Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Academic Programs

Spring 2016: We are offering thirteen different courses featuring international Jewish culture, history, and society. Many of these courses fulfill General Education requirements and electives in diverse majors.

JS 151 | Natural Environment and Judaism with RTM 151F | Wilderness Survival

  •     K. Wilsey
  •     1 + 2 units
  •     5 Tuesday meetings from 7:00 - 8:45 PM, and a 3-day weekend field trip
  •     JS Course #13895 + RTM Course #18044
  •     Jacaranda 2524

An examination of teachings on the natural environment found in Jewish literature and oral teachings, with an emphasis on values and practices related to respect for natural life and environmental conservation. Students who take this course must also take the RTM 151F section linked to it. Arranged wilderness trips are required.

 

JS 200 | Introduction to Judaism

  •    M. Paskow
  •    3 units
  •    MoWe 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •    Course #14213
  •    Jerome Richfield 215
  •    CORE COURSE FOR THE JEWISH STUDIES MINOR

An examination of the historical development of Judaism’s fundamental religious concepts and practices in their cultural and international setting.

 

JS/HIST 210 | History of the Jewish People

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 276
  •     JS Course #13936
  •     HIST Course #19803 
  •     General Education Comparative Cultural Studies

Study of the Jewish people from their beginnings in the ancient Near East to the establishment of the modern state of Israel.

 

JS 300 | Humanities in Jewish Society: Ancient and Medieval

  •     M. Paskow
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 9:30 - 10:45 AM
  •     Jerome Richfield 203
  •     Course #13700
  •     General Education Arts & Humanities - fulfills upper-division Information Competence requirement
  •     CORE COURSE FOR THE JEWISH STUDIES MINOR; RELIGIOUS TRADITION FOR THE RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR

A study of ancient and medieval Jewish culture examining literature, art and architecture, law, music, philosophy and science.

 

JS 318 | Applied Jewish Ethics 

  •     J. Thompson
  •     3 units
  •     Online
  •     Two sections are offered:  Course #14416 and Course #19281
  •     General Education: Social Sciences

This class applies Jewish teachings to contemporary social problems. Students examine case studies involving immigration, food, the environment, and other topics, and engage in related hands-on experience in the community. Students learn to use social scientific methods to analyze and evaluate problems in social relations and human behavior.

 

JS 390cs | Service Learning in the Jewish Community

  •     T. Hatkoff
  •     3 units
  •     We 3:30 - 6:15 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 247
  •     Course #13937
  •     General Education: Lifelong Learning

Internship in Jewish schools, synagogues, social welfare, or political organizations. Faculty supervisor will assist students with placements. Fieldwork will be completed by academic study and written assignments. Instructor permission required - for more information, contact terry.hatkoff@csun.edu or call (818) 677-3007.

 

JS/Hist 427 | Israel History People 

  •     J. Myers
  •     3 units
  •     Mo 4:00 - 6:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 264
  •     JS Course #14418
  •     Hist Course #19153
  •    CORE COURSE FOR THE JEWISH STUDIES MINOR; MIDDLE EASTERN COURSE FOR THE HISTORY MAJOR

A history of the modern State of Israel, from the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism to the present time. The conflicts between Jews, Palestinians, and imperial and regional powers will be examined, as well as the relations between the diverse peoples that constitute Israel's multicultural, multireligious, and multinational society. (Cross-listed as Hist 427)

 

 ENGL 371 | Issues in Jewish-American Writing 

  •    A. Thacker 
  •    3 units
  •    TuTh 9:30 - 10:45 AM
  •    Jerome Richfield 202
  •    Course #13720
  •    General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies    

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower-division writing requirement.  Study of Jewish writing in America, with a focus on the writings of children of Holocaust survivors.  Critical writing required.

  

 ENGL 495RM | The Rhetoric of Memory  

  •    D. Clark 
  •    3 units
  •    Thursdays 4 - 6:45 PM
  •    Jerome Richfield 242
  •   Course #19212

This seminar examines the Holocaust and Armenian Genocide in terms of the relationship between memory and representation by examining a variety of texts including memoirs, witness testimonies, literary texts, and film.  The course will be interdisciplinary, integrating trauma studies, philosophy, psychology, and theology.

 

HEB 102 | Elementary Hebrew and Conversation 1

  •     M. Rosenthal
  •     4 units
  •     TuTh 2:00 - 3:40 PM
  •    Jerome Richfield 212
  •    Course #13684
  •    General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies

Second semester of a beginning level Hebrew course focusing on basic vocabulary, grammar, reading and practice in the spoken language.

 

RS 101 | The Bible

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     MoWe 8:00 - 9:15 AM
  •     Sierra Hall 384
  •     Course #13704
  •     General Education: Arts & Humanities
  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     MoWe 11:00 - 12:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 384
  •     Course #13707
  •     General Education: Arts & Humanities
  •     A. Tevanyan 
  •     TuTh 11:00 - 12:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 384
  •     Course #19387
  •     General Education: Arts & Humanities

This course provides a survey of the content and major themes of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), New Testament, and Apocryphal writings.

 

RS 375 | Classical Jewish Texts

  •     J. Myers
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 12:30 - 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #19151
  •     FULFILLS TEXT COURSE FOR THE RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR AND MINOR

This course provides a study of war and "holy violence" in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient and medieval writings, and the revival of positive views of war and Jewish militarism in the modern era.  

 

SOC 306 | Jewish Communal and Family Structure

  •     H. Dosik
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 209
  •     Course #12104
  •     General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies

The study of Jewish communal and family structure in an international context as a function of religious requirements and social circumstances.