study of texts and socio-historical analysis of their background.

JWST 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

JWST 270 Fantasy and Supernatural in Jewish Literature (3) Credit only granted for: HONR219O, JWST219O, or JWST270. Formerly: JWST219O. An examination of Jewish fantastical and supernatural literature from ancient to modern times, tracing how such stories have addressed essential questions of good and evil, power and powerlessness within a Jewish framework. Topics include intersections of Jewish and non-Jewish cultures.

JWST 272 Introduction to Jewish Literature (3) Formerly: HEBR231. A survey of Jewish literature and introduction to methods of reading literature in general and Jewish literature in particular. Concern with what makes a literary corpus Jewish and other issues of canonicity. All texts in English translation.

JWST 275 The Jew and the City through the Centuries (3) Also offered as: HIST286. Credit only granted for: HIST286 or JWST275. Jewish urban experience from ancient times to the present. Public space and private. The city and the sacred. Jewish ghettos and quarters. The struggle over modern Jerusalem.

JWST 281 Yiddish I (3) Introduction to the Yiddish language, with emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will also learn the history of the language, its significance to Jewish culture, its origins and basic structure.

JWST 282 Elementary Yiddish II (3) Prerequisite: JWST281; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Continuation of JWST281.

JWST 283 Intensive Elementary Yiddish I (4) Restriction: Must not have completed JWST282. Credit only granted for: GERM149Y, JWST282, or JWST283. An intensive introduction to the Yiddish language. Course covers one year of language instruction in one semester.

JWST 289 New Explorations in Jewish Studies (3) Investigation of critical and innovative responses in Jewish Studies. Although the topic will vary, the course will encourage intellectual exploration by students of fundamental problems and critical methods.

JWST 298 Elementary/Introductory Language Module for Jewish Studies (1-3) Prerequisite: HEBR212 or JWST282; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. A supplementary language module for students enrolled in designated Jewish Studies classes. Language of instruction English, texts in original language.

JWST 299 Independent Study in Jewish Studies (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. This lower-level independent study allows students in to work closely with a Jewish Studies faculty member of their choice, pending the prior approval of the faculty member. In this independent study, students will focus on a topic specific to Jewish Studies.

JWST 304 Critical Approaches to Israeli Culture (3) Formerly: JWST419B and JWST419K. An examination of the intersections of literature, society, philosophy, and politics in the making of modern Israeli culture. Special attention will be paid to the Zionist emphasis on making "new" Jews and its implications when expressed in literature and society.

JWST 314 Pedagogy and Instruction in the Hebrew Classroom (3) Credit only granted for: JWST314, JWST419F, or JWST429C. Formerly: JWST419F and JWST429C. An exploration of applied linguistic theory and issues in Hebrew teaching to current and future Hebrew and Judaic studies teachers. First and second language acquisition theories, past and present language teaching methodologies, effective approaches to teaching and testing in the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), as well as knowledge of the role of identity, context, and affective factors in Hebrew language learning. Taught in English.

JWST 315 Culture and Identity in Jewish and Hebrew Education (3) Credit only granted for: JWST429P or JWST315. Formerly: JWST429P. An in-depth examination of heterogeneous natures of various language learning settings. Social and psychological theories of second language and identity acquisition, anomie and language/identity attrition, and conflicts of class, religion, ethnicity, and power relations that affect Jewish and Hebrew education. Taught in English.

JWST 319 Special Topics in Jewish Studies (1-6) Repeatable to 12 credits if content differs. Topics in Jewish Studies.

JWST 324 Biblical History and Culture (3) Also offered as: HIST321. Credit only granted for: HEBR333, HIST321, or JWST324. Formerly: HEBR333. Study of the political, social, and religious development of the Jewish nation from its inception to its return from exile in Babylonia around 536 C.E. Focus on biblical texts, archeological finds, and source materials from neighboring cultures to reconstruct political history and the development of religious concepts.

JWST 325 Jews and Judaism in Antiquity I: Sixth Century BCE through the First Century CE (3) Also offered as: HIST370. Credit only granted for: HIST370 or JWST325. Political, social, and religious history of the Jews from the Persian Period to the Judean Revolt of 66-70CE. Special attention to the rise of sectarian and revolutionary movements.

JWST 326 Jews and Judaism in Antiquity II: First through Seventh Centuries (3) Also offered as: HIST371. Credit only granted for: HIST371 or JWST326. Political, social, and religious history of the Jews from the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE to the Muslim conquests. Special attention to the political transformations in Judaism under late Roman Christianity, and the rise of the Rabbinic movement.

JWST 331 Early Christianity: Jesus to Constantine (3) Also offered as: HIST320. Credit only granted for: HIST320 or JWST331. Social and religious history of early Christianity from its origin in the first century to the reign of Constantine.

JWST 333 Jews in Early Modern Times 1450-1750 (3) Recommended: HIST282; or JWST234. Also offered as: HIST373. Credit only granted for: JWST333, HIST373, HIST418C/JWST419C (Fall 2006, Fall 2004) or HIST419C/JWST419Y (Spring 2001). Formerly: JWST419C. Emergence of new powerful population centers, religious and cultural creativity, new forms of community, and radical messianic movements.

JWST 341 American Jewish Literature (3) Also offered as: ENGL331. Credit only granted for: ENGL379L (Spring 2013), HONR229G (Spring 2008), JWST319T(Spring 2013), ENGL331, or JWST341. Formerly: ENGL379L and JWST319T. An exploration of the role played by literature in the development of American Jewish ethnic identity. Primary materials include essays, poetry, plays, short stories, novels, films and music.

JWST 343 Modern Jewish History I: The Road to Emancipation, 1650-1870 (3) Also offered as: HIST374. Credit only granted for: HIST374 or JWST343. Social, political, economic, and cultural change in the Jewish world since 1650. Emphasis on emancipation, assimilation, and new forms of Jewish identity in Western and Eastern European Jewry from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

JWST 344 Modern Jewish History II: World Jewry Since 1870 (3) Also offered as: HIST375. Credit only granted for: HIST375 or JWST344. Continuation of JWST343: Social, political, economic, and cultural change in the Jewish world since 1870. Emphasis on emancipation, assimilation, and new forms of Jewish identity in Western and Eastern European Jewry from the 19th Century to the present.

JWST 345 The Holocaust of European Jewry (3) Also offered as: HIST307. Credit only granted for: HIST307 or JWST345. Roots of Nazi Jewish policy in the 1930s and during World War II: the process of destruction and the implementation of the "final solution of the Jewish problem" in Europe, and the responses made by the Jews to their concentration and annihilation.

JWST 346 Representing the Holocaust (3) Also offered as: ENGL332. Credit only granted for: ENGL379J, JWST419I, ENGL332, or JWST346. Formerly: ENGL379J and JWST419I. Different perspectives on how the Holocaust should be represented. Examination of a wide range of texts including fiction, memoirs, critical essays, poems and films in different languages (in translation). Emphasis on the international and comparative nature of Holocaust literary studies and investigation into the propriety of literary representation of historical catastrophe. Consideration of our own role as readers serving as witnesses to an event that has marked itself indelibly in the aesthetic history of the twentieth century.

JWST 347 Religious Movements in European Jewish History (3) Credit only granted for: JWST419E, JWST347, HIST419Q, HIST429X, JWST419R, or RELS419R. Formerly: JWST419E, JWST419R. An exploration of the history of the different modern Jewish religious movements that developed in Europe, starting with messianic movements and ending with Reform and Orthodoxy. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of the academic study of Judaism on the development of modern Jewish religious ideologies and practices.

JWST 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

JWST 370 Jews of Eastern Europe (3) Credit only granted for: JWST419E, JWST370, or HIST419Q. Formerly: JWST419E. An exploration of the history of the Jews of Eastern Europe from the period of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth until the Holocaust. Topics to be covered include religious, political, social, and cultural transformation of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the context of the general political changes in the area.

JWST 376 Literature of the Holocaust (3) An exploration of the primary texts of the literary canon of the Holocaust: Night by Elie Wiesel, The Diary of Anne Frank, Maus by Art Spiegelman, and other lesser known works. Exploration of the strategies used by authors of Holocaust narratives to depict a subject matter that has long been considered impossible, and to some extent, unethical to render in a work of art.

JWST 381 Introduction to Hebrew Cultural Studies (3) Prerequisite: HEBR314; or permission of instructor. Restriction: Must not have completed HEBR381. Also offered as: HEBR381. Credit only granted for: HEBR381 or JWST381. Critical study of Israeli culture with special emphasis or literature film, and art as sites of struggle over political and social meaning during times of cultural transformation in Israel. Topics will focus on the historical development of Israeli identity and gender, in particular within the military and Zionist youth movements. Taught in Hebrew.

JWST 382 Israeli Media (3) Prerequisite: HEBR314; or permission of instructor. Restriction: Must not have completed HEBR382. Also offered as: HEBR382. Credit only granted for: HEBR382 or JWST382. Examines various media genres in Israeli today: print news, magazines, television and radio news, print and video advertising, the internet, popular music on CD and the radio, video art and film and the self-representation of Israeli society and the interaction between media and society and culture. Taught in Hebrew.

JWST 386 Experiential Learning in Jewish Studies (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. The Jewish Studies Program's internship program. Pre-professional experience in research, analysis, and writing related to Jewish Studies in a variety of work settings.

JWST 408 Honors Seminar in Jewish Studies (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. An in-depth exploration of a theme in Jewish history, literature, culture or thought. Course subject and readings will vary from year to year, but will generally cut across periods, locations, or disciplines. Students are expected to engage the course material critically and to use the seminar as an opportunity to develop an independent research agenda.

JWST 409 Research Seminar in Jewish Studies (3-4) Prerequisite: Must have completed two upper-level courses in an appropriate area of Jewish Studies; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Formerly: JWST309. A capstone course for Jewish Studies. Guides students through advanced source material and subject matter, research skills, and presentation techniques. A substantive paper based on independent research and analysis is one expected outcome.

JWST 419 Special Topics in Jewish Studies (3) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

JWST 429 Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies (3-4) Repeatable to 12 credits if content differs. Special topics at an advanced level for Jewish Studies. Primarily intended for majors and graduate students.

JWST 430 Dead Sea Scrolls (3) Prerequisite: Must have completed one JWST course or one RELS course; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Also offered as: RELS430. Credit only granted for: JWST429Q, JWST430, RELS419Q,or RELS430. Formerly: JWST429Q. A study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in their ancient and modern settings, and in terms of contemporary scholarly interpretations of their meaning. Interpretations of the historical significance of these documents, their connections to ancient Jewish sectarian movements, and their implications for our understanding of Judaism, Christianity, and the history of the Bible.

JWST 432 Jews in Medieval Times 1000-1450 (3) Recommended: HIST282, JWST234, HIST330, or HIST331. Also offered as: HIST476. Credit only granted for: HIST419R, HIST476, or JWST432. Formerly: JWST429M. Social and cultural life of Jewish communities spread throughout Islam and Christendom. Major topics include the Gaonate; kehila organization; legal, rationalist, and mystical thought; and the context of rising animosity linked to the Crusades and changing Church doctrines.

JWST 451 Issues in Jewish Ethics and Law (3) Prerequisite: Must have completed 3 credits in philosophy or Jewish studies (excluding Hebrew language); or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Credit only granted for: JWST451, or PHIL433. Philosophical and meta-legal questions concerning the nature of Jewish law and its relation to morality.

JWST 452 The Golden Age of Jewish Philosophy (3) Prerequisite: 3 credits in PHIL courses; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Restriction: Must not have completed PHIL417. Also offered as: PHIL417. Credit only granted for: JWST452 or PHIL417. Jewish philosophy from Maimonides in the 12th Century to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain at the end of the 15th Century. Topics include the limitations of human knowledge, creation of the world, foreknowledge and free will, and the existence of God.

JWST 453 Philosophy of Spinoza (3) Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Restriction: Must not have completed PHIL424. Also offered as: PHIL424. Credit only granted for: JWST453 or PHIL424. An investigation of the metaphysical, ethical, and political thought of the 17th century philosopher Benedict Spinoza.

JWST 459 Readings in Medieval Hebrew (3-4) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Credit only granted for: JWST459 or JWST466. Formerly: JWST466. Readings and analysis of Hebrew texts and literature from the Middle Ages. Language of instruction in English; all texts in Hebrew.

JWST 468 Readings in the Hebrew Bible (3-4) Prerequisite: HEBR313; or permission of instructor. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Formerly: HEBR441 and HEBR442. Readings in the Hebrew text of the Bible. Emphasis in close reading, grammar analysis, and modern interpretations of the Bible. Language of instruction English; all texts in Hebrew.

JWST 469 Readings in Rabbinic Hebrew (3-4) Prerequisite: HEBR313; or permission of instructor. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Readings in classical rabbinic texts and related corpora. Emphasis on grammar and reading skills as well as critical analysis of the material. Language of instruction: English; all texts in original language.

JWST 471 Modern Hebrew Literature in Translation (3) An exploration of modern Hebrew prose, poetry, and literary essays written from the 1880s through the present in Europe, Palestine, and Israel. An investigation of the challenges confronting authors such as Mendele Mokher Sforim, Avraham Mapu, Chaim Nahman Bialik, Dvorah Baron, S.Y. Agnon, and David Fogel as they tried to create a contemporary secular literature out of an ancient sacred language. All texts in English translation.

JWST 478 Readings in Modern Hebrew (3) Prerequisite: HEBR313; or permission of instructor. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Repeatable to 12 credits if content differs. Variable topics in Modern Hebrew Literature.

JWST 491 Judaism and the Construction of Gender (3) Prerequisite: 1 course in JWST; or 1 course in LGBT; or 1 course in WMST. Also offered as: WMST491. Credit only granted for: JWST419X, JWST491, or WMST491. Formerly: JWST419X. The study of Jewish culture, religious practice, communal authority, and literature through the frame of such critical categories of analysis as gender, sexuality, masculinity, power, ethics, and the feminine.

JWST 492 Sex, Gender, & Jewish Identity (3) Prerequisite: 1 course in WMST; or 1 course in JWST; or 1 course in LGBT; or permission of instructor. Credit only granted for: JWST492, JWST409G, JWST419W, LGB 448J, or WMST498W. Formerly: JWST409G and JWST419W. An exploration of Jewish embodiment, including dynamics related to biological sex, culturally-framed gender, and sexuality. Topics of discussion may include transgender and intersex Jews, stereotypes and gender performance, modesty, genetics, and body alteration. Focus is on contemporary Jewish culture, framed within the larger historical and textual tradition.

JWST 498 Advanced Language Module for Jewish Studies (1-3) Prerequisite: HEBR212 or JWST282; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. A supplementary language module for students enrolled in designated Jewish Studies classes. Language of instruction English, texts in original language.

JWST 499 Independent Study in Jewish Studies (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

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