Judiac Studies

Courses

JUDA 117 Introduction to World Religions 3.0 Credits

This course is meant to be a foundational course for the minor in religious studies. It introduces students to the world religions from an anthropological perspective. Hence the basic concerns of an anthropological approach – worldview, ritual, myth, and so forth – are introduced early and applied to each of the religions studied.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 201 Jewish Literature and Civilization 3.0 Credits

This course explores the origins of the Jewish people and their core narratives and beliefs that have become the foundations of Jewish civilization and religion, introducing the first five books of the Torah, the Jewish Bible and analyzing its influence. Major events of the Jewish lifecycle and calendar are examined.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 202 Jewish Life and Culture in the Middle Ages 4.0 Credits

This course is an introductory survey of the history of the Jewish people, their civilization, religion and contacts with other cultures in medieval times. Topics will include the rise of Christianity and Islam, the Talmud, Jewish mysticism and the growth of Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 203 Modern Jewish History 4.0 Credits

This course is an exploration of the social, cultural, political and religious forces that have shaped Jewry the world over from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Topics will include Emancipation and Enlightenment, modern religious movements, socialism, Hebrew and Yiddish literature, the Holocaust, Zionism and the state of Israel.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 211 American Jewish Experience 3.0 Credits

The course explores communal organization of Jews in America from colonial times until today. Topics include westward expansion, urban neighborhoods, American Jewish religion and culture, and Jewish contributions to American culture. The study of this ethno-religious group elucidates historical issues, such as the immigration legacy, minority rights, discrimination, and intermarriage.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 212 [WI] Contemporary Jewish Life 3.0 Credits

The course will analyze Jewish social, cultural, and religious activities since the 1970s through four ethnographic community studies and documentary films, aiming to understand the meaning that Jews derive from their beliefs, rituals, and institutions. We will stress identity development over the lifespan and historical issues since the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 213 Jewish Cultural Tapestry 3.0 Credits

The course examines the different customs and traditions of Jews in various parts of the world throughout history. How do minorities develop and maintain their group identity? How have the Jews evolved both diversity and uniformity of practice and ideology? The focus will be on the geography and history of folk traditions: language, religious practice, foodways, dress, and music. The class will examine the phenomenon of diaspora, the dispersion of a people from its homeland, and will analyze the shared religious culture and the parallel, local specific culture.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 214 Language and Cultural Diversity in the USA 3.0 Credits

Starting with research on communication patterns of men and women, moving on to the language diversity of African Americans, and then emphasizing the cultural production of various immigrant groups, the predominance of a rich array of languages and cultures will be shown to pertain to most periods of American history. The Yiddish language-based immigrant culture of American Jews will be treated as a case study, dwelling on the rich Yiddish literature created, as well as language-based cultural institutions, such as the press, theater, radio, klezmer music, and film.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 215 Reconstructing History After Genocide 3.0 Credits

The course explores educational restitution to peoples who are victims of genocide. After conceptualizing the world’s responsibility to maintain its cultures and help victims of genocide to recover their history, the class will compare educational efforts to document life before the destruction in places such as Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia and among Native Americans. Our main focus will be the politics of teaching about Polish Jewry, the largest community of Jews before WW II that was destroyed by the Nazis in the Holocaust. Students will evaluate sources that describe Jewish life in one city, Lublin, Poland.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 216 Yiddish Literature & Culture 3.0 Credits

The course describes the major Jewish culture during the past thousand years. In a lively course stressing the arts and everyday family life, students will be introduced to the multi-faceted Yiddish language and culture. Through study and meetings with community members, students learn how Yiddish both reflects and gives meaning to life. Texts will include English translations of proverbs, folktales, folksongs, prayers, epics, personal diaries, memoirs, drama, films, memorial literature, modern fiction and poetry.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 221 Anthropology of Interfaith Relations 3.0 Credits

This course is meant to be an elective for anthropology and for the Certificate in Interfaith and Religious Studies. It aims to introduce students to how anthropological and ethnographic analyses can help us understand the variety of ways in which people of different faiths both conflict with and work amicably together.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 222 Comparative Religious Ethics 3.0 Credits

The eternal teaching of the different religions and how they address such issues as war, sexuality and economics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 223 Coexistence and Conflict: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Early Mediterranean 4.0 Credits

This course investigates the history of interactions among the early Mediterranean's three major monotheistic religious communities: Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The course explores how religious communities understood themselves and each other as well as how and why multi-faith communities sometimes coexisted peacefully, sometimes coexisted tensely, and sometimes exploded into violence.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 224 Judaism and Christianity: Two Religions or One? 3.0 Credits

The relation between Christianity and Judaism is one of the most misunderstood in the history of thought. Christianity is often considered to be diametrically opposed to Judaism, to be a rejection of the Judaic worldview. Indeed, prominent thinkers in the history of Christianity, such as Martin Luther, have reinforced this position. Yet Christianity was originally a development within Judaism, a sect, so to speak, of Judaism. The earliest Christians were Jewish followers of a Jewish leader and conceived of themselves as faithful Jews. So how did the two religions come to be viewed as opposed? Do elements of Judaism remain as part of the foundation of the new faith of Christianity? Where do the two faiths converge and where do they diverge? This course endeavors to answer these important questions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 225 Philosophy of Religion 3.0 Credits

Studies various aspects of religious belief and experience from a philosophical standpoint, considering issues such as the definition and existence of God, the nature and course of evil, and the relationship between faith and reason in a religious life.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

JUDA 280 Special Topics in Judaic Studies 3.0 Credits

In this course, students will explore specific areas not covered in the regularly offered Judaic Studies courses. The course will be taught by teaching faculty members of the Judaic Studies Program, Drexel professors who are members of the Judaic Studies Faculty Committee, or by visiting professors. This is a three-credit elective course for the Louis Stein Judaic Studies Minor. It may also be used as a free elective course for a variety of students.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 9 credits

JUDA 298 Field Work in Judaic Studies 3.0 Credits

In this course, students will do independent fieldwork within a Jewish communal organization in the USA or abroad, or ethnographic or archeological fieldwork. The plan of the work, weekly time commitment, and periodic reports will be agreed upon in advance by the student and Professor Peltz, Director of Judaic Studies, or another Drexel Judaic Studies faculty member. This is a three-credit elective course for the Louis Stein Judaic Studies Minor. It may also be used as a free elective course for a variety of students.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 9 credits

JUDA I199 Independent Study in JUDA 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

JUDA I299 Independent Study in JUDA 3.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 9 credits

JUDA I399 Independent Study in JUDA 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

JUDA I499 Independent Study in JUDA 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

JUDA T180 Special Topics in Judaic Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

JUDA T280 Special Topics in Judaic Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

JUDA T380 Special Topics in Judaic Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

JUDA T480 Special Topics in Judaic Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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