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HEBM0101A-F14

CRN: 91171

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.

HEBM0230A-F14

CRN: 92602

Israeli Authors

Israeli Authors: Survey of Contemporary Hebrew Literature
In this course we will explore contemporary Israeli literature. Closely reading texts by influential Israeli authors in their cultural, political, and historical contexts, we will devote each week to one author, providing students with solid grasp of the diverse poetic and ideological positions that comprise the Israeli literary map. Reading materials will include novels, short stories, poetry, and drama by authors such as Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshua, David Grossman, Hanokh Levin, Amalia Kahana Karmon, Yehuda Amichai, Anton Shammas, and Orly Kastel-Bloom. All texts will be read in English translation. 3 hrs lect./disc.

HEBM0234A-F14

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0234A-F14

CRN: 92463

Contemporary Israel
Please register via SOAN 0234A

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.

HEBM0500A-F14

CRN: 91284

Independent Project

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

HEBM0500B-F14

CRN: 91285

Independent Project

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

HEBR0101A-F14

CRN: 92256

Beginning Classical Hebrew I

Beginning Classical Hebrew I
The goal of the Hebrew sequence is to develop students' ability to read the Jewish Bible (Old Testament) and later Hebrew literature. An introduction to classical Hebrew, this course presupposes nothing, begins with mastery of the Hebrew alphabet, and leads students through the noun and the basic structure of the Hebrew verbal system. By the end of the course, students will be reading and translating brief biblical narratives with the use of a lexicon.

HEBR0500A-F14

CRN: 92152

Independent Study

Independent Study
Approval required.

HEBR0500B-F14

CRN: 92153

Independent Study

Independent Study
Approval required.