Duke University Center for Jewish Studies

The is a representative list of courses offered by the department and should not be used for schedule planning. For accurate and up-to-date course listings and information, Duke students should log into ACES.

Fall 2014

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
JEWISHST 89S
First Year Seminar Ruderman, Judith 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 059

Course Description

Topics vary by semester. Instructor: Staff
JEWISHST 101
Elementary Modern Hebrew Plesser, Shelli 001 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Franklin Center 016 A/B

Course Description

Introduction to speaking, understanding, reading, and writing modern Hebrew. Language laboratory. Instructor: Plesser
JEWISHST 101
Elementary Modern Hebrew Plesser, Shelli 01D WF 03:05 PM-03:55 PM Trent 038A

Course Description

Introduction to speaking, understanding, reading, and writing modern Hebrew. Language laboratory. Instructor: Plesser
JEWISHST 101
Elementary Modern Hebrew Plesser, Shelli 02D MW 08:30 AM-09:20 AM TBA

Course Description

Introduction to speaking, understanding, reading, and writing modern Hebrew. Language laboratory. Instructor: Plesser
JEWISHST 140
Judaism Goldman, Shalom 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gray 210

Course Description

Introduction to Judaic civilization from its origins to modern times. Instructor: Goldman, Lieber, or staff
JEWISHST 141
Judaism Through Film Lieber, Laura 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gray 220

Course Description

An overview of major themes in Jewish practice, belief, identity, and history as presented through the medium of film. Emphasis will be on contemporary Judaism in Europe, America, and the Middle East. Instructor: Lieber
JEWISHST 145
Old Testament/heb Bible Peters, Melvin 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Old Chem 201

Course Description

Historical, literary, ethical, and theological investigations of the ancient Near Eastern context of Israelite religion and culture. Instructor: Peters
JEWISHST 203
Intermed Modern Hebrew Plesser, Shelli 01 MWF 01:40 PM-02:55 PM Franklin Center 016 A/B

Course Description

Reading, composition, conversation, and language laboratory. Instructor: Plesser
JEWISHST 241
Contemporary Israeli Cinema Ginsburg, Shai 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Nasher 119

Course Description

A comparative approach to Israeli cinema, in the context of American and European cinemas. Cinema and nationalism. Cinematic representations of social, political, racial, and ethnic tensions and fissures: social gap, immigration to and emigration from Israel, militarism and civil society, masculinity and femininity, and the Israeli-Arab conflict. Popular culture and its relationship with high culture. Instructor: Ginsburg
JEWISHST 251
Jewish History, 1492-present Hacohen, Malachi 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Soc/Psych 128

Course Description

Major developments in Jewish history from the early modern period to today. The Kehillah, the Spanish-Jewish Diaspora, the rise of Polish Jewry, the Safed Kabbalah, Sabbatianism, the emergence of the Chassidut, the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment), Emancipation and the nation state, Reform Judaism, economic modernization, racial antisemitism, Zionism, the Holocaust, the State of Israel, flourishing Jewish pluralism in the United States, the future: nation and Diaspora? Instructor: Hacohen
JEWISHST 269S
Polish/jewish Film Holmgren, Beth 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Languages 320

Course Description

Analyzes, compares, and assesses representations of Polish Christians and Polish Jews -- their life experiences, interactions, shared and separate fates -- in documentaries and fiction films made in Poland from the 1930s to the present day. Includes films by Wajda, Polanski, Munk, Kieslowski; also a 2008 documentary about pre-World War II Christian-Jewish relations in Poland by Jolanta Dylewska. All films screened with English subtitles. Instructor: Holmgren
JEWISHST 305S
Advanced Modern Hebrew Plesser, Shelli 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Franklin Center 016 A/B

Course Description

Introduction to modern Hebrew literature and Israeli culture. Emphasis on critical reading of literary and cultural texts, including prose, poetry, drama, and film. Conducted in Hebrew. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Ginsburg
JEWISHST 340S
Death And Identity Ginsburg, Shai 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 065

Course Description

Comparative examination of how "death" informs the modern self. Looks at the tension between the religious death and secular death. Probes the role played by the Jewish experience of the 20th century in shaping post WWII self. Comparison with notions of death and the self in the Middle East and East Asia. Focuses on cultural representations of death (particularly literary, cinematic and artistic), but sociological, anthropological and political perspectives will also be considered. Instructor: Ginsburg
JEWISHST 369
Germany Confronts Holocaust Dolan, Kristen 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Gray 220

Course Description

The ways in which official German culture comes to terms with its Nazi past. Background reading in history and politics; primary focus on films, dramas, novels, and poetry, as well as public memorials, monuments, and museums. Authors treated include: Wolfgang Borchert, Rolf Hochhuth, Peter Weiss, Ruth Kl
JEWISHST 390S
Special Topics - Seminar Ruderman, Judith 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 059

Course Description

Seminar version of Jewish Studies 390. Instructor: Staff
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