Jewish Studies (JWST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

JWST 1101

Intended for beginners. Provides a thorough grounding in reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Students who complete the course are able to function in basic situations ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 1101

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4890JWST 1101  SEM 101

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 1101

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4891JWST 1101  SEM 102

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

JWST 1103

Sequel to HEBRW 1101-HEBRW 1102. Continued development of reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking skills. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 1103

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4897JWST 1103  SEM 101

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

JWST 1776

Provides an introduction to reading, writing, aural comprehension, speaking and grammar, as well as to some of the basic elements of Ashkenazi Jewish culture. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: NES 1776

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8475JWST 1776  SEM 101

JWST 1880

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: NES 1880

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18744JWST 1880  SEM 101

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    • Forman, D

JWST 1987

Why were Jews virtually invisible in films produced during the Hollywood's "golden age"? Is this a surprise, given the leading role played by American Jews in founding the studio system? Writing about ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18880JWST 1987  SEM 101

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

JWST 2601

The pyramids and mummies of Egypt, the ziggurats of Babylonia, and the armies of Assyria are all part of the legacy of the ancient Near East. This course serves as a basic introduction to the history, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: NES 2601

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17718JWST 2601  LEC 001

JWST 2630

Jewish cultures in the New World are far more diverse than most Americans realize. Some know the history of Ashkenazi (German and Eastern European) Jews, most of whom immigrated to the U.S. between 1880-1920. ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 2630ENGL 2630RELST 2620

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18492JWST 2630  LEC 001

JWST 2754

This course examines Near East's rich and diverse literary heritage. We will read a selection of influential and wondrous texts from ancient to modern times, spanning geographically from the Iberian peninsula ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 2754NES 2754SHUM 2754

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17119JWST 2754  LEC 001

JWST 2852

Most people think of Christianity as the "daughter religion" of Judaism. In this course, we will see that what we now know as Judaism and Christianity both claimed ownership of the same textual tradition ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 2852RELST 2852

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17097JWST 2852  LEC 001

JWST 3101

This constitutes the first course in our third year of the Modern Hebrew language sequence.  Development of speech proficiency will be emphasized. Over the course of the semester, students will develop ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 3101

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4730JWST 3101  SEM 101

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

JWST 3104

This course develops oral and written communication, as well as reading and listening comprehension, through engagement with Israeli media (newspapers, radio reports, and television and internet news) ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 3104

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18376JWST 3104  SEM 101

JWST 3105

This course prioritizes reading comprehension through close reading of selected works of Modern Hebrew fiction, poetry, and drama grouped around a central theme and read in their cultural and historical ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 3105

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18372JWST 3105  SEM 101

JWST 3471

This course considers race and religion as critical sites of lived experience and anthropological analysis with implications for how we approach difference and belonging, violence and inequality, and historical ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 3471ANTHR 6471JWST 6471

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18177JWST 3471  LEC 001

JWST 3687

This seminar examines the history of the United States' involvement with Middle East beginning with evangelical efforts in the 19th century and President Wilson's engagement with the colonial powers in ... view course details

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  • 17073JWST 3687  SEM 101

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    • Brann, R

  • Taught in Washington D.C. as part of the Cornell in Washington Program.

JWST 3707

From White Chicks to Blackkklansman, American film has often depicted characters who conceal their race or gender, like black male cops "passing" as wealthy white women. This class will examine how Hollywood ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  • 18494JWST 3707  SEM 101

JWST 3711

"Sitcom Jews" uses close media analysis, theoretical discussion, and student performances or media projects to examine the representation of Jews on television and on the Broadway stage from 1948-2017. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 3717PMA 3711

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7464JWST 3711  SEM 101

JWST 3805

We are all the living dead – alive but bound to die, and know it. In this course we will learn how existential fears and anxieties shape our politics, partly through moral meaning-making. While the politics ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 3805NES 3805

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8212JWST 3805  SEM 101

JWST 3888

This course explores the interactions between Jews, Christians, and other religious groups in late antiquity, especially in Sasanian Persia circa the first through seventh century C.E. Students pay particular ... view course details

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  • 18436JWST 3888  SEM 101

JWST 4365

Throughout human history, and its modern incarnation, communities have clashed just as often as states. This course sheds light on ethnic communities and conflicts, explicating their historical dynamics ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 4365NES 4365

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8447JWST 4365  SEM 101

  • This class fulfills the government senior seminar requirement. Government Seniors and Juniors given preference.

JWST 4428

We will read together a wide range of modern European texts-mostly but not exclusively by at least nominally Jewish authors, many of them working in the German intellectual tradition--accompanied by a ... view course details

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  • 16942JWST 4428  SEM 101

JWST 4471

Jewish communities have thrived in diaspora since long before the destruction of the Second Temple. What binds and divides those communities? Diaspora may be the product of exile, but can also be a sign ... view course details

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  • 17760JWST 4471  SEM 101

JWST 4550

The Phoenicians have long been an enigma, a people defined by distant voices. Originating from present-day Lebanon, they were Semitic speakers, renowned seafarers and transmitters of an innovative alphabet ... view course details

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  • 17487JWST 4550  SEM 101

JWST 4626

Narratives, particularly sacred narratives, are not static or fixed but rather infinitely flexible and malleable.   Subject to multiple retellings—elaborations, modifications, and deletions—stories take ... view course details

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  • 18082JWST 4626  SEM 101

JWST 6112

Critical readings in medieval Hebrew lyrical and liturgical poetry and imaginative rhymed prose from tenth-century Islamic Spain to Renaissance and Baroque Italy. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: NES 6112

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18731JWST 6112  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Brann, R

JWST 6471

This course considers race and religion as critical sites of lived experience and anthropological analysis with implications for how we approach difference and belonging, violence and inequality, and historical ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 3471ANTHR 6471JWST 3471

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18179JWST 6471  LEC 001

JWST 6888

This course explores the interactions between Jews, Christians, and other religious groups in late antiquity, especially in Sasanian Persia circa the first through seventh century C.E. Students pay particular ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 18439JWST 6888  SEM 101

JWST 7428

We will read together a wide range of modern European texts-mostly but not exclusively by at least nominally Jewish authors, many of them working in the German intellectual tradition--accompanied by a ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 16947JWST 7428  SEM 101

JWST 7471

Jewish communities have thrived in diaspora since long before the destruction of the Second Temple. What binds and divides those communities? Diaspora may be the product of exile, but can also be a sign ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17763JWST 7471  SEM 101