Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Patterson, David
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6325 Section 001
M Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Studies on Anti-Semitism

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?

Required Texts:

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%.

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