The course will study how the Enlightenment and the Emancipation challenged pre-modern Judaism, and how Judaism has evolved from that time until our own day. It will explore such issues as liberal Judaism, Orthodox Judaism, secular Judaism, Zionism, reactions to the Holocaust, modern Israel, antisemitism, contemporary Jewish issues, and finally, postmodern Judaism.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Understand how the Enlightenment and the Emancipation affected the premodern Jewish community and the changes they brought to Judaism.
- Learn about the major Jewish thinkers of modern Judaism and the more contemporary postmodern period.
- Gain insight into issues such as various forms of religious Judaism, secular Judaism, Zionism, reactions to the Holocaust, issues in Israel, antisemitism, and contemporary Jewish issues.
- Learn to understand the thinking of people who advocate different forms of Judaism, particularly people with whom one disagrees.
- Develop an overview of how Judaism has developed in modern times in the United States, in Israel, and throughout the world.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Written Assignments (Weeks 1,3,5 & 6)
Final Paper (Week 8)
- This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are at little or no cost for students.
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Pre-Modern Judaism and its Challenges
Topics: Liberal Judaism, Changing the Tradition
Topics: Orthodox Judaism, Maintaining the Tradition
Topics: Secular Judaism
Topics: Three Major Issues
Topics: Contemporary Challenges
Topics: Postmodern Judaism
|Topics: Final Paper|
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.