Postgraduate Course: Jews and Non-Jews: Co-existence, Conflict, Co-operation (PG) (DIVI11036)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores aspects of relations between Jews and non-Jews to enable a better understanding of the different levels of mutual interpretation. The course encompasses contexts in history and today, and ranges in geographical focus. Attention will be paid to the social, political, literary and religious interpretations of Jews by non-Jews and of non-Jews by Jews. Concepts such as 'dialogue' and 'pluralism' will be problematised and examined in their historical and religious contexts.
This course aims to explore different contexts of contact between Jews and non-Jews in order to enable a better understanding of the range of relationships between people of different religious traditions, cultures, languages, ethnicity and so on. How Jews relate to non-Jews is as much topic as the reverse, how non-Jews relate to Jews. The concepts mentioned in the subtitle: coexistence, conflict and co-operation serve as broad structuring devices for the course, allowing the categorisation of examples while also asking for these categories to be critically explored. And concepts such as 'dialogue' and 'pluralism' will be problematised and examined in their historical and religious contexts.
Students will read a variety of primary sources, such as, but not limited to, plays, political pamphlets or speeches, religious treatises, literary texts, cartoons, scholarship and so on. The primary sources will be read alongside the expanding scholarship on Jewish/non-Jewish relations in different Humanities disciplines.
Student Learning Experience Information
The course consists of a lecture component and seminar discussion. The lecture component will be taught as a 'flipped classroom', either with an in-person lecture or with lecture materials provided online via Learn. The seminar discussion centres on the primary source texts assigned for the week. During the semester students write 3 short discussion papers or gobbets. The format of these will vary to engage with different writing and presentation styles. Level 11 students will be taught alongside level 10 students and have access to the same Learn site. In addition, level 11 students have their own regular seminar hour, in which additional source texts can be studied or a specific historical or religious issue can be discussed in more depth.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||20% - 3 x 500 word assignments
80% - Final Essay
||Student will receive feedback/feed-forward on short 500 word assignments, course essay outline; and feedback on course essay and exam.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically discuss major themes and works in the history of Jewish/non-Jewish relations.
- Confidently handle key interpretive concepts of the relationship between Jews and non-Jews.
- Demonstrate awareness of 'relations' between Jews and non-Jews in a range of contexts
- Competently discuss concepts such as 'dialogue' and 'pluralism'.
- Demonstrate ability to identify key terms and their meanings and to demonstrate good judgement on the relative importance of bibliographical items.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
Seminar, including group work.
|Course organiser||Dr Hannah Holtschneider
Tel: (0131 6)50 8933
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227