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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleGradDipJudaicStds
CRICOS code065547E
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Contact details

Associate Professor Mark Baker

Course coordinator

Dr Nathan Wolski


The Postgraduate Diploma in Judaic Studies offers specialised units in Jewish theology, philosophy, history and literature. Spanning the biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern periods, this course offers students the opportunity to pursue advanced Jewish studies and pursue independent research. Diverse course units expose students to an array of different methodologies and foci in Jewish scholarship.

Taught by the research professors and lecturers of the Centre for Jewish Studies, this course draws specifically on the research expertise of the centre's staff and presents students with access to some of the key issues and themes in Jewish scholarship today. Graduates will be fully prepared to undertake further research and/or may go on to work in Jewish education or other community organisations.


Students completing this course will demonstrate:

  • broad and deep familiarity with Jewish history, philosophy, theology and literature
  • an understanding of the historical and cultural significance of key Jewish texts and be able to situate these texts in their broader intellectual milieu
  • a familiarity with key debates and central issues in Jewish scholarship today
  • strong skills in critical oral and written assessment of the academic scholarship.


This course consists of one core unit and 36 points of electives.


Students complete:

  • JWM4030 Jewish history, Jewish memory

plus a further 36 points of elective units at fourth year level from the following units:

  • HYM4165 Final journey: The life and death of European Jews, 1900-1945
  • HYM4175 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • HYM4260 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • JWM4020 Zionism: The argument
  • JWM4040 Jewish literature of subversion
  • JWM4260 Jewish literature of destruction
  • RLM4160 Sexuality and religion: Monotheist traditions
  • one other approved 12 point unit

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the graduate diploma with a minimum credit average, may apply to enter course 4026 Master of Judaic Studies.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with course 4024 Graduate Certificate in Judaic Studies.


Postgraduate Diploma in Judaic Studies