Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
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.
Flank, Lenny, ed. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Documentary History. Red and Black Publishers, 2010. ISBN 193494193X
Gouri, Haim. Facing the Glass Booth: The Jerusalem Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Wayne State University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-8143-3087-8
Wiesel, Elie. One Generation After. Schocken Books, 1982. ISBN 0-8052-0713-9
Berger, Alan. Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Drawing Honey from the Rock. Paragon House, 2008. ISBN 1557788561
Lipstadt, Deborah. Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. Plume, 1994. ISBN 0452272742
Patterson, David. A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad. Cambridge University Press, 2011. ISBN 0521132614
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%. The instructional format is lecture with substantial discussion.