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Lifelong Learning

Approaches to Jewish History and Culture

This module will introduce you to the rich variety within Jewish culture(s), and investigate developments within Jewish culture(s) in relation to their historical context.

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The module will begin by asking you to discuss and evaluate the definition of Jewish culture and consider what represents a ‘Jewish' cultural or historical development. The course will then focus on a series of case studies examined from a broadly chronological perspective, with each week analysing sources from within different media including music, art, film and literature.

The module will give you a broad overview of Jewish history including early modern Eastern Europe, the experiences of emancipation and assimilation, the development of Zionism, and approaches to studying the Holocaust.

The sources and topics you will examine will consider Jewish history and culture from the perspective of both the religious and the secular and so encompassing a range of facets of Jewish life. By examining diverse historical and cultural topics, you will explore major debates in the study of Jewish history and culture and be familiarised with the different ideological and methodological approaches towards Jewish history.


Date: Thursday evenings, starting 4th October 2012

Time: 7 - 9 pm
Duration: 12 meetings

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