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Interdisciplinary Courses

World Cultures of the Jews

CAS JS 100 (4 Credits) 

MWF 10:10-11:00 AM

Introduces students to the study of Judaism in its many forms, by exploring Jewish communities across the globe today, their different historical origins and cultural contexts, and strategies of preserving cohesion and transnational solidarity. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration.

Instructor: Professor Ingrid Anderson

Sacred Texts and Comparative Traditions 

The Bible

CAS JS 120 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 101

MWF 11:15 AM -12:05 PM

Introduction to the great canonical anthologies of Jews and Christians. Students will learn to read for historical context and genre conventions; study classical and modern strategies of interpretation; and create a collaborative commentary or piece of “fan-fiction.” Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Creativity/Innovation.

Instructor: Professor Andrew Jacobs

Judaism, Christianity and Islam

CAS JS 121 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 104

TR 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Introduction to the great canonical anthologies of Jews and Christians. Students will learn to read for historical context and genre conventions; study classical and modern strategies of interpretation; and create a collaborative commentary or piece of “fan-fiction.” Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Creativity/Innovation.

Instructor: Professor Jonathan Klawans

Contemporary Jewish Societies and Cultures, incl. Israel Studies

Israel: History, Politics, Culture, Identity

CAS JS 285 (4 Credits) Mts w/CAS HI 392 and CAS LH 284

TR 5:00-6:15 PM

Using a broad array of readings, popular music, documentaries, film and art, this course explores Israel’s political system, culture, and society, including the status of minorities in the Jewish state; post-1967 Israeli settlement projects; and the struggle for Israel’s identity. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing- Intensive Course, The Individual in Community, Critical Thinking.

Instructor: Professor Lotner Lev

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

CAS JS 286 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS HI 393

A1: TR 2:00-3:15 PM
B1: TR 5:00-6:15 PM
C1: MWF 1:25-2:15 PM

History of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, analysis of conflicting narratives through primary sources and film. Students present their own reflections on the conflict and debate possibilities of resolution. Counts toward majors and minors in History, International Relations, Middle East & North Africa Studies, and Jewish Studies. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.

A1 Instructor: Professor Nahum Karlinsky
B1 Instructor: Professor Ingrid Anderson
C1 Instructor: Professor Ingrid Anderson

Environmental Law in Israel and the Mediterranean

CAS JS 387 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS EE 387

TR 3:30-4:45 PM

Principles, theories and tools for environmental law and regulation, and implementation through cases in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean. Through case studies, students critically analyze a range of environmental issues: nature protection, air pollution, marine protection, climate change and more. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU HUB areas: Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking. 

Instructor: Professor Lotner Lev

Building a Democratic Society in the Middle East

CAS PO 330 (4 Credits) 

W 2:30-5:15 PM

The seminar will begin with the question what makes Israel the most controversial society in the world from its foundation in 1948, judging by the amount and nature of coverage it attracts in the media and discussion in international bodies such as the UN. It will explore the circumstances in which the State of Israel was founded and developed, and the character, as well as the record, of Israel as a democracy relative to other democracies, in particular the US. We shall ask how Israel measures to other societies as regards individual freedom, equality, popular sovereignty, and human rights – values universally considered core to a democracy. We shall pay particular attention to the reaction of the world to the pogrom of October 7, 2023, and the war it provoked.

Instructor: Professor Liah Greenfeld

Jewish Literature and Thought

Jewish Literature

CAS JS 136 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS EN 126 and CAS XL 236

TR 12:30 – 1:45 PM

How do changing notions of ethnicity and race, religion, and gender, as well as geographical place define Jewish family and community? Topics include immigration, diaspora, and national culture; patriotism, antisemitism, and multiculturalism; Jewish identities and gender; conversion, assimilation, and acculturation. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.

Instructor: Professor Abigail Gillman

Jewish Mysticism

CAS JS 246 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 326, STH TX 818, GRS RN 626

MWF 12:20-1:10 PM

This course explores the rich world of Jewish Mysticism from its earliest roots to its contemporary expressions in the 21st century. We look at the interaction between Jewish mystics and major western schools of thought such as Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, Aristotelianism, and Sufism. The course also introduces students to the Kabbalistic tradition and its various historical manifestations. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or other themes in Jewish studies required. Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Aesthetic Exploration, Teamwork/Collaboration.

Instructor: Dr. Yair Lior

History and Holocaust

The Holocaust Through Film

CAS JS 367 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS XL 387 and CAS CI 387

TR 3:30-4:45 PM

Prereq: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)

An examination of film using the Holocaust as its central topic. What are the political and cultural effects when genocide is represented through film? Can feature films portray history, and if so, what are the consequences for an informed society? Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing- Intensive Course.

Instructor: Professor Matthew Creighton

Holocaust Literature

CAS JS 369 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS XL 459, CAS LI 459, GRS RN 759

TR 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

This course will focus on Holocaust literature as a way to access the history of the Holocaust through individuals telling their stories. Primo Levi, a survivor of Auschwitz, is widely regarded as one of the most important voices to come out of the Holocaust. We will study his writings as well as those of Elie Wiesel and other survivors. Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Ethical Reasoning.

Instructor: Professor Nancy Harrowitz

Islamophobia and Antisemitism

CAS JS 379 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 249

MWF 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM

Explores historical and contemporary manifestations of Islamophobia and Antisemitism. Students are exposed to wide range of relevant written and visual texts as well as theoretical approaches. Includes active learning component and collaborative presentations by students. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, The Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration.

Instructor: Professor Adam Seligman

Hebrew Language and Literature

Israeli Culture Through Media

CAS JS 380 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS LH 340

MWF 12:20 -1:10 PM

Prereq: CAS LH 212 or equivalent

An advanced Hebrew language course, which uses as its “textbook” Israeli newspapers, television, and online news media. Students follow current events in Israel (politics, business, sports, etc.); compare coverage in diverse outlets; speak and write knowledgeably about Israeli society. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Digital/Multimedia Expression.

Instructor: Professor Mira Angrist