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  • Jewish Studies
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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    Some courses are special topics or rotating topics courses. Students should make certain that the course taught under such headings has appropriate Jewish studies content. The Center for Jewish Studies provides a list of courses each semester.

    AML 4685 Race and Ethnicity
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits.
    Variable topics examine issues, movements, forms or themes related to race and ethnicity in American literature. Topics may include Pacific Rim cultures in America, Chicano-Latino literature, the Black Arts Movement, constructing Native America, border-crossing and migration, post-war Jewish fiction, literature and the psychology of prejudice, comparative representations of racial and ethnic experience, representing whiteness, literatures of assimilation and multi-racial identities.
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    ANT 3241 Anthropology of Religion
    Credits: 3.
    Cross-cultural survey of beliefs and practices dealing with the supernatural, magic, and religion. Conceptualization of the supernatural. Sacred specialists, their function, and social position. Theories of comparative religion in light of anthropological data. (S and D)
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    CPO 4000 Selected Studies in Comparative Politics
    Credits: 3.
    Variable topics in comparative politics; precise course content will be announced in advance. (S and N)
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    ENG 4135 National Cinemas
    Credits: 4; can be repeated with change in content up to 12 credits.
    Variable topics study of the films of historically important national cinemas, such as American, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese.
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    EUH 3033 History of the Holocaust
    Credits: 3.
    Origins of anti-Semitism in central Europe and the execution of the Holocaust by Nazi Germany. Examines the ideology of the Nazi leaders and the role of the SS, Army, Police, and ordinary citizens in perpetrating genocide. (H and N) (WR)
    EUH 4464 Twentieth Century Germany
    Credits: 3.
    Collapse of the monarchy and tribulations of the Weimar Republic. Examines Hitler's seizure of power, and of social, political, and ideological aspects of the Third Reich. The two Germanies to the fall of the Berlin Wall. (H and N) (WR)
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    HBR 1130 Beginning Modern Hebrew 1
    Credits: 5.
    Beginning Hebrew covers four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. For those with no prior exposure to the language. Those with previous study of or exposure to Hebrew must enroll in HBR 2132 Hebrew for Heritage Learners 1.
    HBR 1131 Beginning Modern Hebrew 2
    Credits: 5; Prereq: refer to the department.
    Continues the beginning Hebrew course covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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    HBR 2132 Hebrew for Heritage Learners 1
    Credits: 5.
    For those with significant speaking and listening background in modern Hebrew; emphasizes reading and writing. Covers first-year Hebrew in one semester.
    HBR 2133 Hebrew for Heritage Learners 2
    Credits: 5; Prereq: HBR 2132 with minimum grade of C or S, or the equivalent.
    Covers the first and second semester of second-year modern Hebrew. Those who successfully complete this course are eligible for HBR 3410.
    HBR 2220 Intermediate Modern Hebrew 1
    Credits: 4; Prereq: HBR 1131 with minimum grade of C or S, or the equivalent.
    Intermediate Hebrew study covers four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with new vocabulary and grammar.
    HBR 2221 Intermediate Modern Hebrew 2
    Credits: 4; Prereq: HBR 2220 with minimum grade of C or S, or the equivalent.
    Continues intermediate Hebrew covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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    HBR 3410 Advanced Modern Hebrew 1
    Credits: 3; Prereq: HBR 222 or HBR 2133 with minimum grade of C or S, or the equivalent.
    Advanced study of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with attention to more complex structures. (H and N)
    HBR 3411 Advanced Modern Hebrew 2
    Credits: 3; Prereq: HBR 3410 with minimum grade of C or S, or the equivalent.
    Continues advanced Hebrew study of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing with attention to more complex structures. (H and N)
    HBR 4905 Individual Work
    Credits: 1 to 5; Prereq: refer to the department.
    Individual work on an approved topic.
    HBR 4930 Special Topics
    Credits: 3.
    Proseminar of variable content providing an opportunity for in-depth study of special topics in Israeli literature, history, or culture.
    HBR 4956 Overseas Studies
    Credits: 1 to 15; can be repeated with change in content up to 15 credits. Prereq: undergraduate advisor permission.
    Provides a mechanism by which coursework taken as part of an approved study abroad program can be recorded on the UF transcript and counted toward graduation.
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    HBT 3223 Identity and Dissent in the Hebrew Short Story
    Credits: 3.
    Traces the tension between the individual and the collective in Zionist/Israeli society over the last 100-plus years as illustrated in Hebrew short fiction.
    HBT 3233 Israeli History and the Contemporary Novel
    Credits: 3.
    Studies Israeli history through the lens of the contemporary novel.
    HBT 3563 Women in Modern Hebrew Fiction
    Credits: 3.
    Depictions of women in 20th century Hebrew fiction.
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    HMW 3201 Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature 2
    Credits: 3.
    More contemporary texts, including recently published stories and poems. Class is instructed in Hebrew.
    HMW 4200 Readings in Modern Hebrew Literature 1
    Credits: 3; Prereq: HBR 3411 or equivalent.
    Readings in modern Hebrew novels, short fiction and poetry. While the study of literature is emphasized, some language work is presented to help with reading comprehension. Texts and instruction are in Hebrew.
    HMW 4201 Readings in Modern Hebrew Literature 2
    Credits: 3; Prereq: HMW 4200 or equivalent.
    Readings in modern Hebrew texts, including recently published stories and poems. Class is instructed in Hebrew.
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    JST 2930 Special Topics in Jewish Studies
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Selected topics in the study of Jewish civilization.
    JST 3821 Israeli Society
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing.
    Introduces major themes in dynamics of contemporary Israeli society. Juxtaposition of the different subjective points of view and motivations of the various actors involved.
    JST 3845 Israelis and Palestinians
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing.
    Discussion of Israeli-Palestinian interactions with a focus on the way collective identities are shaped by the conflict. Historically outlines development of the conflict from the beginning of the Zionist immigration to Palestine to present day and includes thematic analysis of its sociological dynamics.
    JST 3930 Special Topics in Jewish Studies
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 12 credits.
    Variable topics in Jewish thought, history, literature and culture as represented in classified Jewish texts, Jewish law, Jewish ethics, folklore, Hasidism and Holocaust literature. (WR)
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    JST 4905 Individual Work in Jewish Studies
    Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    For advanced students who desire supplemental reading or research under guidance.
    JST 4936 Colloquium in Jewish Studies
    Credits: 3; Prereq: REL 2600 or the equivalent, junior or senior standing and instructor permission.
    Colloquium in Jewish studies designed to enhance knowledge of the development and significance of Jewish civilization.
    JST 4940 Internship in Jewish Studies
    Credits: 1 to 6; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: REL 2600 or the equivalent, junior/senior standing and instructor permission.
    Preapproved internship with Jewish communal, educational or service institutions. Only 3 credits of JST 4940 can count toward a Jewish studies major or minor. (S-U)
    JST 4956 Overseas Studies
    Credits: 1 to 18; can be repeated with change in content up to 18 credits. Prereq: undergraduate advisor permission.
    Provides a mechanism by which coursework taken as part of an approved study abroad program can be recorded on the UF transcript and counted toward graduation.
    JST 4970 Senior Honors Thesis
    Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 3 credits.
    Directed research leading to submission of an honors thesis. Work completed under the supervision of a Jewish studies faculty member. Students can register for one semester (3 credits) or two (1 and 2 credits respectively). Required for magna or summa cum laude designation.
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    LIT 3173 Jewish Literature
    Credits: 3; can be repeated once with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Variable topics in the Jewish literary experience, from the biblical narrative and classical tales to Yiddish and Hebrew literature, the modern European novel, and American Jewish fiction. (H and N)
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    MUH 3621 Jewish Art Music in Western Culture
    Credits: 3. Prereq: written instructor permission.
    Cultural history of western art music inspired by Jewish subjects, Biblical and non-Biblical, composed by both Jewish and non-Jewish composers, and a survey of Jewish performing musicians from the Renaissance to the present. (H and N)
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    POS 4291 Religion and Politics in the United States
    Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
    Investigates the role of religious institutions, values and communities in contemporary American political life. (WR)
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    REL 2000 Introduction to Religion
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces the historical underpinnings, geographical movement, development and current expression of a variety of religious traditions.
    REL 2104 Environmental Ethics
    Credits: 3.
    Explores competing secular and religious views regarding human impacts on and moral responsibilities toward nature and of the key thinkers and social movements in contention over them. (H) (WR)
    REL 2210 Hebrew Scriptures
    Credits: 3.
    The history, literature, and beliefs of the Israelites from the Biblical text in the light of modern scholarship. (H)
    REL 2302 Introduction to Hindu Culture
    Credits: 3.
    The history, performing arts and cultural expressions of the Hindu traditions in India and in the Diaspora.
    REL 2388 Indigenous Religions of the Americas
    Credits: 3.
    The religious values, attitudes and norms of Native American peoples within the United States. (H) (WR)
    REL 2600 Introduction to Judaism
    Credits: 3.
    Multidisciplinary approach to the Jewish experience from its Biblical origins to modern times.
    REL 3128 Latinos in the United States
    Credits: 3.
    Surveys the history of Latino presence in the U.S. and examines the roles religion has played.
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    REL 3213 Hebrew Bible as Literature
    Credits: 3.
    Intensive introduction to the literary study of the Hebrew Bible within the context of ancient Near Eastern literature and history.
    REL 3231 The Book of Job
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Examines the biblical book of Job and the ongoing tradition of its interpretation.
    REL 3234 Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible
    Credits: 3.
    Examines ancient Israelite and early Jewish wisdom literature alongside similar literature from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.
    REL 3291 Gender and the Hebrew Bible
    Credits: 3.
    Critical examination of the literary representation and historical realities of gender and sexuality in ancient Israel through close readings of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible.
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    REL 3321 Early Judaism and Christianity
    Credits: 3.
    Examines the Jewish-Christian encounter. The historical interaction between Judaism and Christianity including how each group symbolized the other, and the practical implications of the representations. (H and N) (WR)
    REL 3392 Jewish Mysticism
    Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
    Mysticism in Judaism in Biblical, Rabbinic, Medieval and Modern periods. (H) (WR)
    REL 3395 Religion and Violence
    Credits: 3.
    Explores the problem of violence that springs from religious roots in Western, Asian, African and Native American traditions. (H and N) (WR)
    REL 3938 Special Topics in Religion
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 12 credits.
    Special topics in religion. (H) (WR)
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    REL 4092 Ethics, Utopias and Dystopias
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Examines relationships between ethics and utopias in literature, religious communities and millenarian movements. (H) (WR)
    REL 4209 Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Jewish Literature
    Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
    Explores the varieties of literature that arose within Judaism from 250 BCE to 220 CE, including selections from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the OT Pseudepigrapha, Philo and Josephus. (H)
    REL 4221 The Pentateuch
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: instructor permission.
    In-depth study of the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy) in light of modern biblical scholarship.
    REL 4293 Special Topics in Biblical Studies
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits.
    Advanced study of special topics for students with previous courses in biblical studies. (WR)
    REL 4433 Religion and Existentialism
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    In-depth exploration of the main works of various existentialist thinkers with a particular emphasis on their views of religion.
    REL 4490 Special Topics in Religious Thought
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits.
    Special topics in religious thought. (WR)
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    REL 4611 Israelite Religion
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Comparative survey of literary, historical, ritual and material aspects of ancient Israelite religion with evidence from Canaan, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome.
    REL 4625 Early Rabbinic Judaism
    Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
    Critical and historicized introduction to the rabbinic texts of Mishnah, Midrash and Talmud. Emphasizes the growth and development of the rabbinic movement, and upon reading practices. (H and N)
    REL 4936 Special Topics in Religious Studies
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits.
    Advanced study for those with proper preparation of selected topics involving one or more religious traditions. (WR)
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