Judaism(s): Religion, Power, and Identity in Jewish History|
|Certificates: International Relations, Jewish and Israel Studies|
This course will offer students an historical overview of the development of Judaism. While following the shift from tribal society, to monotheistic monarchy, to text and community-based diaspora, students will get to read primary historical texts from great Jewish thinkers and writers, as well as texts written about Jews by non-Jews. The course will engage students with a variety of critical issues including race, gender, power, and politics. It will ask them to look both locally and globally at the various ways in which Judaism is expressed and to think about the plurality of Jewish identities.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(CGST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Michael Brenner, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE JEWS
William Shakespeare, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Karen Brodkin, HOW JEWS BECAME WHITE FOLKS
Selections from Mordecai Kaplan, JUDAISM AS A CIVILIZATION
Selections from Rachel Adler, ENGENDERING JUDAISM
Selections from Abraham Joshua Heschel, various
|Examinations and Assignments: |
The course will consist of weekly reflection papers, 3 short 2-3 page papers, and a final 8-10 page research paper and project. Students will have the option to revise and resubmit their short papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Historical Traditions" requirement for the Religion Department major.
|Instructor(s): Caplan,Jennifer Ann Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: RSCSEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 1||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 5||FR: 6|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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