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2012-13 Course Catalog

Areas of Concentration / Programs: Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Bryn Mawr College, 2012-2013

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Description

Modern Hebrew language instruction is available at Bryn Mawr through the intermediate level; at Swarthmore biblical Hebrew is offered in a two-semester sequence through the first-year level, and additional reading in Classical Jewish texts is available in directed reading, one-half-credit courses. At Haverford, Judaic Studies courses are offered by the Department of Religion. Bryn Mawr also offers several courses which complement Haverford’s offerings in Judaic Studies. All of these courses are listed in the Tri-Co Course Guide under the heading "Hebrew and Judaic Studies."

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Faculty

Amiram Amitai, Lecturer
Grace Armstrong, Professor and Coordinator of Middle Eastern Languages

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Courses

College Foreign Language Requirement
The College’s foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing HEBR 001 and 002 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in HEBR 002.

Course Descriptions

HEBR B001 Elementary Hebrew

Staff
This is a year-long course. This course prepares students for reading classical religious texts as well as modern literary work. It covers grammar, composition and conversation with primary emphasis on fluency in reading as well as the development of basic conversational skills. Not offered in 2012-2013.

HEBR B002 Elementary Hebrew

Staff
This is a year-long course. This course prepares students for reading classical religious texts as well as modern literary work. It covers grammar, composition and conversation with primary emphasis on fluency in reading as well as the development of basic conversational skills. Not offered in 2012-2013.

HEBR B101 Intermediate Hebrew

A. Amitai
The course is designed for students who took the Elementary Hebrew course in Bryn Mawr or its equivalents in other institutions, assuming basic fluency in reading, writing, grammar, syntax and conversation in Hebrew. It expands the knowledge of the above, while emphasizing reading, writing and class discussions of modern literary works as well as some classical religious texts. It integrates textbook material with Hebrew videos and films, short stories and songs. Students who feel qualified to take this course, but have not taken Elementary Hebrew at Bryn Mawr, are encouraged to discuss it with the instructor. This is part of a year-long course. Offered in Fall 2012.

HEBR B102 Intermediate Hebrew

A. Amitai
The course is designed for students who took the Elementary Hebrew course in Bryn Mawr or its equivalents in other institutions, assuming basic fluency in reading, writing, grammar, syntax and conversation in Hebrew. It expands the knowledge of the above, while emphasizing reading, writing and class discussions of modern literary works as well as some classical religious texts. It integrates textbook material with Hebrew videos and films, short stories and songs. Students who feel qualified to take this course, but have not taken Elementary Hebrew at Bryn Mawr, are encouraged to discuss it with the instructor. This is part of a year-long course. Offered in Spring 2013.

HEBR B110 Israeli Cinema

Staff
The course traces the evolution of the Israeli cinema from ideologically charged visual medium to a universally recognized film art, as well as the emergent Palestinian cinema and the new wave of Israeli documentaries. It will focus on the historical, ideological, political and cultural changes in Israeli and Palestinian societies and their impact on films’ form and content. Counts toward Film Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. Not offered in 2012-2013.

HEBR B211 Primo Levi, the Holocaust and Its Aftermath (Cross-listed as ITAL-B211 and COML-B211)

Staff
A consideration, through analysis and appreciation of his major works, of how the horrific experience of the Holocaust awakened in Primo Levi a growing awareness of his Jewish heritage and led him to become one of the dominant voices of that tragic historical event, as well as one of the most original new literary figures of post-World War II Italy. Always in relation to Levi and his works, attention will also be given to other Italian women writers whose works are also connected with the Holocaust. Not offered in 2012-2013.

HEBR B261 Palestine and Israeli Society (Cross-listed as ANTH B261 and HIST B261)

Staff
Considers the legacy of Palestine and the centrality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as key in the formation of Israeli society, shaped by ongoing political conflict. New ethnographic writings disclose themes like Zionism, Holocaust, immigration, religion, Palestinian citizenry, Middle Eastern Jews and military occupation, and resulting emerging debates among different social sectors and populations. Also considers constitution of ethnographic fields and the shaping of anthropological investigations by arenas of conflict. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and POLS B111 or ANTH B101 or B102 or permission of the instructor. Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies and Peace, Conflict and Social Justice Studies. Not offered in 2012-2013.

HEBR B271 Topics in Judaic Studies (Cross-listed as HIST B273)

Staff
What happened in Jewish history between antiquity and the modern era, between composing the Talmud and receiving citizenship in European nations? As we try to understand how Jews got from there to here, this seminar will explore the diverse and sometimes astonishing forms of Jewish life in the medieval and early modern periods (approximately 1000-1800), with special focus on the evolution of Jewish relations with the majority culture. Topics will include the golden age of Jewry in Muslim Spain, the development of European anti-Jewish policies and persecutions, Jewish self-government and cosmopolitanism, as well as many of the philosophers, mystics and would-be messiahs who sparked religious movements and change in the course of these tumultuous centuries. Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies. Not offered in 2012-2013.

HEBR B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa (Cross-listed as POLS B283 and HIST B283)

D. Harrold
This course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the region, using works of history, political science, political economy, film and fiction, as well as primary sources. The course will concern itself with three broad areas: the legacy of colonialism and the importance of international forces; the role of Islam in politics; and the political and social effects of particular economic conditions, policies and practices. Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies. Offered in Fall 2012.

HEBR B310 Topics in German Literature (Cross-listed as GERM B310)

Staff
This is a topics course. Course content varies. One additional hour of target language instruction TBA. Not offered in 2012-2013.

HEBR B380 Topics in Contemporary Art (Cross-listed as HART B380 and GERM B380)

L.Saltzman
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Not offered in 2012-13.

HEBR B403 Supervised Work

Not offered in 2012-2013

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