IH HGS 233


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: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: IHHGS 233 A History of the Jews PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: Survey of the social, political, and cultural experience of the Jewish people throughout the world, beginning with the Roman expulsion from their homeland in 70CE and working forward to the events that led to the Holocaust and the formation of the State of Israel in the 20th century. Spring. 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. IHHGS 233 Updated 18 April 2008 2 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 nearly two millennia of world Jewish history. RATIONALE: Judaism and Jewish history has been covered together in a single semester. The addition of this course will allow for a more in-depth coverage of these two rich and complex subjects in separate courses. Evidence indicates that students of the Holocaust benefit considerably when given the opportunity to better understand the central group victimized by 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. A grounding in Jewish history 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 will teach this course. DEPARTMENTAL VOTE: Holocaust Studies: Date 12 September 08 For:_____8_______ Against:____0______ Abstain:____0____ Absent:______0____


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IH HGS 233