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Undergraduate Course: Jews and Non-Jews: Co-existence, Conflict, Co-operation (DIVI10015)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Academic Description:
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.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
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. To prepare for the seminar students need to engage with the set primary sources and an appropriate range of secondary readings. During the semester, students will complete 3 short assignments that practice analysis and interpretation of sources. The format of these will vary to engage with different writing and presentation styles. The short assignments are a key part of the formative and summative assessment in this course and directly inform seminar discussion. A class essay and a final exam test the learning outcomes for this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Jewish Christian Relations in Modern Times (REST10034)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: Jewish Christian Relations in Modern Times (REST10034)
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesBy permission of the Course Organiser.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of major themes and works in the history of Jewish/non-Jewish relations.
  2. Summarise key interpretive concepts of the relationship between Jews and non-Jews.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of 'relations' of Jews and non-Jews in a range of contexts.
  4. Critically discuss concepts such as 'dialogue' and 'pluralism'.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to identify key terms and their meanings and show good judgment about how to assess the relative importance of items on course bibliographies.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Empathy and imaginative insight, with a tolerance of diverse positions
- Independence of mind and initiative
- Capacity for reflexive learning
- Ability to gather, evaluate and synthesise different types of information
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
Additional Class Delivery Information Flipped classroom.
Seminar, including group work.
Course organiserDr Hannah Holtschneider
Tel: (0131 6)50 8933
Course secretaryMs Amy MacKinnon
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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