Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Courses: Fall 2014

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

  •     K. Wilsey
  •     1 + 2 units
  •     5 Tuesday meetings from 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM, and a 3-day field trip
  •     JS Course #13640 + RTM Course #17535
  •     Sequoia Hall 102

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 200ol | Introduction to Judaism

  •     M. Paskow
  •     Online Course
  •     Course #14299

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

JS 210 | History of the Jewish People

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 244
  •     Course #13486
  •     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
  •     MW 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  •     Jerome Richfield 246
  •     Course #13414
  •     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 330 | Women in the Jewish Experience

  •     M. Paskow
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  •     Jerome Richfield 245
  •     Course #13503
  •     General Education: Comparative Culture Studies
  •     THIS COURSE FULFILLS THE ETHNIC STUDIES AND DIVERSITY ELECTIVE IN THE WOMEN'S STUDIES MAJOR

The social, cultural, and religious lives of women in Jewish Communities from antiquity to present. The course perspective is international, with significant focus on Mediterranean, West Asian, and American Jewish societies.

HEB 101 | Elementary Hebrew and Conversation

  •     M. Rosenthal
  •     4 units
  •     TuTh 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 321
  •     Course #13343
  •     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 AM - 9:15 AM
  •     Sierra Hall 384
  •     Course #13440
  •     General Education: Arts & Humanities
  •     A. Tevanyan
  •     TuTh 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
  •     Sierra Hall 384
  •     Course #14035
  •     General Education: Arts & Humanities
  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     MoWe 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 214
  •     Course #14212
  •     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 356| Contemporary Religious Thought

  •     J. Myers
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #13457
  •     General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies - Fulfills Information Competence requirement

Religious perspectives in contemporary Judaism, Christianity, and Islam regarding the extent to which we should indulge or limit our sexual desires, wishes for reproduction, and our need for food and shelter.

RS 377 | The Holocaust: Religious and Literary Responses

  •     B. Cohen
  •     3 units
  •     M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 192
  •     Course #18530
  •     General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies - Fulfills Information Competence requirement

This course examines several classic religious explanations for the tragic destruction of the Jews. It also explores contemporary responses to the Holocaust on the part of Jewish and Christian theologians, the churches, and individual artists.

RS 378 | American Jewish Experience

  •     J. Thompson
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #13458
  •     General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies - Fulfills Information Competence requirement

This course describes the experience of the Jewish religio-ethnic community in America with reference to its own historical background and development, and the relationship of the community to the general American culture and to other particular subcultures or ethnic groups.

SOC 306 | Jewish Communal and Family Structure

  •     H. Dosik
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 225
  •     Course #11847
  •     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.

SOC 335 | Jewish Identity in the U.S.

  •     T. Hatkoff
  •     3 units
  •     We 3:30 PM - 6:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 209
  •     Course #11959
  •     General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies

An examination of social institutions and processes involved in Jewish identity, and comparison with other American cultural groups.