General non-core courses

General non-core required courses

 

1. Informal and Experiential Education

Short description

The workshop will focus on theoretical approaches that substantiate experiential/informal educational methods. Through a combination of readings, assignments and practical exercises, participants in the course will acquire skills in various informal pedagogical practices and strategies. Within the context of the course, students will develop a personal project of their choice.

Credits: 2

Mode: Frontal

Dr. Marcelo Dorfsman / Mr. Jonny Ariel.

 

2. Israel Education and the challenge of Zionism in the 21st century

Short description

The workshop will focus on theoretical approaches that discuss the potential relevance of Israel studies in the context of Jewish education. Through a combination of readings, assignments, and practical exercises, participants in the course will acquire skills in a variety of pedagogical practices and strategies. Within the context of the course, students will develop a personal project of their choice.

Credits: 4

Mode: Online (1st  Semester)

Dr. Alick Isaacs.

 

3. Ethics and Jewish Education in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas  

Short description

The course will study a series of Emmanuel Levinas’ Talmudic readings with an eye to their pedagogic method and their educational significance. The course will investigate how the Talmudic readings fit into Levinas’ broader educational vision and his general philosophy of “ethics as first philosophy.”

Credits: 4

Mode: Online (2nd  Semester)

Dr. Michael Gillis.

 

 

4. Renewing the practice of Israel Education

Short description

This course is grounded in two assumptions: first, that Israel education is a multidimensional activity concerned with the development of knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, and, second, that Israel is not only a unique subject to be learned and understood, but an integral dimension of all aspects of the educational settings in which it takes place. The course examines and builds on these assumptions to explore how Israel education might become an integral and coherent component of Diaspora Jewish educational institutions.

Credits: 4

Mode: Online (2nd  Semester)

Dr. Alex Pomson

 

5. Midrash and Talmud: Texts on Education

Short description

This course will examine texts from the Babylonian Talmud and the Book of Deuteronomy that reflect attitudes towards education, comparing them to Greco-Roman and Christian treatises from the same period. The course will focus on both the unique and shared aspects of Rabbinic thought about education.

Credits: 2

Mode: Frontal

Prof. Marc Hirschman

 

6. The Concept of Truth in Philosophy and Jewish Education: Modernity and Postmodernity

Short description

This course will examine the changing role of the concept of truth from a philosophical perspective. It will investigate the implications of the changing role of truth – relativism and multiple truth theories – on Jewish education.

Credits: 2

Mode: Frontal

Dr. Miriam Feldmann Kaye

 

7. Visions in Jewish Education

Short description

This course is an exploration of the questions: "What does it mean for an educator to have a vision of Jewish education? Why is vision important in education?  How does one develop such a vision? In what Jewish and general sources can such a vision be rooted?" The course is aimed at eliciting students' personal responses to philosophical readings that address these questions.

Credits: 4

Mode: Online (1st  Semester)

Dr.  Ari Ackerman

 

8. The Reading Jerusalem: Visions of Jerusalem in Israeli Literature

Summary

Literature and landscapes form mutual relationships. Through the lens of poetry and fiction Jerusalem  is not a “given” or static entity, but is constantly created and recreated in metaphors and stories, which depict it and reveal the hopes, frustrations and world views of the authors. In reading core literary Israeli works as well as popular contemporary fiction, this course offers multiple portraits of a city which is at the heart of Hebrew and Israeli culture.

Credits: 4

Mode: Frontal

Dr. Tamar Hess / Haim Aronovich