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Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty of the Collaborative Specialization

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Programs

Anthropology — MA, PhD
Art History — MA, PhD
Classics — MA, PhD
Comparative Literature — MA, PhD
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies — MA, PhD
English — MA, PhD
European and Russian Affairs — MA
Geography — PhD
Germanic Languages and Literatures — MA
Germanic Literature, Culture and Theory — PhD
History — MA, PhD
InformationPhD
Law — LLM, MSL, SJD
Linguistics — PhD
Medieval Studies — MA, PhD
Museum Studies — MMSt
Music — MA, PhD
Music Performance — DMA
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations — MA, PhD
Philosophy — MA, PhD
Political Science — MA, PhD
Religion — MA, PhD
Slavic Languages and LiteraturesMA, PhD
Sociology — MA, PhD
Women and Gender Studies — MA

Overview

The Collaborative Specialization in Jewish Studies offers both broad and intensive exposure to ​the constituent fields within Jewish Studies. Because of Jewish civilization's vast chronological and geographical range, as well as its constant interaction and cross-fertilization with other cultures, graduate work within Jewish Studies demands intensive exposure to a wide variety of languages, textual traditions, and scholarly disciplines.

The collaborative specialization involves the graduate master's and doctoral programs listed above. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students will receive the notation "Completed Collaborative Specialization in Jewish Studies" on their transcript.

Contact and Address

Web: www.cjs.utoron​to.ca
Email: cjs.director@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-1624
Fax: (416) 946-7719

Collaborative Specialization in Jewish Studies
Anne Tanenbaum ​Centre for Jewish Studies
University of Toronto
170 St. George Street, Suite 218
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3M8
Canada

Jewish Studies: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • In addition to the admission requirements of the home graduate unit, sufficient linguistic knowledge, textual training, and familiarity with relevant scholarship in order to carry out graduate work in Jewish Studies within the chosen field are required.

Specialization Requirements

  • Completion of CJS 1000H, the core methods seminar in Jewish Studies. This seminar will introduce students to the different disciplines, methods, and approaches within Jewish Studies.

  • 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE) in Jewish Studies taken within the student's home graduate unit or in another unit (may count towards the course requirements of the student's home unit).

  • A comprehensive exam in Jewish Studies, supervised by a faculty member chosen from Jewish Studies and in consultation with the graduate chair from the student's home unit, in which the student will be asked to show knowledge of areas of Jewish Studies relevant to his or her disciplinary focus.

  • If the student's home program requires a major research paper or thesis, the focus of the paper must pertain to Jewish Studies, and the topic must be approved by the collaborative specialization director.

Jewish Studies: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • In addition to the admission requirements of the home graduate unit, sufficient linguistic knowledge, textual training, and familiarity with relevant scholarship in order to carry out graduate work in Jewish Studies within the chosen field are required.

Specialization Requirements

  • Completion of CJS 2000H, the core research colloquium in Jewish Studies that runs biweekly throughout the year.

  • Two half courses (1.0 full-course equivalent [FCE]), one within and one outside of the student's home unit, taught by a member of the CJS faculty (may count towards the course requirements of the student's home unit).

  • A doctoral dissertation that deals substantively with topics in Jewish Studies and is supervised or co-supervised by a Jewish Studies graduate faculty member.

  • Students will be required to give one presentation at the Jewish Studies graduate student conference over the course of their doctoral program. The conference will be held each year in the spring. The paper presentation must be completed before the completion of the doctoral program.

Jewish Studies: Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the graduate unit for information about course availability. Courses marked with # are taught by Jewish Studies faculty members and incorporate themes within and outside of Jewish Studies. Major research and writing assignments for such courses must focus on topics in Jewish Studies.

Core Courses

CJS 1000H
Jewish Studies Master's Seminar
CJS 2000H
Jewish Studies Doctoral Seminar

Elective Courses

Anthropology

ANT 5146H#
Colonial and Post-Colonial Discourses

Comparative Literature/Germanic Languages and Literatures

JGC 1750H#
Modernity and its Discontents

English

ENG 5023H
Elegy, the Elegiac, and the Judaic in Twentieth-Century Anglo-American Poetry
ENG 5573H#
Performance and Identity in America
ENG 5578H
Parvenus and Passing in Modern American Literature

History

HIS 1267H
Nationalism
HIS 1274H
The Nazis, Occupied Europe, and the Jews
HIS 1276H
The Third Reich and the Holocaust
HIS 1277H
Topics in Jewish History
HIS 1279H
World War II in East Central Europe
HIS 1287H
Polish Jews Since the Partitions of Poland

Medieval Studies

MST 3210H
Medieval Spain
MST 3225H#
Jews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Music

CJS 1010H Representations of Jews and Jewishness in Opera

Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

NMC 1100Y#
Introduction to Aramaic
NMC 1101Y#
Early Syriac Texts
NMC 1102Y
Palestinian Aramaic Texts
NMC 1105Y#
Syriac Historical Texts
NMC 1106Y#
Syriac Exegetical Texts
NMC 1111Y#
Babylonian Aramaic
NMC 1300Y
Intensive Prerequisite Hebrew
NMC 1304Y
Biblical Narrative
NMC 1306H
Scribes, Manuscripts, and Translations of the Hebrew Bible
NMC 1308H#
Readings in Hebrew Bible
NMC 1311Y
Post Biblical Hebrew: Mishnah and Midrashim
NMC 1312H
Midrash Before the Rabbis: The Beginnings of Biblical Interpretation
NMC 1316H
Modern Hebrew Poetry
NMC 1317H
Modern Hebrew Prose
NMC 1318H
Midreshei Halakha: Purity and Cultic Texts
NMC 1324Y
Hebrew Legal Codes
NMC 1326Y
Topics in Midrashic Literature
NMC 1608Y
Life Cycle and Personal Status in Judaism: Reproductive Technology and Jewish Law

Philosophy

Various courses, depending upon their content in a given year. Consult the collaborative specialization director.

PHL 2084H#
Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Continental Philosophy
PHL 2089H#
Seminar in Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy
PHL 2090H
Hermeneutics

Political Science

POL 2021Y#
Comparative Studies in Jewish and Non-Jewish Political Thought

Religion

RLG 2018H#
Religion and Bioethics
RLG 3103H
Problems in Israelite Religion
RLG 3611H
Hebrew Literature and Religion: Midrash Aggadah
RLG 3641H
Interpretations of Jewish Tradition
RLG 3621H
Modern Jewish Thought
RLG 3622H
Maimonides and His Modern Interpreters
RLG 3623H
The Thought of Leo Strauss: Philosophy, Theology, and Politics
RLG 3624Y#
The Jurisprudence of Maimonides
RLG 3634H#
Worship and Scripture at Qumran
RLG 3641H
Interpretations of Jewish Tradition
RLG 3645Y
The Jewish Legal Tradition
RLG 3647H
Early Rabbinic Judaism
RLG 3661H#
Judaism and Philosophy
RLG 3692H#
Themes in Jewish Studies II
RLG 3655H
Readings in Jewish Literature (200 BCE–200 CE)

Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA 1207H
The Imaginary Jew