Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitAustralian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniella Doron


The 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.


Upon completion of the unit, students should be able:

  1. To be responsible and effective global citizens who exhibit cross-cultural competence and demonstrate ethical values.
  2. To be critical and creative scholars who apply research skills to a range of challenges.
  3. To communicate perceptively and effectively.
  4. To have a foundation of knowledge about Jewish history.
  5. To understand the Jewish historical context in order to discuss relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims more effectively.


Participation: 10%
Short primary-source analysis (1,000 words): 20%
Research essay (3,500 words): 40%
Written exam: 30%

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Workload requirements

3 contact hours on campus, including 2-hour lectures and 1-hour tutorials; and 9 hours of private study, including reading, preparation for tutorials, research and writing of essays, and preparation for the written exam.

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