The University of Southampton

HIST6083 Jewish History and Culture Partnership Module

Module Overview

This module will be run in partnership between the Parkes Institute for Jewish/ non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton and the London Jewish Cultural Centre. Two concurrent groups of students register for the Parkes MA in Jewish History and Culture each year, one based in Southampton and the other based in London. This module will afford an opportunity for the two groups to meet and explore intersections on issues of common intellectual as well as personal concern.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- encourage engagement with contemporary issues of racism and anti-Semitism through sustained dialogue - enhance your understanding of contemporary Jewish identity and its impact on Jewish/non-Jewish relations

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • patterns of contemporary interaction between Jews and non-Jews
  • the impact of racism and anti-Semitism on Jewish/non-Jewish relations in the contemporary world
  • the creation of Jewish identities in relation to ‘others’
  • the creation of non-Jewish identities in relation to the ‘Jew’
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate confidence and independence of thought
  • contribute to intellectually challenging discussion in a group environment, listening and responding to the views of others
  • work independently and effectively using library, archival and internet resources and demonstrate efficient time management
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage in group dialogue about intellectually and emotionally challenging issues
  • synthesise and evaluate complex material
  • integrate close textual analysis and contextual research
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate contemporary Jewish/non-Jewish relations and make connections between different historical, cultural and national contexts
  • evaluate on-going public debates about Jewish/ non-Jewish dialogue and relations


The module will be centred around two current political or cultural issues and will take the form of 2 half-day-long meetings, one in each location, where students will meet to explore the nature and implications of contemporary Jewish/non-Jewish relations through collaborative workshop and dialogue around these issues.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will take the form of 2 half-day-long sessions, one at the University of Southampton and the other at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. The sessions will include student-led presentations on the current issue under discussion, analysis of primary source material (such as newspaper articles or public debates), and structured discussion. Through core reading distributed in advance, especially primary sources, all students are expected to contribute to discussion. The approach is designed to encourage your confidence in verbal communication and ability to engage in dialogue in a group. Discussion in class of set topics; informal discussion.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

James Parkes (1969). Prelude to Dialogue Jewish Christian Relationships. 

Sander Gilman (2006). Multiculturalism and the Jews. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Critique  (2000 words) 80%
Reflective essay  (2000 words) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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