Judaism in the Modern World
Rhedir gan School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Gareth Evans Jones
The module aims to provide students with a broad and in-depth knowledge of the Jewish faith, its development, and its practice in the modern world. The module will commence with an exploration of the Hebrew Bible by evaluating the central tenants of the Jewish faith, including the covenant and the mitzvot. We will then go on to discuss certain significant historical events in the development of the Jewish faith, including the destruction of the Second Temple and the evolution of the Jewish diaspora. In this respect, consideration will be given to a selection of important Jewish thinkers in order to appreciate how they influence the nature and practice of Judaism today, including Moses Maimonides and Moses Mendelssohn. Having done so, the module will discuss the practice of Judaism in contemporary society by focusing on specific aspects, namely, rites of passage, dietary laws, religious festivals and rituals. The module will also study the diverse denominations within Judaism and how they respond to certain topics, including the emergence of Jewish feminism. In sum, the module offers a broad overview of the history and beliefs which have shaped modern Judaism.
The module may include, but will not be limited to, the following topics: The historical background of Judaism; The Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and the central tenants of the Jewish faith, including the covenant, the mitzvot, and the concept of ‘God’s chosen people’; The impact of the destruction of the Second Temple and the development of diasporic Judaism; Influential Jewish thinkers: Moses Maimonides and Moses Mendelssohn; The practice of contemporary Judaism: rites of passage, dietary laws, religious festivals and rituals; the diverse denominations within modern-day Judaism; Modern Judaism and certain issues: feminism and environmentalism.
C- i C+
Good C- to C +
Submitted work is competent throughout and occasionally distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: • Good structure and logically developed arguments. • At least in parts draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. • Assertions are, in the main, backed by evidence and sound reasoning. • Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.
Very Good B- to B+
Submitted work is competent throughout and distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: • Very good structure and logically developed arguments. • Draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. • Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning. • Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.
Threshold D- to D +
Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows: • Generally accurate but with omissions and errors. • Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning. • Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions. • Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.
Excellent A- to A*
Submitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways: • Has originality of exposition with the student’s own thinking being readily apparent. • Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study. • Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.
• Demonstrate comprehension of and intelligent engagement with the rich philosophical and spiritual traditions of Judaism in its varied forms, in addition to the central philosophies and traditions of the Jewish faith.
• Discuss and demonstrate a strong comprehension of Judaism’s classic sources and their subsequent articulations by various central interpreters of the tradition(s).
• Apply philosophical insights, themes and debates from different Jewish schools appropriately to broader social, political and disciplinary contexts, including the medical and biological sciences, and law.
• Demonstrate a critical and sophisticated understanding of the multi-faceted complexity of Judaism, for example, in the relationship between specifically religious beliefs, texts, practices and institutions, and wider social and cultural structures, norms, aesthetics and aspirations.
• Present relevant information on a topic related to Judaism in a clear, coherent and engaging manner, demonstrating a firm understanding of the topic in question.
Students will be expected to write a 2,500 word essay in response to one of a list of questions that will be provided. It will be a fantastic opportunity for students to apply their understanding of a specific topic to a piece of writing by also drawing off scriptural and scholarly sources.
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Students will be expected to respond to 10 key Jewish terms and define them clearly by drawing on primary (scriptural) and secondary sources (scholars etc).
Students will be expected to deliver a 10 minute presentation on a chosen topic linked to Judaism in the Modern World. Students will be provide with a list of topics and will have to present on any one of their own choice.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Students will be expected to attend 33 hours of formal lectures. The lectures will take on them a seminar element, thus, will be interactive and engaging.
Students will be expected to undertake a level of independent study to coincide with and complement the lectures. Students will be provided with a reading list at the beginning of the module and will be encouraged to consult it.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
- Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath
• Cohn-Sherbok, Dan. 2017 (2nd ed.). Judaism: History, Belief and Practice. New York & London: Routledge.
• deLange, Nicholas. R. M. 2003. Judaism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Küng, Hans. 1992. Judaism: The Religious Situation of Our Time. London: SCM Press Ltd.
• Goodman, Martin. 2005. The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Rayner, John D. 1998. Jewish Religious Law: A Progressive Perspective. New York: Berghahn Books.
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