Fall 2009

Fall 2009 Courses

History   |  MEALAC  |  Music  | Sociology |  Religion  |  Germanic Languages and Literatures

 

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

History W3616 JEWS/CHRISTIANS IN MEDIEVAL WORLD
Section 001 Call Number: 58453 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 10:35am-11:50am Location: To be announced
Instructor: Elisheva Carlebach

Medieval Jews and Christians defined themselves in contrast to one another. This course will examine the conditions and contradictions that emerged from competing visions and neighborly relations. It is arranged to comprehend broad themes rather than strict chronology and to engage both older and very recent scholarship on the perennial themes of tolerance and hate.

 

History W4180 CONVERSION IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Section 001 Call Number: 86549 Points: 4
Day/Time: M 2:10pm-4:00pm Location: 311 Fayerweather Hall
Notes: APPLIC REQ:SEE UNDERGRAD SEMINAR SECTION OF DEPT'S WEBSITE
Instructor: Elisheva Carlebach

Boundary crossers have always challenged the way societies imagined themselves. This course explores the political, religious, economic, and social dynamics of religious conversion. The course will focus on Western (Christian and Jewish) models in the medieval and early modern periods. It will include comparative material from other societies and periods. Autobiographies, along with legal, religious and historical documents will complement the readings.

 

History G9635 POWER AND AUTHORITY IN THE HISTORY OF EASTERN EUROPEAN JEWRY: Sources and Methods
Section 001 Call Number: 23304 Points: 4
Day/Time: R 11am-12:50pm Location: 513 Fayerweather Hall
Instructor: Adam Teller

The goal of this seminar is to examine the different forms of power and authority which shaped Jewish society and culture in Eastern Europe in the modern period. This will be done through the close reading of primary sources, as far as possible in the original languages. Each topic, therefore, will be discussed in a short introductory lecture, an analysis of the research literature, and a detailed reading of a set of primary sources. Particular emphasis will be placed on the different methodologies involved in reading the range of sources which will be introduced during the semester.

 

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Music G4125 JEWISH MUSIC: UNIQUENESS AND DIVERSITY
Section 001 Call Number: 12002 Points: 3
Day/Time: M 4:10pm-6:00pm Location: 701A Dodge Hall
Instructor: Mark Kligman

This course will investigate the role of culture and contexts of Jewish music. Topics for discussion include: tradition and innovation, nationalism,
culture contact, responses to modernity, and music and identity. The course will focus on three types of Jewish music: 1) History-Ancient and Ashekanzic,
2) Sephardic/Mizrachi, 3) Contemporary Jewish Music.

 

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MIDDLE EAST AND ASIAN LITERTURES AND CULTURES

Languages Courses

Middle East W1510 FIRST YEAR MODERN HEBREW:ELEM I
Section 001 Call Number: 58746 Points: 5
Day/Time: MTWRF 9:00am-9:50am Location: To be announced

This is an introductory course for which no prior knowledge is required. Equal emphasis is given to listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. Daily homework includes grammar exercises, short answers, reading, or paragraph writing. Frequent vocabulary and grammar quizzes.

 

Middle East W1512 SECOND YEAR MODERN HEBREW:INTER I
Section 001 Call Number: 66346 Points: 5
Day/Time: MTWR 8:45am-9:50am Location: To be announced
Instructor: Nehama R Bersohn

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MDES W1511 or the equivalent. Students who completed First Year Hebrew at Columbia are required to enroll in section 1. New students are placed in section 1 or 2, based on their performance on the placement test. Equal emphasis is given to listening, speaking, reading and writing. Regular categories of the Hebrew verb, prepositions, and basic syntax are taught systematically. Vocabulary building. Daily homework includes grammar exercises, short answers, reading, or short compositions. Frequent vocabulary and grammar quizzes.

 

Middle East W1514 SECOND YEAR MODERN HEBREW:UPPER INTER I
Section 001 Call Number: 71146 Points: 4
Day/Time: MTWR 10:00am-10:50am Location: To be announced
Instructor: Nehama R Bersohn

Prerequisites: For students who acquired basic knowledge of the language in Hebrew School, and received appropriate scores on the placement test. Equal emphasis is given to listening, speaking, reading and writing. Regular Hebrew verbs, prepositions, and syntax are taught systematically. Vocabulary building. Daily homework includes grammar exercises, short answers, reading, listening to web-casts, or short compositions. Frequent vocabulary and grammar quizzes.

 

Middle East W4510 THIRD YEAR MODERN HEBREW I
Section 001 Call Number: 29691 Points: 4
Day/Time: MTWR 12:00pm-12:50pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: Ruth Raphaeli-Slivko

Prerequisites: Hebrew W1513 or W1515 or the instructor's permission. Students are expected to have basic familiarity with regular and irregular verbs in five categories of the Hebrew verb system: Pa'al, Pi'el, Hif'il, Hitpa'el and Nif'al. The course focuses on vocabulary building and on development of reading skills, using adapted literary and journalistic texts with and without vowels. Verb categories of Pu'al and Huf'al are taught systematically. Other verb forms are reviewed in context. A weekly hour is devoted to practice in conversation. Daily homework includes reading, short answers, compositions, listening to web-casts, and giving short oral presentations via voice e-mail. Frequent vocabulary quizzes.

 

Middle East W4512 FOURTH YEAR MODERN HEBREW: READINGS
Section 001 FOURTH YR MOD HEBREW: READINGS
Call Number: 64691 Points: 4
Day/Time: MTWR 1:00pm-1:50pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: Ruth Raphaeli-Slivko

Prerequisites: MDES W4511 or MDES W1515 or MDES W1516 or the instructor's permission. Students are expected to have a good familiarity with the Hebrew verb system, and the ability to read a text without vowels. This is an advanced course focusing on the development of reading skills using authentic, un-adapted literary, journalistic and academic texts. Verb forms are reviewed in context. In addition to the texts read by the whole class, each student completes two independent reading projects in areas of his/her interest. A weekly hour is devoted to practice in conversation. Daily homework includes reading, composition, listening to web-casts, or giving short oral presentations via voice e-mail. Frequent vocabulary quizzes. Two five-page term reports on the independent readings.

Literature Courses

Middle East W3542 INTRODUCTION TO ISRAELI LITERATURE
Section 001 Call Number: 11532 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: Dan Miron

 

Middle East G6522 MODERN JEWISH LITERARY COMPLEX
Section 001 Call Number: 23296 Points: 3
Day/Time: T 9:00am-10:50am Location: To be announced
Instructor: Dan Miron

 

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

Sociology G4407 DYNAMICS OF ISRAELI SOCIETY
Section 001 Call Number: 62031 Points: 3
Day/Time: T 2:10 pm – 4:00 p.m. Location: TBA
Instructor: Yinon Cohen
The seminar will examine the main political, economic, and social processes that have been shaping Israeli society. Emphasis will be on immigration and emigration patterns, the economy and stratification system, the ethnic hierarchy among Jews as well as between Jews and Arabs, the question of democracy, the military, as well as the Occupation and the settlers.

 

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION

Religion V2510 JEWS AND JUDAISM IN ANTIQUITY
Section 001 Call Number: 28152 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW9:10am-10:25am Location: 201 80 Claremont
Instructor: Seth Schwartz

This course focuses on the varieties of Judaism in antiquity, from Cyrus the Great to the Muslim Conquest of Syria, and the emergence of rabbinic Judaism. Special emphasis is placed on hellenization, sectarianism, and the changes precipitated by the destruction of the Jerusalem temple.

 

Religion V2505 JUDAISM
Section 001 Call Number: 46046 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: Jonathan Schorsch

A historical overview of Jewish belief and practice as these have
crystallized and changed over the centuries. Special attention to ritual and
worship, the forms of religious literature, central concepts, religious
leadership and institutions, Israel among the nations.

 

Religion V3512 THE BIBLE AND ITS INTERPRETERS
Section 001 Call Number: Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 1:10-2:25 pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: Yehuda Septimus

The Hebrew Bible has been one of the most repercussive texts of the Western canon. Course will explore problems of interpretation and devised creative, often ingenious, and frequently culturally charged solutions. We will focus on a few key biblical passages in translation, subjecting each to close reading and then examining their treatment by various ancient interpreters. These interpreters will include the writers of later biblical texts; ancient translations; extra-canonical texts; Qumran texts; and Hellenistic Jewish, early Christian, and rabbinic literature.

 

Religion V3571 JUDAISM, JEWISHNESS,MODERNITY
Section 001 Call Number: 86647 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 2:40pm-3:55pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: Jonathan Schorsch
Exploration of some of the major statements of Jewish thought and identity
from the 19th century into the 21st.

 

Religion W4515 JEWS IN THE LATER ROMAN EMPIRE
Section 001 Call Number: 47448 Points: 4
Day/Time: M 4:10pm-6:00pm Location: 101 80 Claremont
Instructor: Seth Schwartz
This course will explore the background and examine some of the manifestations of the first Jewish cultural explosion after 70 C.E. Among the topics discussed: the Late Roman state and the Jews, the rise of the synagogue, the redaction of the Palestinian Talmud and midrashim, the piyyut and the Hekhalot.

 

Religion 84180 CONVERSION IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Section 001 Call Number: 86549 Points: 4
Day/Time: M 2:10pm-4:00pm Location: To be announced
Notes: CONVERSION IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. Same as HIST W4180
Instructor: Elisheva Carlebach

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF GERMANIC LANGUAGES – YIDDISH

Yiddish W1101 ELEMENTARY YIDDISH I
Section 001 Call Number: 81030 Points: 4
Day/Time: TRF 11:00am-12:15pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: Miriam Hoffman
Section 002 Call Number: 75941 Points: 4
Day/Time: TRF 1:10pm-2:25pm Location: To be announced

 

Yiddish W1102 ELEMENTARY YIDDISH II
Section 001 Call Number: 28097 Points: 4
Day/Time: TRF 10:35am-11:50am Location: To be announced

 

Yiddish W1201 INTERMEDIATE YIDDISH I
Section 001 Call Number: 94256 Points: 4
Day/Time: TRF 1:10pm-2:25pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: Miriam Hoffman

 

Yiddish W3333 ADVANCED YIDDISH I
Section 001 Call Number: 46146 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 9:00am-10:25am Location: To be announced
Instructor: Miriam Hoffman

 

Yiddish W3500 SURVEY OF YIDDISH LITERATURE (ENG)
Section 001 Call Number: 64532 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 2:40pm-3:55pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: Jeremy Dauber

 

Yiddish G9502 SEMINAR IN YIDDISH STUDIES
Section 001 Call Number: 64692 Points: 3
Day/Time: R 4:10pm-6:00pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: Jeremy Dauber

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