THRS 238 – ISR/PAL CONFLICT THRU FILM&LIT
The course examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Palestinian and Israeli film and literature, seeking to understand everyday life and interpretations of the conflict through the representations and images presented by the writers and filmmakers.
THRS 237 – SOC JUST & ISRAEL-PALESTINE
In examining the Israel-Palestine conﬂict through the lenses of social justice and activism, this course de-exceptionalizes this ostensibly exceptional struggle, empowering students to understand ways to end conﬂicts that plague those living in Israel, Palestine, and beyond. We explore ideas such as communal narratives, human rights, power, and sovereignty.
THRS 236 – REFUGEES: JUSTICE AND ETHICS
This course explores “refugees” through personal narratives, history, migration, politics, and sociology, examining questions such as: What does it mean to be a refugee? When does one become a refugee? What are the individual, collective, ethical, and sociological implications of refugee status?
THRS 230 – JEWISH-CHRISTIAN RELATIONSHIP
A theological and historical survey of Jewish-Christian relations that focuses on how Jews and Christians have conceptually related to each other. Addresses the Jewish-Christian relationship from Late Antiquity through contemporary times. Topics include such issues as spirituality, human dignity, freedom, morality, responsibility and ritual practices.
THRS 136 – HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE
This course engages students in a critical consideration of the moral, religious, and social implications of the Holocaust and of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries, and explores various memorial practices and responses to the moral challenge of genocide.
THRS 132 – FORGVNG UNFORGVBLE? APOLOGIES
This course will examine two ideas central to the human experience-apologies and forgiveness-by looking at both everyday and extreme situations such as war and genocide. We will cover case examples from WWII, Israel/Palestine, the U.S., and Australia, paying particular attention to indigenous groups.
THRS 131 – QUEERING RELIGION
This course explores the following queries: How do queer people navigate religious contexts, especially those that have often attempted to negate them? In what ways can religion be queer How do activists, theologians, clerics, and practitioners work to “queer” religion?
THRS 130 – JEWS, JUDAISMS & JEWISH IDENTITY
As individuals and communities, we enact identities (or constructed senses of self) through our behavior and experiences. Shaped by cultures, value systems, histories, and narratives, our identities relate to virtually every aspect of our lives. This class explores this central part of being human, using “Jews” as an entry point. In this course, we ask, “What does it mean to be a Jew in the 21st century?” in an effort to ﬁgure out students’ own social identities. We look at how Jews have reshaped their customs, practices, and beliefs over the course of centuries, weaving together dominant and marginalized voices along the way.
THRS 125 – SOC. JUSTICE, ACTIVISM & JEWS
“Social justice” recognizes disparities in societal opportunities, resources, and long-term outcomes among dominant and marginalized groups, communities with particular social identities. This course looks at social justice issues related to socio-economic class, ethnicity, race, gender, sex, and sexuality as they manifest in the United States today. After a brief introduction to texts central to Jewish tradition, we explore each topic generally; look at responses from the Jewish community particularly; meet with Jewish social justice activists, organizers, and religious leaders; and attend related on-campus presentations or performances. Through this process we create a context to analyze multiple ways to tangibly address 21st-century social justice issues, empowering students to become transform the world into its potential.
POLS 380 – SOC JUST & ISRAEL-PALESTINE
In examining this conflict through the lenses of social justice and activism, this course de-exceptionalizes this ostensibly exceptional struggle, empowering students to understand ways to end conflicts that plague those living in Israel, Palestine, and beyond. We will explore ideas such as communal narratives, human rights, power, and sovereignty.