Jewish Studies Courses

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Fall 2020

English 112 - World Literature: Ancient (73570) - T/Th 10-11:50 am, FFS 208B, Michael Adisasmito-Smith. Satisfies GE Integration: IC.

English 116/Philosophy 134 - Literature of the Old Testament (72546 & 72545) - M/W 4-5:50 pm, Speech Arts 154, Robert Maldonado.

English 179 – Multi-Ethnic American Literature (72943)  
M/W 2-3:50 pm, FFS 208B, Venita Blackburn.

History 107 – Modern Middle East (71293)
T/Th 9:30-10:45 am, Social Sciences 110, Julia Shatz.

History 179T – Jews in American Film (76045)
T 6-8:50 pm, Social Sciences 104, Jill Fields.

Humanities 118 – Folklore and Fascism (Folklore in Contemporary Life) (73544). T/Th 8-9:15 am, FFS 315, Amila Becirbegovic.  Satisfies GE Integration: IC.

Jewish Studies 100W – Writing and the Jewish Experience (71296)
T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Social Sciences 104, Jill Fields. Meets the upper division writing requirement for graduation.

Pax 100 – Peace & Conflict Studies (73104 & 73654)
T/Th 9:30-10:45 am & T/Th 11-12:15 pm, LAB School 133, Negin Tahvildary. Satisfies GE Integration: ID.

Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion (72823 & 73043)
T/Th 9:30-10:45 & T/Th 11-12:15 pm, FFS 317, Aldea Mulhern.

Philosophy 158 – Judaism (73675)
T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Science 2, Rm. 210, Aldea Mulhern.

Sociology 111 – Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (71056, 76452, 71327, 76769). T/Th 11-12:15 pm, SA 153, Andrew Levine; Tu 6:30-9:20 pm, Fresno State Visalia Campus, Matt Jendian; TBA, Digital Campus, Amber Crowell; TBA, Digital Campus, Staff.

Sociology 169 – Sociology of Religion (76163)
MWF 1-1:50 pm, Speech Arts Bldg. 153, Timothy Cupery.

Community Service 101 - Community Service Internship (75867)
To set up your internship, contact Jill Fields (jfields@csufresno.edu). You may enroll in 1-3 units, for up to 3 units total if taken again.

Spring 2020

English 112 - World Literature: Ancient (32308) - T/Th 12-1:50 pm, FFS 208B, Michael Adisasmito-Smith. Satisfies GE Integration: IC.

History 102T- Jewish Women and Popular Culture (36377) - Tuesdays nights 6-8:50 pm, Social Sciences 103, Jill Fields

History 140 - Holocaust (30865) - MWF 4-4:50 pm, Social Sciences 110,  Melissa Jordine

German 160T - Visualing German History: Comics & Film (37067) Tuesday nights 4-6:50 pm, PHS 246, Amila Becirbegovic.  

Jewish Studies 10 - Jewish Civilizations (30925) - T/Th 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm, Social Sciences 210, James Russell. Satisfies GE Breadth: D3 Satisfies lower division major requirement for History

Jewish Studies 100W - Writing about the Jewish Experience (30926)  T/Th 2-3:15 pm, Social Sciences 103, Jill Fields. Meets the upper-division writing requirement for graduation

Pax 100 - Peace & Conflict Studies (33360) T/Th 11-12:15 pm, LAB School 133, Negin Tahvildary. Satisfies GE Integration: ID

Philosophy 131 - Comparative Religion (32723 & 33629) MW 2-315pm, Speech Arts 163, Aldea Mulhern. MW 3:30-4:45 pm, Speech Arts 163, Aldea Mulhern

Sociology 111 - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (36822, 30559, 36340) T/Th 9:30-10:45 am, Speech Arts 153, Staff. T/Th 12:30-1:45 pm, Speech Arts 153, Matt Jendian. T/Th 3:30-4:45 pm, Social Sciences 111, Matt Jendian

*Women's Studies 102T - Jewish Women and Popular Culture (36382) Tuesdays nights 6-8:50 pm, Social Sciences 103, Jill Fields

Community Service 101 - Community Service Internship To set up your internship, contact Jill Fields

 

 

Catalog Descriptions

Lower Division

Hebrew 1A/Hebrew 1B: Elementary Hebrew (3 Units). Basic structure and pronunciation of Hebrew; practice in reading, writing, speaking, and grammar; suitable introduction to both Biblical and modern Hebrew.  GE Breadth: C2.

Jewish Studies 10: Jewish Civilization (3 Units). An overview of Jewish Civilization from ancient to modern times that focuses on specific themes, events, and ideas that have shaped global developments in Jewish history, culture, and society within both Jewish community and minority status contexts.  GE Breadth: D3.

 Upper Division

English 116: Literature of the Old Testament (4 Units). (ENGL 116 same as PHIL 134.) Discussion and written analyses of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible. Special attention to the sources and styles of biblical literary techniques.

History 103: History of Early Christianity (3 Units).Early Christianity from the first century to eve of Reformation.

History 107: Modern Middle East (3 Units). Analysis of Middle Eastern history since Muhammad, with emphasis upon the 19th and 20th centuries. The Middle East under European imperial domination; nationalist movements and revolutions; the Arab‑Israeli conflict; the Middle East in contemporary world politics.

History 115: Ancient Israel (3 Units). Ancient Israel from Abraham to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Jewish religious thought is discussed by placing the books of the Old Testament in their historical context.

History 140: Holocaust (3 Units). This course discusses the rise of National Socialism in Germany, the origins of the persecution and murder of Jews, ghettos, concentration and death camps in Germany and Eastern Europe, and the aftermath, including the Nuremberg Trials.

History 154: Jewish American Popular Culture (3 Units). (Same as JS 154) Study of Jewish immigrant and subsequent Jewish American contributions to entertainment and other forms of popular culture from New York to Hollywood, particularly in film, music, and comedy. Prerequisite: G.E. Breadth Area D.  GE Integration: ID.

History 181: Anti-Semitism from Medieval to Modern World (3 Units). (Same as MCJ 181) Examination and critical analysis of anti‑Semitic thought and ideology from the medieval world to the present day. Studies the origins and effects of anti‑Semitic views and writings in a wider context.

History 186: American Immigration and Ethnic History (3 Units). Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Covers America, land of immigrants. American immigration policy, regulations, and implementation. Ethnic formation and heritage retention or loss. Pluralism, assimilation, and national unity: e Pluribus Unum. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

Jewish Studies 100W: Writing and the Jewish Experience (3 Units). Prerequisite: English Composition (ENGL 5A/B or 10) with a "C" grade or higher.  Survey of the Jewish American experience.  Emphasis on research methods, evaluation of evidence, and writing mechanics and exposition.  Meets the upper-division writing skills requirement for graduation.

Jewish Studies 154: Jewish American Popular Culture (3 Units). (Same as HIST 154) Study of Jewish immigrant and subsequent Jewish American contributions to entertainment and other forms of popular culture from New York to Hollywood, particularly in film, music, and comedy.  Prerequisite: G.E. Breadth Area D.  GE Integration: ID.

Mass Communication & Journalism 177T: Anti-Semitism from Medieval to Modern World (3 Units). (Same as HIST 181) Examination and critical analysis of anti‑Semitic thought and ideology from the medieval world to the present day. Studies the origins and effects of anti‑Semitic views and writings in a wider context.

Peace and Conflict Studies 100: Peace and Conflict (3 Units). It provides an overview of the causes and types of conflict. A critical examination of issues related to war, peace, and justice. Principled negotiation; cultural awareness. (Formerly INTD 180)

Philosophy 131: Comparative Religion (3 Units). Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. A study of major religions of the world, their traditions, teachings, influential texts, methodological and comparative approaches. Emphasis on major Western and non‑Western religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.

Philosophy 134: Literature of the Old Testament (4 Units). (ENGL 116 same as PHIL 134.) Discussion and written analyses of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible. Special attention to the sources and styles of biblical literacy techniques.

Philosophy 158: Judaism (3 Units). Introduction to Judaism, including Torah, Jerusalem, Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, synagogue, Orthodox, Reform, Halakha, Passover, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, anti‑Semitism, and Holocaust.

Sociology 169: Sociology of Religion (3 Units). Major sects, denominations, and churches; integrative and disintegrative processes in the United States; contemporary religious phenomena.

Topics Courses: Relevant topics courses offered in any field are eligible for credit with the approval of the Jewish Studies Program Coordinator.  Recent topics courses include Greek 131T: Josephus, Philosophy 170T: Philosophy and Diaspora, and Political Science 179T: Politics of the Middle East.

Serving Learning Internship. Community Service Internship (COMS 101) or an approved internship course in any major of at least 3 units may satisfy one upper-division course requirement for the Jewish Studies Minor (internship subject to approval by the Jewish Studies Program Coordinator).  COMS 101 provides a community service‑learning experience to help students develop personal, professional, and academic knowledge and skills. CR/NC grading only. (1-3 units).

Fall 2019

English 112 -- World Literature: Ancient

 

English 116/Philosophy 134 -- Literature of the Old Testament  

 

English 179 – Multi-Ethnic American Literature

 

German 160T -- Multi-Cultural Germany: Migration and Media

 

Hebrew 1A – Basic Hebrew

 

History 107 – Modern Middle East  

 

History 154 – Jewish American Popular Culture  

 

History 179T – Jews in American Film  

 

History 186 -- American Immigration & Ethnic History 

 

Humanities 118 -- Folklore and Fascism (Folklore in Contemporary Life)

 

Jewish Studies 10 – Jewish Civilizations  

 

Jewish Studies 100W – Writing about the Jewish Experience

 

Pax 100 – Peace & Conflict Studies

 

Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion

 

Sociology 111 -- Sociology of Race & Ethnicity  

 

Political Science 144T – Middle East Politics & Policy  

 

Community Service 101 - Community Service Internship

 

 Spring 2019

English 112 - World Literature: Ancient 

Analysis of texts (in translation) from c. 1650 BCE-750 CE, from areas such as China, India, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. Possible topics: epics and empires, civilization and wilderness, lyric experience, dramatizations of love and terror, and quests for wisdom

Hebrew 1B – Basic Hebrew 

Basic structure and pronunciation of Hebrew; practice in reading, writing, speaking, and grammar; suitable introduction to both Biblical and modern Hebrew.

History 109T – Gender, Sexuality, & Family in the Modern Middle East 

 

History 154/Jewish Studies 154 – Jewish American Popular Culture 

Study of Jewish immigrants and subsequent Jewish American contributions to entertainment and other forms of popular culture from New York to Hollywood, particularly in film, music, and comedy

History 140 -- Holocaust 

This course discusses the rise of National Socialism in Germany, the origins of the persecution and murder of Jews, ghettos, concentration and death camps in Germany and Eastern Europe, and the aftermath, including the Nuremberg Trials.

History 146 – Gendered Perspectives on U.S. 

This course will examine how scholars have understood the concept of gender and/or womanhood in U.S. immigration. It will also explore how gendered ideals inform the family, work-life, social networks, and public policy of immigrant women in America.

Humanities 118 – Folklore and Fascism (Folklore in Contemporary Life) 

Interdisciplinary study of the role of folklore in modern life, its power to communicate critical issues through expressive culture, e.g., jokes, legends, folksongs, graphic arts, and festival; focus on the intellectual currents influencing the study of folklore. 

Jewish Studies 10 – Jewish Civilizations 

An overview of Jewish civilization from ancient to modern times that focuses on specific themes, events, and ideas that have shaped global developments in Jewish history, culture, and society within both Jewish community and minority status contexts.

Jewish Studies 100W – Writing about the Jewish Experience 

Survey of the Jewish experience. Emphasis on research methods, evaluation of evidence, and writing mechanics and exposition. Meets the upper-division writing skills requirement for graduation.

PAX 100 – Peace & Conflict Studies 

Provides an overview of causes and types of conflict. Critical examination of issues related to war, peace, and justice. Principled negotiation; cultural awareness. 

Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion 

A study of major religions of the world, their traditions, teachings, influential texts, methodological and comparative approaches. Emphasis on major Western and non-Western religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 

Community Service 101 - Community Service Internship 

 

Fall 2018

Armenian Studies 120T -- Armenian Genocide in Comparative Perspective 

Specialized topics in Armenian history, art, and culture, not normally covered in other Armenian Studies courses. Topics include the Armenian church, minor arts, film, the Diaspora, and the Genocide.

English 50T -- Apocalypse 

Sections designated as emphasizing certain writers, types, or themes, e.g., Shakespeare, The Poem, Literature of Protest, Women in Novels. Appropriate readings and analyses.

English 179 – Multi-Ethnic American Literature 

Discussion and written analysis of selected poems, plays, fiction, and memoir by authors from several American ethnic backgrounds, such as African American, American Indian, Latino/Hispanic American, Asian American.

Hebrew 1A – Basic Hebrew 

Basic structure and pronunciation of Hebrew; practice in reading, writing, speaking, and grammar; suitable introduction to both Biblical and modern Hebrew.

History 107 – Modern Middle East 

Analysis of Middle Eastern history since Muhammad, with emphasis upon the 19th and 20th centuries. The Middle East under European imperial domination; nationalist movements and revolutions; the Arab-Israeli conflict; the Middle East in contemporary world politics.

History 179T – Jews in American Film 

History of Jews in American cinema and also the participation of Jews as producers, directors, writers, actors, critics, and audiences of Hollywood film. Film screenings, readings, discussions and written assignments reference the larger context of the Jewish American experience, including single themes such as immigration and acculturation, facing and fighting anti-Semitism, secularization and intermarriage, religious practices and communities, and identities in the diaspora.

Jewish Studies 10 – Jewish Civilizations 

An overview of Jewish civilization from ancient to modern times that focuses on specific themes, events, and ideas that have shaped global developments in Jewish history, culture, and society within both Jewish community and minority status contexts.

Jewish Studies 100W – Writing about the Jewish Experience 

Survey of the Jewish experience. Emphasis on research methods, evaluation of evidence, and writing mechanics and exposition. Meets the upper-division writing skills requirement for graduation.

Jewish Studies 181/Mass Communications & Journalism 177T 

Examination and critical analysis of anti-Semitic thought and ideology from the medieval world to the present day. Studies the origins and effects of anti-Semitic views and writings in a wider context. 

PAX 100 – Peace & Conflict Studies 

Provides an overview of causes and types of conflict. Critical examination of issues related to war, peace, and justice. Principled negotiation; cultural awareness.

Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion 

A study of major religions of the world, their traditions, teachings, influential texts, methodological and comparative approaches. Emphasis on major Western and non-Western religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Philosophy 134/English 116 – Literature of the Old 

Discussion and written analyses of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible. Special attention to the sources and styles of biblical literacy techniques.

Philosophy 158 – Judaism 

Introduction to Judaism, including Torah, Jerusalem, Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, synagogue, Orthodox, Reform, Halakha, Passover, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, anti-Semitism, and Holocaust.

Sociology 169 – Sociology of Religion 

Major sects, denominations, and churches; integrative and disintegrative processes in the United States; contemporary religious phenomena

Community Service 101 - Community Service Internship 

 

Spring 2018

German 160T - Movies go to War: Post WII German Cinema

This course outlines how migrants engage with Germany's WWII past while coming to terms with their own history. This course offers a new perspective on issues of German identity and the evolving discourses on Holocaust memory by building on contemporary contributions from authors and artists who engage with two histories simultaneously; with the history of Germany during and after WWII and with the histories of their own countries. This historical entanglement sheds light on what it means to be German by involving the voices of migrants in the telling of Germany's past, present, and future 

History 140 – Holocaust 

This course discusses the rise of National Socialism in Germany, the origins of the persecution and murder of Jews, ghettos, concentration and death camps in Germany and Eastern Europe, and the aftermath, including the Nuremberg Trials.

History 146 – Gendered Perspectives on U.S. Immigration 

This course will examine how scholars have understood the concept of gender and/or womanhood in U.S. immigration. It will also explore how gendered ideals inform the family, work-life, social networks, and public policy of immigrant women in America. 

History 154 – Jewish American Popular Culture 

Study of Jewish immigrants and subsequent Jewish American contributions to entertainment and other forms of popular culture from New York to Hollywood, particularly in film, music, and comedy.

Humanities 118 – Folklore and Fascism 

Interdisciplinary study of the role of folklore in modern life, its power to communicate critical issues through expressive culture, e.g., jokes, legends, folksongs, graphic arts, and festival; focus on the intellectual currents influencing the study of folklore.

Jewish Studies 10 – Jewish Civilizations 

An overview of Jewish civilization from ancient to modern times that focuses on specific themes, events, and ideas that have shaped global developments in Jewish history, culture, and society within both Jewish community and minority status contexts.

Jewish Studies 100W – Writing About the Jewish Experience 

Survey of the Jewish experience. Emphasis on research methods, evaluation of evidence, and writing mechanics and exposition. Meets the upper-division writing skills requirement for graduation.

PAX 100 – Peace & Conflict 

Provides an overview of causes and types of conflict. A critical examination of issues related to war, peace, and justice. Principled negotiation; cultural awareness. 

Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion 

A study of major religions of the world, their traditions, teachings, influential texts, methodological and comparative approaches. Emphasis on major Western and non‑Western religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Political Science 144T – Middle East Politics & Policy 

The course will examine three primary topics on Middle East politics: 1) The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 1918-today; 2) The rise of Islamic political movements and the "War on Terror"; 3) American Foreign Policy in North Africa and the Middle East.

Sociology 150T – Sociology of Terrorism and Genocide 

Planning for, facilitating and creating an organizational culture conducive to community engagement and volunteer participation requires a manager capable of working collaboratively to build projects that engages special populations - including PWD and formerly incarcerated individuals - in meaningful, goal-directed work that addresses the organization's mission and meets identified need. 

Sociology 169 – Sociology of Religion 

Major sects, denominations, and churches; integrative and disintegrative processes in the United State; contemporary religious phenomena.

Community Service 101 - Community Service Internship 

 

 Fall 2017

English 116 - Literature of the Old Testament

Discussion and written analyses of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible. Special attention to the sources and styles of biblical literary techniques.

English 179 – Multi-Ethnic American Literature 

Discussion and written analysis of selected poems, plays, fiction, and memoir by authors from several American ethnic backgrounds, such as African American, American Indian, Latino/Hispanic American, Asian American.

History 179T – Jews in American Film 

History of Jews in American cinema and also the participation of Jews as producers, directors, writers, actors, critics, and audiences of Hollywood film. Film screenings, readings, discussions, and written assignments reference the larger context of the Jewish American experience, including single themes such as immigration and acculturation, facing and fighting anti-Semitism, secularization and intermarriage, religious practices and communities, and identities in the diaspora

History 186 – American Immigration & Ethnic History 

Covers America, land of immigrants. American immigration policy, regulations, and implementation. Ethnic formation and heritage retention or loss. Pluralism, assimilation, and national unity: e pluribus unum. 

Humanities 118: Folklore in Contemporary Life – Fascism and Folklore  

Interdisciplinary study of the role of folklore in modern life, its power to communicate critical issues through expressive culture, e.g., jokes, legends, folksongs, graphic arts, and festival; focus on the intellectual currents influencing the study of folklore.

PAX 100 – Peace & Conflict 

Provides an overview of causes and types of conflict. Critical examination of issues related to war, peace, and justice. Principled negotiation; cultural awareness

Philosophy 131 – Comparative Religion 

A study of major religions of the world, their traditions, teachings, influential texts, methodological and comparative approaches. Emphasis on major Western and non‑Western religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Philosophy 134 – Literature of the Old Testament 

Discussion and written analyses of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible. Special attention to the sources and styles of biblical literacy techniques.

Community Service 101 - Community Service Internship

 

 Spring 2017

History 140 - Holocaust

The course discusses the rise of National Socialism in Germany, the origins of the persecution and murder of Jews, ghettos, concentration and death camps in Germany and Eastern Europe, and the aftermath, including the Nuremberg Trials

PAX 100 Peace & Conflict

Provides an overview of causes and types of conflict. Critical examination os issues related to war, peace, and justice. Principled negotiation; cultural awareness. 

PHIL 131 Comparative Religion

A study of major religions of the world, their traditions, teachings, influential texts, methodological and comparative approaches. Emphasis on major Western and non-Western religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

SS 150T - Migrants & Refugees in the Modern Middle East

 

CI 101 - Community Service Internship