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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Paul Forgasz


Previously coded HSY3560


This unit focuses on Jewish society from the eighteenth century to the opening decades of the twentieth century. This period witnessed widespread political, economic and social changes throughout the western world. Jews were thrust from the fringes of European society into its very centre, and with this transformation, they experienced changes in their legal status, religious outlook, and cultural habits. The aim of this unit is to analyse the Jewish encounter with the modern world and gentile society - the impact of that encounter on Jews and Jewish life, as well as the variety of social, ideological and cultural forms in which that encounter was expressed.


As for ATS2598 with the additional objectives that students should gain a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between Jewish identity, nationalism and migration and the importance of gender and cultural difference in Jewish identity and develop skills in formulating and completing historical research.


Research essay (2500 words): 40%
Seminar presentation (1000 words): 20%
Examination (1000 words): 35%
Seminar participation: 5%
Third-year level students are expected to demonstrate more sophisticated analytical skills and submit work incorporating a higher level of competence in independent reading and research.

Chief examiner(s)

Paul Forgasz

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Religion and theology
Jewish civilisation
European and European Union studies


ATS2598, JWC2560, JWC3560