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HSY3560 - Jews in the modern world

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Paul Forgasz


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit focuses on Jewish society from the eighteenth century to the opening decades of the twentieth century. This period witnessed widespread political, economic and social changes throughout the western world. Jews were thrust from the fringes of European society into its very centre, and with this transformation, they experienced changes in their legal status, religious outlook, and cultural habits. The aim of this unit is to analyse the Jewish encounter with the modern world and gentile society - the impact of that encounter on Jews and Jewish life, as well as the variety of social, ideological and cultural forms in which that encounter was expressed.


As for HSY2560 with the additional objectives that students should gain a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between Jewish identity, nationalism and migration and the importance of gender and cultural difference in Jewish identity and develop skills in formulating and completing historical research.


Research essay (2500 words): 40%
Seminar presentation (1000 words): 20%
Examination (1000 words): 35%
Seminar participation: 5%
Third-year level students are expected to demonstrate more sophisticated analytical skills and submit work incorporating a higher level of competence in independent reading and research.

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week


HSY2560, JWC2560, JWC3560

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