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HJCS 296/Judaic Studies 296/Rel. 296. Perspectives on the Holocaust.
Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).
Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).
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As "an event at the limits," the Holocaust has forced us to reconsider comfortable assumptions about human nature and modernity. In this course, we will explore questions concerning the perpetrators' motivations, the victims' responses, and the functions of post-Holocaust remembrances. Our overarching questions will be: How to understand? How to live after? And how best to remember? The course consists of two parts: "history" and "memory." The first half is devoted to antecedents (antisemitism, the rise of Nazism), and most importantly, to the war years, focusing especially on (in)human behavior during the Holocaust; in the second half of the course, we will discuss its aftermath, in particular issues of testimony, representation and memorialization. We will rely on a variety of sources in our exploration – history, fiction, film, poetry, music, art, survivors' live testimonies. Requirements: class participation, frequent short response papers, midterm, take-home final.
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HJCS 291. Topics in Hebrew and Judaic Cultural Studies.
Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).
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This course is a study of Jewish politics over time and in our contemporary world. The course addresses the question of how the Jews have maintained a political existence over the centuries in the face of internal discord, external repression, and the adverse effects of socioeconomic processes. Examples of Jewish political life in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, and the USA will illustrate how Jews have organized their communal life in the ancient, medieval and modern times, and will serve as grounds for discussion of the Jewish political responses to internal and external crises. Topics include the emergence of modern Jewish politics, Jewish socialism, Zionism, the Holocaust, American Jewish politics, Israel-Diaspora relations, and contemporary world Jewish politics. The Jewish political experience provides a unique opportunity to discuss the relationship between politics, religion and ethnicity, and serves as a fascinating case study in comparative politics. The course will, therefore, utilize theoretical approaches in the social sciences in general, and political science in particular, to question and explain the phenomenon of Jewish political behavior. Reading material focuses mainly on the Middle East, Europe and Russia, and the USA, but lectures will incorporate the experiences of Jewish communities in Latin America, Africa, and the Far East. Course requirements are a midterm, final examination, and a 15-page term research paper that focuses on a particular Jewish community and/or political topic.
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Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
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