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Jewish History: From Spanish Expulsion to Jon Stewart

HIST 248
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: RELI 262
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies

This course explores Jewish history from the 16th century through in the modern era, reaching toward modern American and Israeli history and culture. The modern Jewish experience has often been characterized as an era of increasing participation of Jews in the civil society and was juxtaposed to the premodern era of the ghettos. This course will challenge these dichotomous stereotypes and introduce students to the complexity of the Jews' experience, their active involvement in the political and cultural processes that were taking place in the non-Jewish environment during both premodern and modern periods. As in HIST247, we will see Jews as a part of the social and cultural fabric rather than an "alienated minority" whose history is separate from that of their surroundings. We'll explore the transformations from what some called a traditional society defined by religious identities into a modern society of complex religious, ethnic, cultural, and political identities. We'll look at the acceptance of and resistance to the new ideas brought by the Enlightenment and explore the consequences of secularization of the society, including the rise of modern anti-Semitism; Jewish and non-Jewish nationalism; Zionism; questions of women, gender, and sexuality; migrations; and Jewish-Arab relations before and after the establishment of the State of Israel, and modern Jewish culture in America.

Essential Capabilities: Information Literacy, Writing
Writing as a process will be stressed, for papers there will be a draft stage and the final version. Each stage will be reviewed & feedback will be given. Library resources, electronic research methods, and the Endnote Program will be introduced and applied in this class.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST)(RELI)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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