Spring 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEBR 102-01 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Daniela Tomer
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent.
0930:MTWRF   EASTC 212
Courses Offered in JDST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JDST 104-01 Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 104-01. See course description with RELG 104 listing.
1130:MWF   DENNY 110
JDST 107-01 New Testament in Context
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 107-01. A critical examination and attempt to understand the New Testament as the written traditions which articulated the faith, expectations, and actions of the early Christians as they responded within Jewish and Greek culture to the historical events of their day, and especially as they responded to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This course is cross-listed as RELG 107.
0930:MWF   STERN 103
JDST 216-01 Jewish Masculinities
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 241-01 and WGST 201-04.From Samson to Seinfeld, how has Jewish masculinity been constructed? This course surveys Biblical, rabbinic, early modern, modern and postmodern sources to examine the manifold forms that Jewish masculinity has assumed throughout history. In the latter part of the course, we will analyze representations of Jewish men in film and television, with particular attention to the influence of the feminist movement, the effects of acculturation, and the differences between American and Israeli male stereotypes.
1030:TR   ASBELL SEM
JDST 216-02 Jews & Fashion
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 241-02.
1330:TF   ASBELL SEM
JDST 216-03 Israel the Start-up Nation
Instructor: Anat Beck
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INBM 300-09 and MEST 200-03.Israel has originated more companies on the New York Stock Exchange than any other nation besides the United States and China. It enjoys the largest established venture-capital industry outside Silicon Valley (with $4 billion investments annually), high rates of innovation, growth, and new firm formation. This course will explore the economic miracle that Israel experienced in 2000. How did Israel transform its economy from a global basket case, whose market focused primarily on agriculture and artillery, with an inflation rate of 500% per year and the worlds record largest foreign debt per capita of $21 billion, into a high-tech powerhouse? We will discuss the ways in which Israel was able to revolutionize its market so that Tel Aviv trumped Boston as the urban area with the most venture activity following San Francisco. The course will be based on multiple teaching methods. Theoretical presentations will be used, as well as discussions of readings from academic journals, movies and guests lecturers. There will also be a session on creativity and innovation, where each student will be able to examine her entrepreneurial orientation and intentions.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 201
JDST 240-01 Women, Gender and Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 250-02 and WGST 201-03. This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion and culture. Starting with the representation of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, we study the highly differentiated gender roles maintained by traditional Jewish culture, and examine the role American feminism has played in challenging those traditional roles. We will also study gender issues in contemporary Israeli society, such as the politics of marriage and divorce, public prayer and gender in the military. Some knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history is helpful, but not required as a prerequisite for this course.
1230:MWF   DENNY 110
JDST 243-01 Dead Sea Scrolls
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 243-01. The discovery of a cache of ancient scrolls in 1947 in caves near the Dead Sea led to a revolution in the study of Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins. This course will focus on these texts, situating them in the context of the history of Judaism from the Hellenistic period through the first century C.E. What do they reveal about beliefs and institutions of the Essenes, the enigmatic community which produced them? What was life like at Qumran, the Essene community's center? How did the sect start, how did it differ from mainstream Judaism, and what was its vision of the future? What possible connections existed between the Essene community and the emergence of Christianity? How have the Dead Sea scrolls contributed to the study of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament? This course is cross-listed as RELG 243.
0900:TR   STERN 103
JDST 316-01 Messiahs, Mystics and Heretics
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 316-01.
1330:W   EASTC 102
Courses Offered in INBM
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
INBM 300-09 Israel the Start-up Nation
Instructor: Anat Beck
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 216-03 and MEST 200-03.Israel has originated more companies on the New York Stock Exchange than any other nation besides the United States and China. It enjoys the largest established venture-capital industry outside Silicon Valley (with $4 billion investments annually), high rates of innovation, growth, and new firm formation. This course will explore the economic miracle that Israel experienced in 2000. How did Israel transform its economy from a global basket case, whose market focused primarily on agriculture and artillery, with an inflation rate of 500% per year and the worlds record largest foreign debt per capita of $21 billion, into a high-tech powerhouse? We will discuss the ways in which Israel was able to revolutionize its market so that Tel Aviv trumped Boston as the urban area with the most venture activity following San Francisco. The course will be based on multiple teaching methods. Theoretical presentations will be used, as well as discussions of readings from academic journals, movies and guests lecturers. There will also be a session on creativity and innovation, where each student will be able to examine her entrepreneurial orientation and intentions.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 201
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 200-03 Israel the Start-up Nation
Instructor: Anat Beck
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INBM 300-09 and JDST 216-03.Israel has originated more companies on the New York Stock Exchange than any other nation besides the United States and China. It enjoys the largest established venture-capital industry outside Silicon Valley (with $4 billion investments annually), high rates of innovation, growth, and new firm formation. This course will explore the economic miracle that Israel experienced in 2000. How did Israel transform its economy from a global basket case, whose market focused primarily on agriculture and artillery, with an inflation rate of 500% per year and the worlds record largest foreign debt per capita of $21 billion, into a high-tech powerhouse? We will discuss the ways in which Israel was able to revolutionize its market so that Tel Aviv trumped Boston as the urban area with the most venture activity following San Francisco. The course will be based on multiple teaching methods. Theoretical presentations will be used, as well as discussions of readings from academic journals, movies and guests lecturers. There will also be a session on creativity and innovation, where each student will be able to examine her entrepreneurial orientation and intentions.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 201
Courses Offered in RELG
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 104-01 Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 104-01. A basic course in the history, basic beliefs and practices, and modern manifestations of Judaism as a religion. The course concerns itself with the interactions of Judaism and other world religions, notably Christianity. This course is cross-listed as JDST 104.
1130:MWF   DENNY 110
RELG 107-01 New Testament in Context
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 107-01. A critical examination and attempt to understand the New Testament as the written traditions which articulated the faith, expectations, and actions of the early Christians as they responded within Jewish and Greek culture to the historical events of their day, and especially as they responded to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This course is cross-listed as JDST 107.
0930:MWF   STERN 103
RELG 241-01 Jewish Masculinities
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 216-01 and WGST 201-04.From Samson to Seinfeld, how has Jewish masculinity been constructed? This course surveys Biblical, rabbinic, early modern, modern and postmodern sources to examine the manifold forms that Jewish masculinity has assumed throughout history. In the latter part of the course, we will analyze representations of Jewish men in film and television, with particular attention to the influence of the feminist movement, the effects of acculturation, and the differences between American and Israeli male stereotypes.
1030:TR   ASBELL SEM
RELG 241-02 Jews & Fashion
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 216-02.
1330:TF   ASBELL SEM
RELG 243-01 Dead Sea Scrolls
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 243-01. The discovery of a cache of ancient scrolls in 1947 in caves near the Dead Sea led to a revolution in the study of Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins. This course will focus on these texts, situating them in the context of the history of Judaism from the Hellenistic period through the first century C.E. What do they reveal about beliefs and institutions of the Essenes, the enigmatic community which produced them? What was life like at Qumran, the Essene community's center? How did the sect start, how did it differ from mainstream Judaism, and what was its vision of the future? What possible connections existed between the Essene community and the emergence of Christianity? How have the Dead Sea scrolls contributed to the study of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament? This course is cross-listed as JDST 243.
0900:TR   STERN 103
RELG 250-02 Women, Gender and Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 240-01 and WGST 201-03.This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion and culture. Starting with the representation of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, we study the highly differentiated gender roles maintained by traditional Jewish culture, and examine the role American feminism has played in challenging those traditional roles. We will also study gender issues in contemporary Israeli society, such as the politics of marriage and divorce, public prayer and gender in the military. Some knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history is helpful, but not required as a prerequisite for this course.
1230:MWF   DENNY 110
RELG 316-01 Messiahs, Mystics and Heretics
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 316-01.
1330:W   EASTC 102
Courses Offered in WGST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WGST 201-03 Women, Gender and Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 240-01 and RELG 250-02.This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion and culture. Starting with the representation of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, we study the highly differentiated gender roles maintained by traditional Jewish culture, and examine the role American feminism has played in challenging those traditional roles. We will also study gender issues in contemporary Israeli society, such as the politics of marriage and divorce, public prayer and gender in the military. Some knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history is helpful, but not required as a prerequisite for this course.
1230:MWF   DENNY 110
WGST 201-04 Jewish Masculinities
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 216-01 and RELG 241-01.From Samson to Seinfeld, how has Jewish masculinity been constructed? This course surveys Biblical, rabbinic, early modern, modern and postmodern sources to examine the manifold forms that Jewish masculinity has assumed throughout history. In the latter part of the course, we will analyze representations of Jewish men in film and television, with particular attention to the influence of the feminist movement, the effects of acculturation, and the differences between American and Israeli male stereotypes.
1030:TR   ASBELL SEM