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 REL Prerequisite: PSYC or equivalent. Themes and literary genres in the Bible, emphasizing content important in Western culture. Examination of archaeological evidence, especially from Syria-Palestine, and discussion of its use in the interpretation of Biblical literature.
Introduction to classic writers and texts in Western religious and social thought from antiquity to the Enlightenment, with emphasis on their social and historical contexts. 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.
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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 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.
The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program
Same as HIST 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Examination of two or three of the most important practices, beliefs, icons, texts, myths, and spiritual encounters that have and continue to shape Judaism as a religion. Study of Israelite and Jewish thought from the biblical to modern period. Particular attention will be paid to theological matters and to the historical, cultural and intellectual challenges that engendered a re-thinking and re-conceptualization of the Jewish faith.
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. 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 interdisciplinary seminar examines the social determinants of US racial and ethnic health inequalities through the lens of im migration. Topics to be addressed include: conceptualizations of race and ethnicity, immigrant-adaptation theories, discrimination, place, and the intersections of race, ethnicity, poverty, immigration, gender and health. Sociological and social-psychological analysis of minority groups; illustrative material drawn from representative racial, ethnic, and status groups.
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Introduction to the analysis of culture as concept, practice and representation, including consideration of the debates that the idea of culture has provoked in different contexts. Provides analytical and methodological tools to discuss a full range of cultural forms. Special emphasis on issues of culture and representation, as well as on the notion of cultural difference s. The theoretical and critical texts studies will represent diverse geographical and cultural locations. Examples and discussion will emphasize cultural issues in the context of Spain, Latin America and U.
This course is taught in Spanish. Course develops basic conversational and reading skills as well as the essentials of Yiddish grammar. Continuation of YDSH Develops more advanced conversational, comprehension, reading and writing skills as well as introducing more advanced features of Yiddish grammar. Skip to main content. Menu Admissions. Why Study Jewish Studies?
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Course Listing. Anthropology ANTH - 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. Communication CMN - 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.
Comparative Literature CWL - 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. CWL - 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. CWL - Borders Our world is filled with borders.
Educational Policy Studies EPS - 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.
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Global Studies GLBL - Intro to Global Studies Foundation course for understanding a range of contemporary issues and learning to analyze them from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Diplomacy and Negotiation Examines the complexities of international diplomacy and negotiations among states and other actors.
HEBR - 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. HIST - 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.
JS - Grad intro to Jewish Culture Interdisciplinary graduate-level introduction to the study of Jewish culture and society. Topics vary. May be repeated in the same or subsequent semesters to a maximum of 12 hours. Psychology PSYC - Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination Examines the psychological causes and social consequences of prejudice and discrimination in society.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Advanced Composition REL - 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.
It explores more broadly how French identity is defined through the abstraction and allegorization of the Jew and examines the role anti-antisemitic intellectuals play in this process. Jonathan Judaken reconsiders the origins of the intellectual in France in the context of the Dreyfus affair and Sartre's interventions in the parallel Franco-French conflicts in the s and during the Vichy regime. He considers what it was possible to say on behalf of Jews and Judaism during the German occupation, Sartre's contribution after the war to the Vichy syndrome, his positions on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the ways Sartre's reflections on the Jewish Question served as a template for his shift toward Marxism, his resistance to colonialism, and for the defining of debates about Jews and Judaism in postwar France by both Jewish and non-Jewish intellectuals.