Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Patterson, David
Discipline and Number
HIST 4376 Section 001
MW Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
After the Holocaust

Description of Course:

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the Jewish condition after the annihilation of European Jewry, this course explores the issues and challenges facing the Jewish people in the aftermath of the Holocaust. It examines the history of the Jewish state, the standing of the Jewish people, debates concerning the future of Judaism, and the crises in Jewish identity, thought, and sense of purpose in the world after Auschwitz. Also to be considered are confrontations between Jews and Christians and post-Holocaust issues facing Christendom, since the annihilation of the Jews occurred in the heart of Christian Europe.

Required Texts:

Lenny Flank, ed. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Documentary History
Haim Gouri, Facing the Glass Booth
Elie Wiesel, One Generation After
Franklin Littell, The Crucifixion of the Jews
David Patterson, Emil L. Fackenheim: A Jewish Philosopher Responds to the Holocaust
David Patterson, A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) two short analytical papers of at least 1200 words, (2) a take-home final exam in essay format, and (3) class participation. Papers will count for 80% of the grade, the final exam for 15%, and class participation for 5%.

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