HGS 232


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: 30 September 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Paul Vincent PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Paul Vincent, 8-2722, pvincent@keene.edu Rabbi Sarah Rubin, rabbi.ahavas.achim@gmail.com PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: prefix change; make ISP course CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: HOLO 232 Introduction to Judaism The course provides an overview to 2000 years of development in both Judaism and Jewish history. Students will be introduced to the writings that anchor Judaism, the pillars upon which Jews define the world, the calendar of Jewish holidays, and the origins and attributes of the Jewish movements that formed in the wake of the Enlightenment. PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: IHHGS 232 Introduction to Judaism PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: An exploration of Jewish rituals and traditions, including in-depth examination of holidays and life-cycle events utilizing historical and contemporary religious and descriptive texts. Examined will be basic theological principles of Judaism; historical and contemporary diversity within Jewish religious practice; and belief and culture. Fall. IHHGS 232 Updated 18 April 2008 2 LEARNING OUTCOMES: Humanities Perspectives Outcomes • understand and interpret diverse evidence about past societies and cultures; Integrative Outcomes Students will be able to: • recognize how differences shape approaches to identity, knowledge, and power; • apply diverse perspectives and experiences to develop disciplinary arguments. Ethics Students will be able to: • identify the ethical issues within a discipline. Skills Outcomes Students in this course will develop their skills in reading, writing, information literacy, and critical dialogue. Discipline Outcomes Students will demonstrate: • Greater understanding of the Holocaust’s historical and precipitating factors, and its legacy. • An enhanced ability to explore and analyze the Holocaust through multiple perspectives. • A greater awareness of relevant ethical issues such as prejudice, discrimination, and racism. • An enhanced ability to think critically, and write and speak effectively, about issues related to the Holocaust. • A grasp of contemporary Jewish theology and practices. RATIONALE: In the old format, Judaism and Jewish history were covered together in a single semester. The change incorporated in this redesigned offering is based on the addition of a new course in Jewish history (HGS 233). Evidence indicates that students of the Holocaust benefit considerably when given the opportunity to better understand the victims of Nazi Germany. So long as those victims remain abstract entities (which they most often were to the perpetrators), or no more than the number “six million,” it is impossible to properly appreciate and empathize with the sorrow and loss experienced by survivors. An in-depth study of Judaism is, accordingly, a crucial component of a well-rounded program in Holocaust education. RESOURCES: The resources of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies are adequate to support this course. The local Keene synagogue, Ahavas Achim, specifies that the rabbi will instruct one course each semester for the Holocaust Studies program at Keene State College. Rabbi Sarah Rubin currently holds this position and teaches this course. DEPARTMENTAL VOTE: Holocaust Studies: Date 12 September 08 For:_____8_______ Against:____0______ Abstain:____0____ Absent:______0____


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HGS 232