JUDAIC 205 - Introduction to Jewish Civilizations and Culture
Fall 2011, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in JUDAIC 505 or HJCS 576.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


This course is a sweeping overview of Jewish civilization, from its ancient Near Eastern roots to its various expressions in the contemporary world. We will focus on developments within Jewish religious culture and political and social organization that united the Jewish people historically. At the same time, we will pay close attention to the diversity of expression of the Jewish people that reflects regional and gender differences, rational and mystical modes of expression, dissent and sectarian developments.

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on attendance and participation in section, a midterm, a final, and a creative project.

Intended Audience:

No prerequisites.

Class Format:

The Introduction to Jewish Civilization is taught by an interdisciplinary team: the primary instructor provides the general framework in introductory lectures for each unit and U-M specialists in Judaic Studies offer guest lectures on a range of topics pertaining to Jewish history, religion, and culture. Discussion sessions provide the opportunity for direct contact with primary sources and for conversation.


JUDAIC 205 - Introduction to Jewish Civilizations and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
9/6/11 - 12/13/11
002 (DIS)
 In Person
M 2:00PM - 3:00PM
9/6/11 - 12/13/11
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
9/6/11 - 12/13/11

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