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Hebrew and Judaic Studies Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Spring 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
HEBR B002-001 Elementary Hebrew Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Thomas Hall 251 Amitai,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH Thomas Hall 251
HEBR B283-001 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 2 Green,D.

Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
HEBR B002-001 Elementary Hebrew Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Thomas Hall 251 Dept. staff, TBA
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH Thomas Hall 251

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
HEBR B002-001 Elementary Hebrew Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Thomas Hall 251 Dept. staff, TBA
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH Thomas Hall 251
HEBR B283-001 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Dalton Hall 119 Dept. staff, TBA

2014-15 Catalog Data

HEBR B001 Elementary Hebrew Not offered 2014-15 This year-long course prepares students for reading Modern Hebrew literary works as well as classical religious texts. It will provide the students with the knowledge of the Hebrew letters, its diacritical system, grammar and syntax. It aims to equip them with the skills of reading, writing, and conversing in Modern Hebrew as well as increasing their vocabulary. To achieve these goals the course will utilize a variety of means: textbooks, supplementary printed material, Hebrew poems and songs as well as Hebrew video dramatizations. Language Level 1

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HEBR B002 Elementary Hebrew Fall 2014, Spring 2015 This year-long course prepares students for reading Modern Hebrew literary works as well as classical religious texts. It will provide the students with the knowledge of the Hebrew letters, its diacritical system, grammar and syntax. It aims to equip them with the skills of reading, writing, and conversing in Modern Hebrew as well as increasing their vocabulary. To achieve these goals the course will utilize a variety of means: textbooks, supplementary printed material, Hebrew poems and songs as well as Hebrew video dramatizations. Language Level 1 Course does not meet an Approach

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HEBR B101 Intermediate Hebrew Not offered 2014-15 The course is designed for students who took the Elementary Hebrew course in Bryn Mawr or its equivalents in other institutions, assuming basic fluency in reading, writing, grammar, syntax, and conversation in Hebrew. It expands the knowledge of the above, while emphasizing reading, writing, and class discussions of modern literary works as well as some classical religious texts. It integrates textbooks' material with Hebrew videos and films, short stories and songs. Students who feel qualified to take this course, but have not taken Elementary Hebrew at Bryn Mawr, are encouraged to discuss it with the instructor. This is a year-long course. Language Level 2

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HEBR B102 Intermediate Hebrew Not offered 2014-15 The course is designed for students who took the Elementary Hebrew course in Bryn Mawr or its equivalents in other institutions, assuming basic fluency in reading, writing, grammar, syntax, and conversation in Hebrew. It expands the knowledge of the above, while emphasizing reading, writing, and class discussions of modern literary works as well as some classical religious texts. It integrates textbooks' material with Hebrew videos and films, short stories and songs. Students who feel qualified to take this course, but have not taken Elementary Hebrew at Bryn Mawr, are encouraged to discuss it with the instructor. This is a year-long course. Language Level 2

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HEBR B115 Women in Judaism: History, Texts, Practices Not offered 2014-15 This course will investigate the varied experiences of women in Jewish history. Cultural, religious, and theoretical perspectives will be engaged as we seek to illuminate the roles, practices, and texts of Jewish women, from the biblical matriarchs to Hasidic teenagers today. No previous knowledge of Judaism is required. Division III: Humanities Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as HIST B115 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HEBR B211 Primo Levi, the Holocaust and Its Aftermath Not offered 2014-15 A consideration, through analysis and appreciation of his major works, of how the horrific experience of the Holocaust awakened in Primo Levi a growing awareness of his Jewish heritage and led him to become one of the dominant voices of that tragic historical event, as well as one of the most original new literary figures of post-World War II Italy. Always in relation to Levi and his works, attention will also be given to other Italian women writers whose works are also connected with the Holocaust. Division III: Humanities Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Cross-listed as ITAL B211 Cross-listed as COML B211

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HEBR B271 Topics in Judaic Studies Not offered 2014-15 What happened in Jewish history between antiquity and the modern era, between composing the Talmud and receiving citizenship in European nations? As we try to understand how Jews got from there to here, this seminar will explore the diverse and sometimes astonishing forms of Jewish life in the medieval and early modern periods (approximately 1000-1800), with special focus on the evolution of Jewish relations with the majority culture. Topics will include the golden age of Jewry in Muslim Spain, the development of European anti-Jewish policies and persecutions, Jewish self-government, and cosmopolitanism, as well as many of the philosophers, mystics and would-be messiahs who sparked religious movements and change in the course of these tumultuous centuries. Cross-listed as HIST B273 Counts toward Middle East Studies

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HEBR B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Spring 2015 This course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the region, using works of history, political science, political economy, film, and fiction as well as primary sources. The course will concern itself with three broad areas: the legacy of colonialism and the importance of international forces; the role of Islam in politics; and the political and social effects of particular economic conditions, policies, and practices. Division I: Social Science Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Cross-listed as POLS B283 Cross-listed as HIST B283 Counts toward Middle East Studies

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HEBR B403 Supervised Work

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