J S 311 • American Jewish History-Wb

39730 • Lustig, Jason
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM • Internet; Synchronous
CDGC HI (also listed as HIS 317L)
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Surveys the development of American Jewish life from 1492 to the present. Students will examine cultural, religious, and migratory trends that have shaped Jews in the western hemisphere and in the United States in particular. Focus will be on the emergence of Jewish life in America, its growth into the world’s leading Jewish community in the twentieth century, and its continual transformation both in the past as well as the present.

J S 311E • Comparative Religious Ethics

39735 • Schofer, Jonathan
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 130
E (also listed as R S 306C)
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The aim of this course is to examine and contemplate ideas about right and wrong, good and bad, excellent and corrupt as they are expressed in different religious traditions and across cultures. We will examine three different approaches to ethics and religion in a globalized world of competing stances: a foundational set of methods in religious ethics, a more specific approach to comparative religious ethics centered on stories, and an account of justice for international and cross-cultural contexts addressing disparities in wealth and power.  Students will learn to adjudicate and assess religions claims regarding what is good and right, differences across religious traditions, foundational narratives of religions, and the grounds for justice.  Topics include war and peace, inequalities in wealth and income, leadership, and more.



Three short papers, 2 pages each; each 15% of the course grade (45% total)

Midterm exam, take-home (20%)

Final Exam, take-home, (20%)

Class Participation (15%)


Required Books (available at the University Co-Op Bookstore and in digital format whenever possible; other readings will be distributed through Canvas):

1) Fasching and DeChant, Comparative Religious Ethics: A Narrative Approach to Global Ethics (2nd edition)

2) Markham, Do Morals Matter? A Guide to Contemporary Religious Ethics (2nd edition)

3) Sen, The Idea of Justice

J S 363 • Biblical Prophecy-Wb

39740 • Pat-El, Na'Ama
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Internet; Synchronous
GCWr (also listed as MES 342)
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J S 363 • Jewish Folklore-Wb

39745 • Gottesman, Itzik
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
GCWr (also listed as GSD 361W)
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J S 364 • Jews: Nation Or People?-Wb

39750 • Lustig, Jason
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
GC (also listed as HIS 366N, MES 343)
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Classical Zionism declared the Jewish people a nation in need of a state, “a people without a land for a land without a people.” Today, some claim that Jewish nationhood was a fiction created with political goals in mind. This course considers the nature of nations: Are they real or imagined, “organic” or invented? Examines how history has been used and abused for political purposes in the history of Zionism, Israel/Palestine, and beyond.

J S 364 • The Dead Sea Scrolls-Wb

39760 • Kaplan, Jonathan
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
GC (also listed as AHC 330, MEL 321, MES 342)
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J S 364 • The Five Books Of Moses

39755 • Yoo, Philip
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM RLP 1.106
GC (also listed as CTI 375, MES 342, R S 361)
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The first five books of the Bible—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy—contain well known stories such as the creation of the world, the flood, promises made to Israel’s ancestors, and the revelation of divine law through Moses. Collectively known as the ‘Torah’ in Jewish tradition and the ‘Pentateuch’ in Christian tradition, these five books remain influential in debates about the purpose and nature of the deity (God), the cosmos, law, ritual, ethics, history, family, and nationhood. In this class, we will read the entirety of these five books in translation, investigate the socio-historical circumstances that give shape to these books, and consider how these five books achieve the status of sacred literature. Attention will also be given to the transmission of these five books and its continued significance for its many past and present readers. (With permission of the instructor, students may complete a portion of the course requirements by reading selections from the Hebrew text with the instructor.)

J S 365 • Contemporary Jerusalem-Wb

39770 • Weinreb, Amelia
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet; Synchronous
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Jerusalem has a 3,000-year history, and remains a holy city to three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but given this framework, what is life like in today’s contested, rapidly growing, increasingly diverse Jerusalem? After concluding a short unit on the city’s history, students will focus on contemporary Jerusalem and design individual inquiry projects, with the support of classmates in one of four working groups: a) Culture and daily life; b) Urban planning and design c) Local organizations and social movements; d) Tourists and pilgrims; e) Business and economy. Each group will work together to identify the ethical questions that emerge during their research, and how these questions have been, or could be addressed. This hybrid course is unique in that it is taught partially on location from Jerusalem, and the instructor can provide footage of sites of interest, and introduce students directly to community members, organization leaders, residents, and academics to enrich and facilitate research and cultural understanding.

J S 365C • Multicultural Israel-Wb

39775 • Weinreb, Amelia
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM • Internet; Synchronous
GC (also listed as ANT 322D, MES 341)
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This multidisciplinary, two-way interactive seminar is designed to foster conversation, research and creative projects about Israel’s multicultural population between upper-division students with interests in Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology. What makes this course unique is that much of it is live-streamed from Israel and/or video-recorded material using GoPro to observe cultural interaction and capture conversation. This year, we will also enhance the absorption of course texts and materials by teaming up with MA students in International Development at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who are either members of Israel’s multicultural populations, and/or studying marginalized groups within Israel, to join us for discussion, interviews, and exchange of ideas throughout the semester. The aim of these exchanges is to bring Israel’s contemporary populations, and the people who study them to Austin, through a new type of Global Classroom.