UVa Course Catalog (Unofficial, Lou's List)
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German in Translation
GETR 3372German Jewish Culture and History (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
This course provides a wide-ranging exploration of the culture, history and thought of German Jewry from 1750 to 1939. It focuses on the Jewish response to modernity in Central Europe and the lasting transformations in Jewish life in Europe and later North America. Readings of such figures as: Moses Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine, Rahel Varnhagen, Franz Kafka, Gershom Scholem, Martin Buber, Karl Marx, Rosa Luxembourg, Walter Benjamin, and Freud.
Hebrew
HEBR 1010Introduction to Modern Hebrew I (4)
Offered
Fall 2020
An introduction to the pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and writing system of modern Israeli Hebrew. By the end of this sequence students have mastered the core grammatical principles of Hebrew, along with a basic vocabulary of 1000 words, and they are able to read and understand simple texts and carry out simple conversation. Includes material on Israeli culture, history, and politics.
HEBR 2010Intermediate Modern Hebrew (4)
Offered
Fall 2020
Continuation of the study of the fundamentals of grammar, with special attention to verb conjugation, noun declension, and syntactic structure, and their occurrence in texts which deal with modern Israeli culture and values. These texts, which include excerpts from newspapers and fiction, introduce 600 new words and expose the learner to political and other issues of modern Israel. Prerequisite: HEBR 1020 with grade of C or above, or instructor permission.
HEBR 3010Advanced Modern Hebrew I (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
This course focuses on the conjugation of weak, or hollow verbs, and the passive of all conjugations. It also continues the study of subordinate clauses with special attention to adverbial clauses and their use. Texts for the course, which form the basis for class discussion in Hebrew and exercises in Hebrew composition, are drawn from various genres. Prerequisite: HEBR 2020 or equivalent, or instructor permission.
History-European History
HIEU 3372German Jewish Culture and History (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
This course provides a wide-ranging exploration of the culture and history of German Jewry from 1750 to 1939. It focuses on the Jewish response to modernity in Central Europe and the lasting transformations in Jewish life in Europe and later North America. Readings of such figures as: Moses Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine, Rahel Varnhagen, Franz Kafka, Gershom Scholem, Martin Buber, Karl Marx, Rosa Luxembourg, Walter Benjamin, and Sigmund Freud.
History-United States History
HIUS 3191American Jewish History (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
This course examines the 350-year history of the Jewish people in colonial North American and the United States. It surveys the social, religious, cultural, and political life of Jews and the comparative dimension with other minority groups and Jewish communities across the world.
Course was offered Summer 2020
Jewish Studies
JWST 1559New Course in Jewish Studies (3)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Jewish Studies
JWST 2130Introduction to Jewish Musical Traditions (3)
This course is an introduction to sacred and secular Jewish musical traditions. Texts include books and articles that draw on ethnomusicology, musicology, folklore, anthropology, sociology, Jewish studies, history and other fields. The course uses case studies to concentrate on developments in these traditions since the middle of the 19th century, focusing the three main groupings of Ashkenazic, Sephardic and Mizrakhi Jewry.
JWST 2559New Course in Jewish Studies (3)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Jewish Studies
JWST 3559New Course in Jewish Studies (1 - 4)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of Jewish Studies.
JWST 3705The Jewish Experience in Europe: Vienna and Budapest (3)
This course will explore Jewish history, culture and everyday life in Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. It will consist of introductory lectures, site visits, guest speakers, and student presentations. The course is designed to be 12-day term with primary locations in Graz, Vienna, and Budapest.
JWST 4559New Course in Jewish Studies (1 - 4)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of Jewish Studies.
JWST 4950Senior Majors Seminar in Jewish Studies (3)
This course introduces and examines the origins and development of Jewish Studies with emphasis on its interdisciplinary character. Requirements include active class participation and a significant research paper based on a topic of the student's choice. This course is required of all fourth-year Jewish Studies majors. It is also open to all interested students with permission of the instructor.
JWST 4970Supervised Research (3)
Supervised Research
JWST 4980Supervised Research (3)
This course offers students to conduct independent study in Jewish Studies under the supervision of a professor in Jewish Studies.
JWST 4998Distinguished Majors Seminar Thesis I (0)
Thesis, directed by a member of the department, focusing on a specific problem in Jewish Studies. The thesis is based in part on at least three hours of directed reading in the field of the thesis. Prerequisite: Selection by faculty for Distinguished Major Program.
JWST 4999Distinguished Majors Seminar Thesis II (6)
Thesis, directed by a member of the department, focusing on a specific problem in Jewish Studies. The thesis is based in part on at least three hours of directed reading in the field of the thesis. Prerequisite: Selection by faculty for Distinguished Major Program and JWST 4998.
JWST 5100Theology and Ethics of the Rabbis (3)
This course explores theological and ethical themes in classical rabbinic literature (c. 200-600 CE). Focus is on gaining fluency in textual and conceptual analysis. Questions examined include: How is the relationship between God, humans generally and the people Israel specifically, imagined? What is evil and how is it best managed? What is the nature of one's obligation to fellow human beings? How does one cultivate an ideal self?
Course was offered Fall 2015
JWST 5291The Book of Genesis and Its Interpretation (3)
A seminar on the book of Genesis (with attention to its literary artistry, compositional history, and theological issues) and its subsequent interpretation.
Course was offered Fall 2015
JWST 5292The Book of Job & Its Interpretation (3)
A seminar on the biblical book of Job (with attention to its literary artistry and compositional history) and its subsequent interpretation.
Course was offered Spring 2015
JWST 5385The Song of Songs (3)
A seminar on the biblical Song of Songs (with attention to its literary artistry and compositional history) and its subsequent interpretation.
Course was offered Spring 2017
JWST 5559New Course in Jewish Studies (3)
This interdisciplinary course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in Jewish Studies at the graduate level.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2015
JWST 8500Topics for Supervised Study and Research (1 - 6)
This topical course provides Master's and Doctoral students an opportunity for advanced coursework in selected, established areas of the Jewish Studies curriculum.
Religion-Christianity
RELC 1210Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
Studies the history, literature, and religion of ancient Israel in the light of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Emphasizes methods of contemporary biblical criticism. Cross listed as RELJ 1210.
RELC 3090Israelite Prophecy (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
This course examines the phenomenon of prophecy in ancient Israel. We will read in translation most of the stories from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament about prophets (Moses, Deborah, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha), as well as the books attributed to prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and The Twelve). Each primary text will be considered in its historical, cultural, and political contexts.
Religion-Judaism
RELJ 1210Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
Studies the history, literature, and religion of ancient Israel in the light of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Emphasizes methods of contemporary biblical criticism. Cross listed as RELC 1210.
RELJ 1410Elementary Biblical Hebrew I (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
First half of a year-long introduction to biblical Hebrew, using an innovative language-learning approach. Through communicative activities in an immersive environment, students acquire oral and aural capacities naturally, in Hebrew. These capacities enable students to internalize the language and thus achieve the overall course goal: read simple biblical Hebrew prose with immediate comprehension. Students begin reading Jonah by semester's end.
RELJ 2410Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
Readings in the prose narratives of the Hebrew Bible. Emphasizes grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. Attention to issues of translation and interpretation. Prerequisite: HEBR/RELJ 1420 or the equivalent.
RELJ 3052Responses to the Holocaust (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
Responses to the Holocaust
RELJ 3090Israelite Prophecy (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
This course examines the phenomenon of prophecy in ancient Israel. We will read in translation most of the stories from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament about prophets (Moses, Deborah, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha), as well as the books attributed to prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and The Twelve). Each primary text will be considered in its historical, cultural, and political contexts.
RELJ 3170Modern Jewish Thought (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
This course offers an introduction into the major themes of Modern Jewish Thought.
RELJ 3320Judaism: Medicine and Healing (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
Judaism: Medicine and Healing
RELJ 3372German Jewish Culture and History (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
This course provides a wide-ranging exploration of the culture, history & thought of German Jewry from 1750 to 1939. It focuses on the Jewish response to modernity in Central Europe and the lasting transformations in Jewish life in Europe and later North America. Readings of such figures as: Moses Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine, Rahel Varnhagen, Franz Kafka, Gershom Scholem, Martin Buber, Karl Marx, Rosa Luxembourg, Walter Benjamin, and Freud.
RELJ 3390Jewish Feminism (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
Jewish Feminism
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
RELJ 5100Theology and Ethics of the Rabbis (3)
Offered
Fall 2020
This course explores theological and ethical themes in classical rabbinic literature (c. 200-600 CE). Focus is on gaining fluency in textual and conceptual analysis. Questions examined include: How is the relationship between God, humans generally and the people Israel specifically, imagined? What is evil and how is it best managed? What is the nature of one's obligation to fellow human beings? How does one cultivate an ideal self?
Course was offered Fall 2018, Fall 2015