JWM4030 - Jewish History and Jewish Memory: Writing and Reading the Jewish Past
12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader: Paul Forgasz
Not offered in 2008
This unit surveys various ways in which Jews throughout the ages have elucidated the meaning of their historical experience and traces the major themes and preoccupations of writers of Jewish history from biblical times to the present. A number of topics that are central to Jewish historiography will be explored including: causality in Jewish history; divine providence and intervention; teleology and messianic perspectives; problems of rendering judgement on the past; periodisation. Consideration will also be given to the varying emphases given to religion, nationality and culture by historians seeking to explain what has made the Jews a single people and their history a continuous one.
On completion of this unit students will be expected to:
Research essay (5000) : 50%
1x2.5 hours lecture/seminar/ week for 12 weeks. One week during the semester will be devoted to student consultation regarding research essays. Private study (21.5 hours) will be devoted reading seminar materials, preparing and completing the research essays, and wider reading.