Current Courses - JEWISH STUDIES AT UC DAVIS

Winter 2023 Jewish Studies Courses

Undergraduate Courses 

GER/JST 116: Reading in Jewish Writing & Thought in German Culture

Instructor: Sven-Erik Rose

Units: 4

TR 12:10-1:30 PM, Wellman 233
 
The most widespread association people have with German-Jewish culture is undoubtedly the Holocaust, the cataclysm that decimated Jewry across Europe. But if we remember only the Holocaust, we forget what the extraordinarily creative German-Jewish tradition contributed to Jewish, German, and world culture. For 150 years—between the late 1700s and the rise of the National Socialists to power in 1933—Jews in Germany and German-speaking lands produced a body of works and ideas that have left an indelible mark on our modernity. An astonishing number of the salient currents in modern Jewish life have their origins in Germany. The Jewish Enlightenment began in Berlin at the end of the 18th century with the renowned Berlin philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. It was a Viennese playwright and journalist, Theodor Herzl, who invented political Zionism at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. It was a Viennese Jewish doctor, a contemporary of Herzl’s—Sigmund Freud—who invented psychoanalysis. In this course, we will explore works by important German-Jewish artists and intellectuals, in addition to those already mentioned, such as Heinrich Heine, Franz Kafka, Charlotte Salomon, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Gershom Scholem. Course readings will include prose literature, poetry, philosophy, political theory, theology, psychoanalysis, and painting.

All readings and discussion in English. No prerequisites.

 

Hebrew Language Courses 

HEB 002: Elementary Hebrew
Instructor: Itay Eisinger

Units: 4
A&H, OL, WC 
MTWRF 3:10-4:00 PM, Physics Building 148
Speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing fundamentals of modern Hebrew.

HEB 022: Intermediate Modern Hebrew II
Instructor: Itay Eisinger
Units: 4
A&H, OL, WC 
MTWR 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Continued development of grammar, composition, language skills required for reading literary texts and conversing about contemporary topics at an advanced level. History of the Hebrew language. Further development of writing and translating skills.

 

Spring 2023 Jewish Studies Courses

Undergraduate Courses 

RST 012: Emergence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Instructor: Benjamin Fisher

Units: 4

TR 2:10-4:00 PM, Hunt 110

History of religion in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, from the Persian period through the rise of Islam. Emphasis on historical and social contexts of the formation of new traditions, in particular Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.