University of Calgary Department of Religious Studies Course Outline
Prof. E. Segal
Department of
Religious Studies
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N. W.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2N 1N4

Office: SS 1314
Phone: (403) 220-5886
Fax: (403) 210-0801
Email: elsegal@ucalgary.ca

THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES


Religious Studies 469.06

Course Outline, Winter 2007

Judaism in the Modern World

Class time: TR 11:00-12:15

Instructor:

Eliezer Segal

Office:

Social Sciences 1314

Office hours:

T 12:15-1:00; or by appointment

Telephone:

220-5886

Internet:

E-mail:

elsegal@ucalgary.ca

World-Wide Web:

Material related to this course can be found at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/ModernJudaism

Textbook:


Course Description:

This course will study the main currents of modern Jewish thought and religious life, dealing with theological, literary and sociological topics. Among the topics to be dealt with are:


Core Competencies:

In addition to familiarizing the student with the important facts, authorities and religious movements of Modern Judaism, this course will provide guidance in the scholarly skills that are necessary for advanced study and research in the Humanities.

Critical analysis and interpretation of the evidence will play a central role in the class. Students will learn how to approach modern Judaism from a variety of methodological perspectives, in order to achieve a broad understanding of the diverse forms of recent Jewish religious life and thought.

In their research papers, the students will be challenged to demonstrate their abilities in the collection of data, in critical analysis of sources, in the evaluation of scholarly literature, and in the presentation of the research in an organized and coherent manner.

Course Requirements:

    Item

    Date Due

    % Weight

    1.

    Chapter Summary

    February 27 2007

    20%

    3.

    Research Paper Proposal

    Due March 13 2007

    15 %

    3.

    Major Research Paper

    Due April 12 2007

    45 %

    2.

    Oral Presentation

    As scheduled

    10%

    4.

    Class Participation

    Continual

    10 %

There will not be a Registrar's office scheduled final examination in this course.

Papers:

Chapter summary:

Students will submit an essay of about 1,200 words consisting of a summary of a chapter in the text book, or of another text approved by the instructor. The essay should survey the chapter's main contents, identify key themes and discuss critically the author's method and perspective.

Major Research Paper

The major assignment will consist of a research essay of about 3,000 words, in which the student will examine topics, events and personalities in modern Jewish religious thought, observances, law and institutions. Please consult with the instructor for assistance in choosing and pursuing a topic.

Preliminary to the actual writing of the paper, the student must submit a proposal of about 500 words, containing a statement of the planned topic, a research question or hypothesis to be tested, an outline of the method(s) to be utilized, and a short bibliography of relevant literature.

Oral Presentation

All students are expected to make a twenty-minute presentation before the class, to be scheduled in consultation with the instructor. The content of the presentation may consist of material from one of their written essays, or another topic. This assignment should not be a mere reading of the written text; it should be adapted to the special requirements of an oral delivery, as reflected in the choice of topics and the methods of presentation (e.g., hand-outs, blackboard use, or audio-visual aids). The grade for this assignment will take into acccount how the presenter handles questions from the floor.

Grading:

A numerical mark will be given for each course requirement. Following the final examination, a letter grade will be assigned on the following number and letter grade scheme (standardized within the Department of Religious Studies).


A+

100 - 96

A

95 - 90

A-

89 - 85

B+

84 - 80

B

79 - 75

B-

74 - 70

C+

69 - 65

C

64 - 60

C-

59 - 55

D+

54 - 53

D

52-50

F

50 or less

Plagiarism:

Students should be familiar with University regulations regarding academic integrity, as set down in the University Calendar.

Academic Accommodation

It is a student's responsibility to request academic accommodation. If you are a student with a disability who may require academic accommodation and have not registered with the Disability Resource Centre, please contact their office at 220-8237. Your academic accommodation letters should be provided to your instructor no later than fourteen (14) days after the commencement of this course. Students who have not registered with the Disability Resource Centre are not eligible for formal academic accommodation.

(DRC web address is: http://www.ucalgary.ca/UofC/Others/DRC/.)

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