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Postgraduate Course: Jews and Non-Jews: Co-existence, Conflict, Co-operation (PG) (DIVI11036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 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. 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.
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) OR Jews and Non-Jews: Co-existence, Conflict, Co-operation (DIVI10015)) OR Themes and Explorations in Jewish-Christian Relations (REST11013)
Other requirements This course is open to taught postgraduate students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: Themes and Explorations in Jewish-Christian Relations (REST11013)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss major themes and works in the history of Jewish/non-Jewish relations.
  2. Confidently handle key interpretive concepts of the relationship between Jews and non-Jews.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of 'relations' between Jews and non-Jews in a range of contexts
  4. Competently discuss concepts such as 'dialogue' and 'pluralism'.
  5. Demonstrate ability to identify key terms and their meanings and to demonstrate good judgement on the relative importance of bibliographical items.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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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