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Fall '00 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (Division 389)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

Open courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies

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HJCS 401. Hebrew of the Communications Media, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Edna Coffin (eacoffin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 202. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~proflame/class/index2.htm

The social genre of the communications media (newspaper and television) serves as the basis for discussion of current events, readings, and writing tasks. Unedited newspaper selections and television news broadcasts provide the basis for classroom activities. Special projects, in the form of debates and individual presentations, constitute an important part of the course activities, and are designed to enhance speech and communication. The final grade is based on class activities, students' presentations, written assignments, and two examinations: midterm and final. Class discussions and activities are exclusively in Hebrew.

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HJCS 471. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, I.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Edna Coffin (eacoffin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: HJCS 302. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course offers students the opportunity to read a wide range of unabridged literary texts from a variety of genres children's literature, poetry, drama, short stories, journalism. Students will acquire the vocabulary necessary for analysis of the texts. The course will be run on a seminar basis with student participation comprising an important component. There will be short assignments in which students will work on improving their written and oral communication skills. The course will incorporate other communications media, and guest lecturers. An advanced knowledge of Hebrew required (completion of Hebrew 302 or Hebrew 402 or equivalent).

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HJCS 478/Judaic Studies 468/Rel. 469. Jewish Mysticism.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elliot Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A study of the historical development of Jewish mysticism, its symbolic universe, meditational practices, and social ramifications. While we will survey mystical traditions from the late second Temple period through modernity, the central focus will be on the rich medieval stream known as kabbalah. Among the issues to be explored are:

  • the nature of mystical experience;
  • images of God, world, and Person;
  • sexual and gender symbolism (images of the male and female);
  • the problem of evil;
  • mysticism, language, and silence;
  • mysticism and the law;
  • mysticism and community;
  • meditative and ecstatic practices (ranging from visualization to chant, letter combination, and modulated breathing);
  • kabbalistic myth and ritual innovation;
  • and kabbalistic interpretations of history.
  • Modern interpretations of mysticism will also be considered.

Readings for the course consist of secondary sources from the history of Judaism and comparative religion, and selected primary texts (in translation). Requirements include two exams and a research paper. Class lectures will be supplemented by discussion, comtemplative exercises, and on occasion, music and other media.

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HJCS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Senior Honors thesis is for students who have been approved by the Near Eastern Studies concentration advisor, Honors advisor, and the LS&A Honors Council. The length of the thesis may vary, but 50-60 pages is common. Two advisors should be chosen. The principal advisor is a member of the faculty in whose field of expertise the thesis topic lies, and he or she oversees the student's research and the direction taken by the thesis.

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HJCS 576/Judaic Studies 505. Introduction to Jewish Civilizations and Culture.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Meets with HJCS 276.001.

Instructor(s): Gabrielle Boccaccini (gbocca@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Judaic Studies 505.001.

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HJCS 577/Judaic Studies 467/Rel. 471. Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Section 001 The Year as Spiritual Practice: Models of Sacred Time in Jewish Mysticism. Reading knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course.

Instructor(s): Elliot Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3).May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In Jewish (mystical) tradition, the round of the year paces out a comprehensive devotional path, both a world-view and a spiritual practice. In this course, we will explore the yearly cycles of time as expressed in Hasidic mysticism: especially the Bnei Yissaschar, but also the Sefat Emet, the Icbiczer and Slonimer, and that latter day mystic, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. These primary (Hebrew language) texts will be supplemented by English-language readings from the history and philosophy of religions, from Judaism (Schooem, Heschel, and Rosenzweig) and from the anthropology of time. This course will be conducted as a seminar: it calls for both intellectual rigor and engagement, to understand Judaism not only as an "argument" but as "deep song." Reading knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course. Short essays, term paper or project.

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HJCS 798. Directed Graduate Readings.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided

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HJCS 990. Dissertation Research Precandidate.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Election for dissertation work by doctoral candidate not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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HJCS 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate standing. (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Fall Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this class.

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HJCS 995. Dissertation Research.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate School autorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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