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Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Programs

Anthropology—MA, PhD
Class​ics—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
German Literature, Culture and Theory—PhD
History—MA, PhD
History of Art—MA, PhD
Information—MI
Information Studies—PhD
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 Literatures—MA, PhD
Sociology—MA, PhD
Women and Gender Studies—MA

Overview

The Collaborative Specialization in Jewish Studies offers both broad and intensi​ve 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 crossfertilization 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 department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation "Completed Collaborative Specialization in Jewish Studies" on their transcript and parchment.

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 department, 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 department or in another department (may count towards the course requirements of the student's home department).

  • 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 department, 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 department, 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 department, taught by a member of the CJS faculty (may count towards the course requirements of the student's home department).

  • A doctoral dissertation that deals substantively with topics in Jewish Studies and is supervised or cosupervised 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​

Germanic Languages and Literatures

GER 1400H​​
From Real to Virtual Shtetl: Jewish Culture in Russia, 1917–2010​
​​GER 1530H
​​Heine and Critical Theory

​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​

Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

​NMC 1100Y#
​Introduction to Aramaic​
NMC 1101Y#​
​Early Syriac Texts
​NMC 1102Y
Palestinian Aramaic Texts​
​NMC 1104Y#
Aramaic Epigraphy​
​NMC 1105Y#
​Syriac Historical Texts
​NMC 1106Y#
Syriac Exegetical Texts​
​NMC 1111Y#
​Babylonian Aramaic
​NMC 1300​​​​Y
Intensive Prerequisite Hebrew​
​NMC 1304Y
Biblical Narrative​
​NMC 1306H
Scribes, Manuscripts, and Translations of the Hebrew Bible​
​NMC 1308H#
​Readings in Hebrew Bible​​​
​NMC 1309H#
​Wisdom in Ancient Israel
​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​
​NMC 1609H​#
​​Gender-Related Topics in Law and Religion

Philosophy

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

PHL 20​84H#
Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Continental Philosophy
​​PHL 2089H#
Seminar in Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy
PHL 2090H
​Hermeneutics

Political Science

POL 202​1Y#
Comparative Studies in Jewish and Non-Jewish Political Thought

Religion

​RLG 2012H​
​N​atural Law in Judaism and Christianity II​
​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