J ST 280
(WMNST 280, RL ST 280)
Women and Judaism (3) Explores the Jewish views of women that have influenced the roles of women within both the religion and Western culture.
J ST (WMNST;RL ST) 280 Women and Judaism (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
Women and Judaism will introduce students to the roles and views of women as seen in the Jewish tradition. Because Judaism is not monolithic, these views will vary even within time periods and even among rabbis. The goal of this course, therefore, is not for students to leave the class with one idea of what a Jewish woman is or one idea of what issues are at stake for women in Judaism. Rather, the goal is for students to understand the complex relationship women have to this religion. This course will also explore the views of Jewish women and the issues that concern then in contemporary society. Objectives include the following: students will begin to understand the stereotypes that influence how Western society views Jewish women, and as a result, how they have come to view themselves. They will be asked to examine the many important roles that Jewish women have played both in their religion and the society at large. They will be asked to examine how the Jewish tradition both helped and hindered women to play these roles. They will see how Jewish women contributed to the development of their own religion and to the larger culture in which they live. They will develop a deeper appreciation for the complexity of the relationship between women and religion. Topics include images of Jewish women in the Bible and the media, women and Jewish views of sexuality, Jewish ethics, Judaism and feminism, and women and Jewish theology. Students will be evaluated by examination, writing ability (several short papers or one larger paper), and group presentations.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.