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No prerequisites required.
Course Description and Credit Hours
A study of some of the leading schools and interpreters of Judaism and a review of modern developments including the Holocaust and the State of Israel.
This Core course introduces Judaism and examines its history, philosophy, theology, holiday/festival and life cycles, as well as contemporary experiences including the Holocaust and the rebirth of the state of Israel. HU
Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
- JACOBS / JEWISH EXPERIENCE (Required)
- ROSENFELD / WHAT IFS OF JEWISH HISTORY (Required)
- KIRSCH, ADAM / THE PEOPLE AND THE BOOKS:18 CLASSICS OF JEWISH LITERATURE (Required)
1. To introduce students to the multi-dimensional world of the Jews and Judaism through a look at their historical and contemporary experiences, their thought world of texts, philosophy and theology, and their practices of holiday and life-cycle celebrations.
2. To contemporize the Judaic experience by examining those influences which mark the present moment in Jewish history: the influence of both the Holocaust/Shoah and the ongoing Arab/Palestinian-Israel/Middle East Conflict.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will be able to successfully--with a passing grade of 70 or better--the "Jewish Literacy Survey" given at the beginning and end of the course--in addition to a take-home-essay-style Final Examination concretely demonstrating knowledge of the areas of Judaism covered in this course.
2. Students will demonstrate their writing proficiency through two (2) additional assignments of 5-7 pages and a 7-10 pages, the result of (a) a Creative Project on "What if...", a Research Paper, and/or a Creative Project.
Other Course Materials
Possible additional handouts provided by the instructor. See also additional Blackboard Course Page for additional readings, etc.
Outline of Topics
1. The Nature of Jewish/Judaic Studies.
2. Unpacking a Definition.
3. Cycles of History
4. Cycles of Texts: Building the Foundations
5. Cycles of Thought: Judaic Philosophy
6. Cycles of Belief: Judaic Theology
7. Cycles of Time: the Jewish Calendar
8. Cycles of Life: The Life-Cycle Journey
9. Cycles of the Here and Now: The 21st Century and Beyond
10. The Future of Judaism and the Jewish People.
Exams and Assignments
See Class Itinerary for Assignments and Exams.
The Grading Scale is as follows: A+ = 99...; A = 94-98; A- = 90-93; B+ = 88-89; B = 84-87; B- = 80-83; C+ = 78-79; C = 74-77; C- = 70-73; D+ = 68-69; D = 64-67; D- = 60-63; F+ = 58-59; F = 54-57; F- = 50-53
25% = "What if..." Paper
50% = Research Paper or Creative Project
25% = Final Exam
Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
All missed responsibilities will be worked out on an individual basis with the instructor.
Attendance is required unless otherwise noted on the Calendar of Meetings.
Notification of Changes
The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.
Statement on Academic Misconduct
Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Code of Academic Conduct provided in the Online Catalog.
Statement On Disability Accommodations
Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.
Severe Weather Protocol
Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.
Pregnant Student Accommodations
Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.
Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.
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