Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course examines a variety of primary and secondary texts that cut across several disciplines to examine the millennial phenomenon of anti-Semitism. Exploring the history, causes, and essence of Jew hatred, the course delves into its philosophical, theological, ideological, political, and social aspects. The ultimate aim of the course is to arrive at a deeper understanding of the essence of Jew hatred as it appears among very diverse peoples and cultures ranging from ancient Greeks to modern intellectuals, from Saint Augustine to Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, from Karl Marx to Adolf Hitler. The fundamental question to be examined in this course is: What is the anti-Semite anti? Or: Why the Jews?
Arendt, Hannah. Antisemitism: Part One of the Origins of Totalitarianism
Laqueur, Walter. The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day
Mack, Michael. German Idealism and the Jew: The Inner Anti-Semitism of Philosophy and the German Jewish Response
Michael, Robert. Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust
Miller, Arthur. Focus
Patterson, David. A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad
Prager, Dennis and Joseph Telushkin. Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism
Sartre, Jean-Paul. Anti-Semite and Jew: An Exploration of the Etiology of Hate
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) an analytical term paper of at least 4000 words, (2) a brief in-class presentation, and (3) class participation. The paper will account for 80% of the grade, the presentation 10%, and class participation 10%.