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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 titleMJudaicStds
CRICOS code065537G
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Course coordinator

Dr Nathan Wolski


The Master of 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 from 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 PhDs 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
  • specialised skills in reading classical and modern Jewish texts
  • 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
  • the skills to pursue high level independent research
  • the ability to design and carry out a significant piece of independent research.


This course consists of one core unit and elective units. Students must complete a maximum of 48 points at level four and minimum of 24 points at level five. All units except where indicated are worth 12 points.

Students who achieve a distinction average in their level four units have the option of undertaking a 24-point research dissertation at level five.


Students complete:

  • JWM4030 Jewish history, Jewish memory

plus a further 36 points of elective units at level four and 24 points at level five from:

Progression to further studies

Students who undertake the 24 point research project option and achieve at least a distinction in the masters are eligible to apply for a higher degree by research.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with course 4024 Graduate Certificate in Judaic Studies.
  • 48 points with course 4025 Graduate Diploma in Judaic Studies.


Master of Judaic Studies