3000 Level Courses

 

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ANTH 3320 6.0A THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF RITUAL AND RELIGION

FACULTY: AP

How major anthropological thinkers seek to explain the variety and complexity of human ritual and symbolic behaviors informs this course. Ethnographic examples and materials on ritual events, religious symbolism, and belief systems will enrich this anthropological perspective. A series of topics will be investigated including shamans, sorcery and witchcraft, specific examples of Asian and European religions and New Age religious movements. After a review of various ways to approach the study of religion within Anthropology with a focus on symbolic theory, the course will concentrate on a number of topics. Some of the areas of interest investigated and developed for extensive discussion include myth, ritual, shamans, sorcery and witchcraft, and religious systems of the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. Students will be encouraged to discuss topics including issues surrounding purity and pollution, gender and religion, religious festivals and performances, and major life concerns like the problem of evil and suffering. Students will be exposed to the anthropological approach to the study of religion through discussions of theories in anthropology and a variety of ethnographic examples. This course will provide the students with grounding in the anthropological approach to the study of religion and expand their knowledge of anthropological techniques and perspectives.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/ANTH 3320 3.0

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


ARB 3000 6.0 ADVANCED MODERN STANDARD ARABIC

This course builds on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills developed in AP/ARB 2000 6.0. Students study passages from different disciplines, present short dialogues, and lead prepared discussions on different topics. This course helps students develop translation skills.

PREREQUISITE: AP/ARB 2000 6.0 or equivalent or permission of department.


CH 3000 6.0 ADVANCED MODERN STANDARD CHINESE

This course entails reading, writing, discussion, use of dictionaries and translation practice. The student should, with the aid of dictionaries, be able to read and translate newspaper articles from the People's Republic, modern fiction and non-specialist articles.

Prerequisite: AP/CH 2000 6.00. Course credit exclusions: None.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Prerequisite: AS/CH 2000 6.00 or AS/CH 2010 6.00. Course credit exclusion: AS/CH 3000 6.00.


HEB 3000 6.0A ADVANCED MODERN HEBREW

FACULTY: AP

In this course students further develop their ability to read, write, speak and comprehend Modern Hebrew. Various aspects of Hebrew grammar will be reviewed. Emphasis is on vocabulary enrichment, and comprehension of Modern Hebrew texts through intensive reading, writing and discussions. Computer Programs will be used for additional practice and review of vocabulary and grammar taught in class. This course is recommended for those who wish to do advanced work in Hebrew or to study in Israel. Classes will be conducted in Hebrew.

PREREQUISITE: AS/ HEB 2000 6.0 or AP/HEB 2000 6.0 (formerly AS/HEB 2010 6.0 or AP/HEB 2010 6.0), or equivalent. Not open to students who have completed Grade 10 in Hebrew or above, or the equivalent, or to native speakers. Placement questionnaire required.

EVALUATION: Written assignments – 20%; quizzes – 15%; first term test – 15%; oral presentation – 10%; class participation – 20%; final examination – 20%.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HEB 3210 3.0A SELECTIONS FROM HEBREW LEGAL-RELIGIOUS TEXTS: READING AND ANALYSIS

FACULTY: AP

This course presents the structure of the core texts of the Jewish legal and religious traditions, using selections from major Hebrew legal codes, response literature and exegetical texts.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/HEB 3211 3.0. Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HEB 3210 3.0 and AS/HEB 3211 3.0.

PREREQUISITE: AP/HEB 3000 6.0 or permission of the department. Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HEB 3000 6.0 or permission of the department.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HEB 3211 3.0A SELECTIONS FROM HEBREW LEGAL-RELIGIOUS TEXTS: EADING AND ANALYSIS

FACULTY: AP

This course provides an overview of the beginnings and development of Jewish law. Starting with Biblical materials, we progress through the centuries to the modern world. Attention is paid to process development and the impact of historical/sociological settings on the Jewish legal framework.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/HEB 3210 3.0. Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HEB 3210 3.0 and AS/HEB 3211 3.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HEB 3220 3.0 HEBREW LITURGICAL TESTS: ORIGINS, CONTEXTS, AND ANALYSIS

This course introduces a specialized genre of Hebrew literature: liturgical texts. The texts analyzed will include a variety of ancient, medieval and modern Jewish liturgies.

Prerequisite: AP/HEB 3000 6.00 or permission of the department. Course credit exclusion: AP/HEB 3221 3.00.

Prior TO FALL 2009: Prerequisite: AS/HEB 3000 6.00 or permission of the department. Course credit exclusions: AS/HEB 3220 3.00 and AS/HEB 3221 3.00.


HEB 3221 3.0 HEBREW LITURGICAL TEXT: ORIGINS, CONTEXTS AND ANALYSIS (in translation)

This course addresses both the geography of the classical Jewish Hebrew prayer text, the Siddur, as well as the overall structure of the text. It focuses also on selected prayers and their internal structures, histories and meanings.

Course credit exclusion: AP/HEB 3220 3.00.

Prior TO FALL 2009:Course credit exclusions: AS/HEB 3220 3.00 and AS/HEB 3221 3.00.


HEB 3330 3.0A DEUTERONOMY: TEXT AND CLASSICAL INTERPRETATION

FACULTY: AP

A close textual analysis of the book of Deuteronomy and of interpretations of the book written in Hebrew throughout the ages. The language of instruction and readings are in Hebrew. This course is designed for the student who can work comfortably with Hebrew texts, but it does not assume a prior acquaintance with Biblical literature or with classical modes of Biblical exegesis. The course consists primarily of readings and analysis of sources. It attempts to acquaint the student with the style of both legal and narrative passages of Biblical literature, and with the ways in which this literature was understood and reworked by later generations of Jewish exegetes.

PREREQUISITE: AP/HEB 3000 6.0 or equivalent.

EVALUATION: Two tests – 40%; two written assignments – 40%; classroom participation –20%.

TEXTS: The primary texts are in the Hebrew Bible and the compendium of exegesis called Miqraot Gedolot. Other readings may include: Jacobs, Jewish Biblical Exegesis; Melamed, Mefarshey Hamiqra; Rosin, Rashbam al Hattorah; Segal, Parashanut Hamiqra.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HEB 3600 6.0A THEMES IN MODERN ISRAELI LITERATURE AND SOCIETY

FACULTY: AP

This course is intended to introduce students to a fascinating, multifaceted profile of Israeli cultural life. Mainly through readings in Modern Hebrew literature, as well as Israeli music, visual drawings and films we will reflect on the development of Israeli society from the days of Independence to present day occurrences. While we will be able to follow a historical timeline, our approach is thematic. Through the prism of literature, music and film we will reflect on normal issues of right and wrong, "the other" in Israeli society, war and peace, despair and hope, horror and tragedy as well as joy and wonderful humour.

PREREQUISITE: AS/HEB 3000 6.0 or AP/HEB 3000 6.0 or equivalent.

EVALUATION: Papers and written assignments – 25%; two oral presentations (each 10%) 20% ; tests 15% ; final examination – 20%; participation – 20%.

TEXTS: Readings from the works of Ch. N. Bialik, S.Y. Agnon, Saul Tchemikovsky, Ernst Akiva Simon, Amos Oz, Aharon Appelfeld, Aharon Meged, Isaiah Leibowitz, A.B. Yehoshua and others. Xeroxed materials will be provided at cost.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HIST 3110 6.0A ANCIENT ISRAEL: FROM ITS ORIGINS IN THE SETTLEMENT TO THE BABYLONIAN EXILE

FACULTY: AP

Investigations include methodological limitations; Old Testament, archaeology and ideology; Israel's origins; the settlement in Canaan; Philistia and the Israelite state; the Davidic Revolutions; the twin kingdoms; Assyria, Babylonia and the end of the Israelite people.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HIST 3110 6.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: Maynard Maidman


HIST 3555 6.0A CANADIAN JEWISH HISTORY

FACULTY: AP

A study of the origins, growth and development of the Canadian Jewish Community since the 1750's. Themes to be dealt with include immigration, Western Settlement, the Holocaust, religion, anti-Semitism, Zionism, labour, integration and continuity.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009 AS/HIST 3555 6.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HIST 3791 6.0 THE ISLAMIC GUNPOWDER EMPIRES

FACULTY: AP

DESCRIPTION NEEDED


HIST 3809 6.0A A HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: BEGINNINGS TO THE REFORMATION

FACULTY: AP

This course introduces students to the history of Christianity in the ancient, medieval, and early modern world, from the life of Jesus to the end of the Reformation era. Students can expect a mixture of lecture and discussion in each class, with numerous images to ponder and the occasional film or video as well. Texts and textual analysis are central to the Christian religion, and careful reading will be a crucial activity in this class as well. We will read some of the works of the best historians working in this field today as well as texts written by premodern Christians themselves. Four "special feature" lectures spaced throughout the course will introduce students to key moments in the use and development of Christian books and imagery: the invention of the codex, early medieval Bible illumination, the Book of Hours, and print propaganda in the Reformation. Students should expect to leave the course with better understanding of the major ideas, key figures, and rich complexity of the history of Christianity in its first seventeen centuries.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/HIST/HUMA 3811 3.0, AP/HIST 3812 3.0, AP/HUMA 3458 3.0. Prior to Fall 2009: AK/HUMA 3458 3.0, AS/HIST 3809 6.0, AS/HIST/HUMA 3811 3.0, and AS/HIST 3812 3.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: Rachel Koopmans


HIST 3860 6.0A MODERN HISTORY OF THE JEWS

FACULTY: AP

This course surveys the Jews from the breakdown of traditional society in the 18th century until the present. The focus will be on the Jews of Europe and the major offshoots of Jewish Europe, Israel and North America. The course will highlight significant historical themes in the political, social, religious and intellectual history of the Jewish people.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HIST 3860 6.0.

EVALUATION: Analysis & discussion of a document in its historical context 15%, Mid-term examination 25%, 10-12 page research paper on topic approved by the instructor, due at the end of second semester 20%, Final examination 30%, Attendance and participation 10%.

COURSE DIRECTOR: Kalman Weiser


HUMA 3100 9.0A GREEK DRAMA AND CULTURE

A survey of ancient Greek drama in translation. The plays will be looked at mainly in terms of structure, of religious thought, and of political expression.

Course credit exclusions: None.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusion: AS/HUMA 3100 6.00.


HUMA 3105 6.0A GREEK AND ROMAN RELIGION

This course examines Greek and Roman religious beliefs and practices from an interdisciplinary perspective. Special attention is given to four major approaches to the divine (ritual, myth, art and philosophy) and their integration with other aspects of society and culture.

Course credit exclusions: None.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HUMA 3520 6.00 (prior to Winter 2007), AS/HUMA 3105 6.00.


HUMA 3110 6.0A ROMAN CULTURE & SOCIETY

FACULTY: AP

NEED DESCRIPTION

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


AP/HUMA 3421 (FALL) INTERPRETING THE NEW TESTAMENT , PART 1

A historical and literary study of the traditions of Paul and of the Beloved Disciple ("John") as they developed from the time of their founders through several generations of followers.

Course credit exclusions: None.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HUMA 3420 6.00 (prior to Summer 2000), AK/HUMA 3421 3.00.


HUMA 3422 (WINTER) INTERPRETING THE NEW TESTAMENT , PART 2

A study of the synoptic gospels (Mark, Matthew, Luke) and other early Christian texts from a historical and literary perspective.

Course credit exclusions: None.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HUMA 3420 6.00 (prior to Summer 2000), AK/HUMA 3421 3.00.


HUMA 3425 3.0A DEAD SEA SCROLLS

FACULTY: AP

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide an intriguing window into the development of early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. This course examines the texts, the communities which produced them, contemporary movements within Judaism and Christianity, and the major lines of interpretive controversy.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AK/HUMA 3425 3.0, AK/HUMA 3610K 6.0 (prior to summer 1992).

COURSE DIRECTOR: Philip Harland


HUMA 3439 (FALL) HOW THE IRISH SAVED WESTERN CIVILIZATION

Examines the remarkable cultural achievements of the Irish, how they kept the lamps of learning, literature and material culture (manuscript, painting, ornamental metalwork) burning following the barbarian invasions of the fifth century and the decline of Roman civilization on the continent.

Course credit exclusions: None.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HUMA 3439 3.00, AK/HUMA 3610B 3.00 (prior to Summer 2000).


HUMA 3481 6.0A STUDIES IN WORLD RELIGIONS

FACULTY: AP

This course examines Africa's contribution to world religions focusing on Traditional African Religions and the impact and transformation of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Africa. The course makes special reference to oral and written texts and their interpretation. The course will use scriptural, hagiographical, exegetical and oral sources to explore concepts of healing, worship, holiness and sacred space in the realm of religions in Africa. Students will be engaged with primary sources in translation including the Bible, the Holy Qur'an, the Andemta Commentaries as well as the Ethiopian-Coptic Synxarion and Gadlat. The course will also be informed by the scholarly works of Benjamin, Idowu, and Mbiti, amongst others, on Traditional African Religions.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AK/HUMA 3481 6.0.

TEXTS: Benjamin, Ray. 2001. African Religion(s). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall; Idowu, E. Bolaji. 1973 .African Traditional Religion: A Definition. NY: Orbis Books; Isichei, Elizabeth. 1995. A History of Christianity in Africa: From Antiquity to the Present. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing; Kaplan, Steven. 1992. The Beta Israel in Ethiopia. NY: New York Univ. Press; Mbiti, John. 1990. African Religion and Philosophy. London: Heinemann; Nehemiah Levtzion and Randall Pouwels. 2000. The History of Islam in Africa. Athens, Cape Town and Ohio: Ohio University Press.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HUMA 3510 6.0A RELIGION, GENDER & KOREAN CULTURE

FACULTY: AP

This course explores the interactions of religion and gender from the traditional to the modern period in Korea, and relates this material to the general process of cultural development.

COURSE DIRECTOR: Theresa Hyun


HUMA 3801 6.0A THINKING RELIGION IN SOUTH ASIA

FACULTY: AP

This course explores the teachings of selected religious traditions of South Asian and examines the category of religion as it is applied to South Asia in the context of oriental discourses.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HUMA 3801 6.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HUMA 3802 3.0A SIKH HISTORY AND THOUGHT

FACULTY: AP

This course introduces Sikhism by exploring its main historical developments and religio-philosophical teachings. To understand these historical and religious discourses within their broader social settings a number of themes and contexts are explored: scripture, interpretation, gender, colonialism and the Diaspora.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HUMA 3802 3.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HUMA 3810 6.0 HEBREW BIBLE

FACULTY: AP

The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is one of the foundational texts of western culture. As such, it has had a history of interpretation and reinterpretation that has lasted for some 2000 years. During this period of time certain – oftentimes mutually contradictory – assumptions about what the text means have become entrenched among the various groups that look to this text as holy scripture and inspirational literature.

Indeed, even among those who reject the supposed theological underpinnings of this text, rigid assumptions about what it means or says are common. The major aim of this course is to strip away the layers of interpretation that have been imposed on the text over the millennia, in order to enable the students to approach the text using critical and methodological tools that allow modern readers (1) to attempt to read the Hebrew Bible within the context of its own time and world, and (2) to be aware of the subject nature of their preconceptions. Openness to new ways of understanding and a critical mindset are the only prerequisites necessary.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/HUMA 3415 3.0, AP/HUMA 3417 3.0. Prior to Fall 2009: AK/HUMA 3415 3.0, AK/HUMA 3417 3.0, AS/HUMA 2810 6.0 (prior to Fall/Winter 2003-2004), AS/HUMA 3810 6.0.

EVALUATION: classroom participation (10%), paper proposal (10%), annotated bibliography (10%), midyear exam (20%), paper outline (10%), research paper (20%), final exam (20%).

TEXTS: Michael D. Coogan, A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Context (Oxford & New York: Oxford UP, 2009); Adele Berlin & Mark Zvi Brettler (eds.), The Jewish Study Bible (Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2004); Christoph Levin, The Old Testament: A Brief Introduction (Trans. Margaret Kohl; Princeton & Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2005).

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HUMA 3815 6.0A ASPECTS OF ISLAMIC THOUGHT

FACULTY: AP

This course introduces students to some of the major aspects of classical Islamic thought focusing on their development, diversity, and influences. The course explores the writings of leading figures in Islamic theology, jurisprudence, mysticism and philosophy in the pre-modern period. The course uses Abdullah Saeed's Islamic Thought. An Introduction as a general textbook along with additional articles that will be posted on the moodle site. Students will have weekly readings and discussions that will be part of the general assessment. The course assignments include two exams, an essay, and a review.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HUMA 3815 6.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: Ruba Kana'an


HUMA 3816 3.0A THE BALKANS

FACULTY: AP

This course explores the intersections between religion, culture and identity in the Balkans. It offers an interdisciplinary examination of this complex religious and ethnic mosaic through a wide range of sources, including consideration of the image of the Balkans in Europe and beyond.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HUMA 3818 3.0M SACRED SPACE & RITUAL PRACTICES IN ISLAM

FACULTY: AP

The course examines the plurality of rituals and devotional practices in Islam and the variety of spaces and places engendered by Muslim worship and devotion from early Islam to the contemporary period. It examines the diversity of forms of Muslim worship and devotional practices such as prayer, pilgrimage, tomb visitations, as well as individual contemplation and remembrance practices. It examines places such as mosques, sufi lodges, tombs, mausoleums, homes and landscapes. Course readings will be posted on the moodle site. Students will have weekly readings and discussions that will be part of the general assessment. The course assignments include an exam, an essay, and a review.

COURSE DIRECTOR: Amila Buturovic (FALL)


HUMA 3819 3.0M OUTSIDERS INSIDE RELIGION

FACULTY: AP

Religion plays an important role in inculcating and perpetuating societal norms and values. However, that is only part of the story. Many members of marginalized groups have also found within religion a space in which to resist and to manoeuvre within those same norms and values. For religion is not just the site of patriarchal domination; at the same time that its symbols, rituals, practices, and beliefs serve to shape the worldview of those participating in them, those participants are also re-interpreting and re-configuring those symbols, rituals, practices and beliefs. Members of marginalized groups have always taken advantage of that dynamic, revising, transforming, and challenging the religious rituals, practices, symbols and beliefs inculcating and perpetuating patriarchal norms and values. This course examines the strategies employed by members of marginalized groups over the past several decades to resist and to manoeuvre within patriarchal stereotypes, norms and values from within their religious traditions.

The strategies explored will include those employed by feminists, racialized groups, members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer communities (LGBTQ), members of post-colonial nations, and persons with disabilities.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/GL/WMST 3518 6.0. Prior to Fall 2009: AS/AK/GL/WMST 3518 6.0, AS/HUMA 3819 3.0.

EVALUATION: (subject to change) Reading Assignments – 10%; Internet Research Exercise – 25%; Research Essay 30%; Group Presentation – 20%; Participation – 15%.

TEXTS: a course kit including readings from (subject to change): G.D. Comstock, et al. ed., Que(e)rying Religion: A Critical Anthology; L. E. Donaldson & K. Pui-Lan ed., Postcolonialism, Feminism and Religious Discourse; N. L. Eiesland,. The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability; A. Smith, et al. "Round table Discussion: Native/First Nation Theology"; R. S. Sugirtharajah, The Bible and the Third World: Pre-colonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters; P. Taylor, ed. Nation Dance: Religion, Identity, and Cultural Difference in the Caribbean; E. M. Townes, ed. Embracing the Spirit: Womanist Perspectives on Hope, Salvation, and Transformation.

COURSE DIRECTOR:


HUMA 3821 3.0A FEMALE SPIRITUALITY: WESTERN TRADITIONS

FACULTY: AP

A comparative study of religion focusing on the interrelated traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and modern Goddess spirituality. Particular attention will be paid to the roles of women within the history of these traditions, and modern feminist critiques, revisions and reconstructions of these traditions, both in theory and in practice.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HUMA 3821 3.0.

EVALUATION: (subject to change) Short Essay - 20%; 2 Integration Papers – 50% (2 x 25%); Final Exam - 20%; Participation – 10%.

TEXTS: (subject to change) Johanna H. Stuckey, Women's Spirituality: Contemporary Feminist Approaches to Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Goddess Worship, 2010; a Course Kit.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HUMA 3823 3.0M GREEK & JEWS IN THE HELLENISTIC WORLD

FACULTY: AP

A study of the encounter of Greek religious ideas, practices and institutions with the Egyptian, Persian and Jewish religions in the period from Alexander to the First Century BCE.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HUMA 3120B 3.0; Prior to FW 2003-2004: AS/HUMA 3823 3.0

COURSE DIRECTOR: Philip Harland


HUMA 3831 3.0M TORAH & TRADITION

FACULTY: AP

This course offers a historical exploration of Jewish beliefs, institutions, and bodies of literature, emphasizing continuities and changes in religious expression within and across different places, circumstances, and times. The course takes up five broadly defined periods: biblical, Second Temple, rabbinic, medieval, and modern. Its integrating perspective is an exploration of Jewish religious expressions in their continuities and diversities within and across these different periods, with special attention paid to evolving (or revolutionary) conceptions or interpretations of Judaism's foundation document, the Torah, as a result or reflection of immanent developments within Jewish life or in consequence of Jewish dialogues and disputations with a variety of "external" (that is, non-Jewish) stimuli, or some combination of these. A sub-section of the course explores Judaism's cycles of sacred days and the liturgies and ritual observances associated with them. Topics covered include Israelite religion and biblical texts (including the "First Temple" period); Judaism in Persian and Greco-Roman times (the "Second-Temple" period); the emergence of rabbinic Judaism and its classical texts, with emphasis on Judaism's second "foundation document" (after the Bible), the Babylonian Talmud; varieties of Jewish literature and piety in medieval times; modern religious cross-currents (Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist), and contemporary issues and challenges (e.g., post-Holocaust theology, feminism). Themes covered include God, the Jewish people, Torah and its interpretation, the land of Israel; the commandments (mitzvot) and their halakhic (legal) expressions; the Sabbath; daily and calendrical cycles of holiness; rites of passage, and messianic teachings.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HUMA 3831 3.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HUMA 3840 6.0A RABBINIC JUDAISM

FACULTY: AP

This course will present a broad exposure to the history, thought, literature, and main institutions of Rabbinic Judaism from its inception, during the Second Temple period, through contemporary times. We will explore a variety of classical texts and genres in light of their religious and historical settings. We will consider institutions that have shaped Rabbinic Judaism in its varied manifestations throughout the ages down to the present. Finally, we will study various Jewish philosophies with foundations in Rabbinic Judaism from 10thc. Through the Middle Ages to modern thought (21st c).

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/HUMA 3840 6.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


HUMA 3850 6.0A PERSPECTIVES OF THE HOLOCAUST

FACULTY: AP

The attempt of the Nazis to annihilate world Jewry was in many ways unprecedented in human annals. It was a turning-point in history, the way for which was prepared by revolutionary political, social, technological, and philosophical developments. In other ways, however, it was a not unpredictable outgrowth of the past. Although analysis may be difficult and painful, especially for survivors, the Holocaust must be analyzed and understood if those who live on are to learn from it. Such analysis involves the examination of different aspects of life, using the tools of the historian, the theologian, the literary critic, and, to a lesser extent, the social scientist.

The course is divided into several sections, each of which approaches a different aspect of the Holocaust: the historical and philosophical background, the psychological and historical reality, and the religious questions that arise in its aftermath.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009 : AS/HUMA 3850 6.0.

EVALUATION: A book review (5-7 pp. 15%) will be required in the first term, and a longer research paper (10-15 pp. 30%) in the second term. There will be an examination in the first term (15%) and a final examination (25%). The remainder of the grade (15%) will be based on class presentations and participation. (subject to change)

TEXTS: (subject to change) Readings may include: William S. Allen, The Nazi Seizure of Power; Aharon Appelfeld, Badenheim. 1939; Yehuda Bauer, A History of the Holocaust; Moshe Flinker, Young Moshe's Diary; Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning; A.M. Klein, The Second Scroll; Emanuel Ringelblum, Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto; Andre Schwarzbart, The Last of the Just; Fred Uhlman, Reunion; Adele Wiseman, The Sacrifice.

COURSE DIRECTOR: Michael Brown


HUMA 3855 6.0 RESPONSES TO THE HOLOCAUST

FACULTY: AP

This course explores responses to the Holocaust in imaginative texts - fiction, poetry and film - alongside autobiographical, historical and philosophical accounts. Works by survivors and others enable us to examine forms of Holocaust memory, and their concomitant implications.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009 : AS/HUMA 3000R 6.0; Prior to FW 2003 – 2004 : AS/HUMA 3855 6.0

COURSE DIRECTOR: Sara Horowitz


JP 3000 6.0 ADVANCED MODERN STANDARD JAPANESE

The course focuses on continuous texts; edited texts on various topics are read, summarized, translated and discussed with emphasis on discourse grammar. All Kanji (Sino-Japanese characters) in Education Characters (881) will be covered.

Prerequisite: AP/JP 2000 6.00 or equivalent. Course credit exclusions: None.

Prior TO FALL 2009: Prerequisite: AS/JP 2000 6.00 or equivalent. Course credit exclusion: AS/JP 3000 6.00.


PHIL 3095 3.0M PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

FACULTY: AP

How do theistic philosophies deal with the fact of evil? Are religious language and forms of knowing distinct from other forms? What are the moral and ethical issues inherent in religious propagation?

PREREQUISITE: AP/PHIL 2090 3.0 or at least six credits in philosophy.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


PHIL 3125 3.0M CONTEMPORARY EXISTENTIALISM

FACULTY: AP

The course concentrates on the most important and famous contemporary existentialist, Martin Heidegger. It studies his main work, Being and Time, a book that most continental philosophers would agree is the most significant work of the Twentieth Century. Since this book is basic for contemporary existentialism, the course is able to refer to its impact on such thinkers as Sartre and MerleauPonty, its existentialist precursors such as Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, and its close relatives like the postmodernists. Nonetheless, the main purpose of the course is to do a 'systematic' treatment rather than 'historical' study of the key concepts in order to show their relevance to current issues in philosophy. Frequent reference will be made to Husserl as well, the founder of the phenomenological method, because Being and Time is a model of phenomenological analysis, especially of what is called hermeneutic or existentialist phenomenology, and we shall follow its style of thinking and writing in order to begin to learn to apply this method in the assignments and class discussions.

PREREQUISITE: AP/PHIL 2120 3.0. Prior to Fall 2009: AK/PHIL 2120 3.0, AS/PHIL 2120 3.0 or permission of the instructor.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


SOCI 3650 3.0A SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

FACULTY: AP

This course explores the persistence of religion in contemporary societies. Particular attention is given to the theorists of the sociology of religion, such as Durkheim, Weber and Peter Berger.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: Prior to Fall 2009: AS/SOCI 3650 6.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


SOSC 3917 6.0A CONTEMPORARY JEWISH LIFE IN NORTH AMERICA

FACULTY: AP

This course develops an understanding of contemporary North American Jewry using findings of Social Science. Social, cultural, political and religious issues concerning the Jewish community are analyzed, such as assimilation, intermarriage, ethnic identity, Jewish education, anti-Semitism, etc.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: AP/SOSC 3917 3.0. Prior to Fall 2009: AS/SOSC 3917 3.0, AS/SOSC 3917 6.0.

COURSE DIRECTOR: TBA


SOSC 3918 6.0A THE SEPHARDI JEWS: A SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF THEIR SURVIVAL

FACULTY: AP

Drawing from several fields of study, this course focuses on the Jews of Muslim lands and on the social mechanisms they devised in order to maintain their identity despite an often hostile environment and very harsh living conditions.

COURSE CREDIT EXCLUSION: None. Prior to Fall 2009: AS/SOSC 3918 6.0, AS/SOSC 3990G 6.0 (prior to Fall/Winter 2003-2004).

COURSE DIREDTOR: TBA


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