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HEBM0101A-F16

CRN: 91017

Introduction Modern Hebrew I
Introductory Modern Hebrew I
In this course students will become acquainted with the basic grammatical and formal concepts necessary for the comprehension of the Modern Hebrew language. We will focus on the fundamentals of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with a particular emphasis placed on the acquisition of conversational ability. We will also make use of audiovisual, situational, and cultural exercises, and give attention to the elements of Classical form and style that provided a foundation for Modern Hebrew, which was revived as a vernacular in the late 19th century. No previous knowledge of Hebrew is required. 6 hrs.

HEBM0201A-F16

CRN: 91084

Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
This course is a continuation of HEBM 0103. Using authentic audio and visual materials, we will place emphasis on developing the skills required for intermediate-level written and communicative competence. In addition, students will gain a deeper understanding of the forms and style of Classical Hebrew, both of which are necessary for formal composition, interaction, and reading comprehension in Modern Hebrew. (HEBM 0103 or equivalent) 5 hrs. lect/disc

HEBM0237A-F16

Cross-Listed As:
HEBM0237B-F16 CMLT0237A-F16 CMLT0237B-F16

CRN: 92216

Israel-Palestine Conflict
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Literature and Film
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been the subject of diverse cultural productions from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. In this course we will look at the representation of the conflict in Palestinian and Israeli literature and film, exploring the ways in which images, metaphors, and narratives shape and reflect political realities. The course will include the historical evolution of the conflict, and will introduce students to theoretical concepts of use in analyzing political issues through a cultural lens. We will also examine the intersections of the geo-political conflict with gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religion as represented in cinematic and literary works. Class materials will include the films, Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer, The Time that Remains, The Lemon Tree, The Bubble, and Avenge but One of My Two Eyes, as well as works of poetry and prose by authors, Hayim Guri, Natan Aleterman, Dalia Rabikovitch, Amos Oz, Mahmood Darwish, Adania Shibli, Sayed Kashua, and Others.

HEBM0237B-F16

Cross-Listed As:
HEBM0237A-F16 CMLT0237A-F16 CMLT0237B-F16

CRN: 92531

Israel-Palestine Conflict
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Literature and Film
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been the subject of diverse cultural productions from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. In this course we will look at the representation of the conflict in Palestinian and Israeli literature and film, exploring the ways in which images, metaphors, and narratives shape and reflect political realities. The course will include the historical evolution of the conflict, and will introduce students to theoretical concepts of use in analyzing political issues through a cultural lens. We will also examine the intersections of the geo-political conflict with gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religion as represented in cinematic and literary works. Class materials will include the films, Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer, The Time that Remains, The Lemon Tree, The Bubble, and Avenge but One of My Two Eyes, as well as works of poetry and prose by authors, Hayim Guri, Natan Aleterman, Dalia Rabikovitch, Amos Oz, Mahmood Darwish, Adania Shibli, Sayed Kashua, and Others.

HEBM0301A-F16

CRN: 92217

Advanced Intermediate Hebrew
Advanced Intermediate Hebrew
This course will reinforce the acquired skills of speaking, listening comprehension,reading, and writing at the intermediate to mid/high level. We will focus primarily on contemporary cultural aspects, conversational Hebrew, reading of selections from Modern Literature: prose and poetry, skits, and newspaper articles. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

HEBM0500A-F16

CRN: 91114

Independent Project
Independent Project
(Approval Required)

HEBM0500B-F16

CRN: 91115

Independent Project
Independent Project
(Approval Required)

HEBR0500A-F16

CRN: 91596

Independent Study
Independent Study
Approval required.

JWST0234A-F16

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0234A-F16

CRN: 91947

Contemporary Israel
State and Society in Contemporary Israel
In this course we will examine Israeli society and politics in a period of rapid and profound transformation. We will begin with an introductory unit on Zionism, Palestinian nationalism, and the history of the state. Subsequent units will examine the social, cultural, and political characteristics of Israel’s main population sectors (European, Middle Eastern, Russian, and Ethiopian Jews and Palestinian citizens of the state) and religious groupings (Muslims and Jews, including secular, traditional, national-religious, and ultra-Orthodox). The final units will examine ongoing political struggles that will shape the future of the state, including struggles over the role of religion in public life; civil rights and democracy; and West Bank settlements and the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Most readings assignments will be social scientific or historical in nature, but will also include some journalism and literature. 3 hrs. lect. (Sociology)

JWST0273A-F16

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0273A-F16

CRN: 91948

Diasporas and Homelands
Diasporas and Homelands
War, mass migration, and globalization have spurred development of diaspora communities and heightened scholarly interest in the phenomenon. In contrast to other groups of exiles and immigrants, diaspora communities seek integration within host countries as well as ongoing political, economic, and cultural ties to their homelands. A number of questions arise from these complex and dynamic relationships: How do diaspora communities maintain cultural distinctiveness within host countries? How do they maintain and reproduce cultural ties with homelands and other centers of diaspora life? What influence do diaspora communities have on political relationships between host countries and homelands? What influence do they have on internal homeland politics? Finally, what are the implications of the diaspora phenomenon for the future of the nation state and globalization? Case studies will be drawn from a variety of diaspora communities, including Armenians, Nigerians, Jews, Palestinians, Dominicans, and South Asians. 3 hrs. lect. (Sociology)

JWST0297A-F16

Cross-Listed As:
RELI0297A-F16

CRN: 92161

Middle East Political Religion
Please register via RELI 0297A
Middle Eastern Political Religion
Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the rise of Religious Zionism in Israel, Middle Eastern politics and religion have become inextricably linked. In this course we examine the relationship between politics and religion in the Arab states, Israel, and Iran. Readings include selections from the scriptures of the monotheistic traditions, historical accounts of religious and political change, and theoretical analyses of historical trends. Throughout the term we will follow news accounts of current developments in the Middle East. 3 hrs. lect.

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