• M10. Social, Cultural, and Religious Institutions of Judaism

    Units: 5

    (Same as Religion M10.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Judaism's basic beliefs, institutions, and practices. Topics include development of biblical and rabbinic Judaism; concepts of god, sin, repentance, prayer, and the messiah; history of Talmud and synagogue; evolution of folk beliefs and year-cycle and life-cycle practices. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

  • M67. Popular Jewish and Israeli Music

    Units: 5

    (Same as Music History M67.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Music of Jews is diverse. With history of several thousand years and series of developments in modernity, music in Jewish life covers variety of styles found in many contexts. Exploration of music of Jews within last 100 years, with focus on popular music of Jews in America and Israel. Examination of music in Israel, with focus on songs of land of Israel, Israeli rock, and Muzika Mizrachit (Middle Eastern popular music). P/NP or letter grading.

  • 89. Honors Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 89HC. Honors Contracts

    Units: 1

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to lower division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • 99. Student Research Program

    Units: 1 to 2

    Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.

  • M113. Contemporary Israeli Short Stories/Novellas and Films in English

    Units: 5

    (Same as Hebrew M113.) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Exploration of Israeli short stories/novellas and films (translated into English) written since mid-1980s that use, each to varying degree, postmodernist techniques to undermine predominance of modernist-Zionist narrative. Recycling and reexamination of Israeli condition and Zionist condition and skepticism about legitimacy of meta-narratives to redefine blurred outline of Israeli identity and subvert its underpinning formative myths. They simultaneously display loss of faith in representative dimension of language, including ability of texts to penetrate to its hidden meaning. Using periphery discourses, these texts strive to change modernist aesthetic and power paradigm. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 135. Jewish Law

    Units: 5

    Lecture, three hours. Introduction to Jewish law from biblical literature to modern legal systems. Comparison of Jewish legal systems to modern secular systems and discussion of ethical dimensions of legal systems. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 140A. American Jewish History, 1654 to 1914

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Examination of social and cultural history of American Jewish community from its inception to the present, with emphasis on integration of successive immigrants and development of institutions. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 140B. American Jewish History, 1914 to the Present

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Examination of social and cultural history of American Jewish community from its inception to the present, with emphasis on integration of successive immigrants and development of institutions. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M142. Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

    Units: 4

    (Formerly numbered 142.) (Same as Middle Eastern Studies M142.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of evolution of Israel -- its changing society, volatile domestic and foreign politics, and dynamic culture -- from its foundation in 1948 to present, in context of global political and cultural change and changing Jewish world. Tension between Israel's conception of itself as Jewish state and fact that it is home to wide variety of ethnic and religious groups and to great diversity of cultures; that it was envisaged as safe haven for Jewish people but has been characterized by insecurity and ongoing war; that, founded as democracy, it contends with multiple strains on its democratic system, such as tensions between Jews and Arabs, secular and religious Jews, and disparate ethnic groups. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 143. Introduction to Jewish Folklore

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Nature of Jewish folklore; narrative, folk song, folk art, folk religion, and methods and perspectives used in their analysis. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M144. Zionism: Ideology and Practice in Making of Jewish State

    Units: 4

    (Formerly numbered 144.) (Same as Middle Eastern Studies M144.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. History of Zionism on backdrop of European, world, and Jewish histories from ideological origins to political, cultural, and social foundations of State of Israel. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M150A. Hebrew Literature in English: Literary Traditions of Ancient Israel -- Bible and Apocrypha

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M101.) Lecture, three hours. Study of literary culture of ancient Israel through examination of principal compositional strategies of Hebrew Bible and Apocrypha (read in translation). May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 150B. Hebrew Literature in English: Rabbinic Judaism

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Topics include emergence of rabbinic Judaism; its original literary forms; rabbinic worldview; forms of medieval rabbinic literature; modern Jewish religious movements and their attitude to rabbinic Judaism. May be taken independently for credit.

  • M151A. Modern Jewish Literature in English: Diaspora Literature

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M166.) Lecture, three hours. Study of literary responses of Jews to modernity, its challenges, and threats. Readings in texts originally written in English or translated from Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Russian, French, and Italian. Analysis of formal aspects of each work. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 151B. Modern Jewish Literature in English: Israeli Literature

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Study of translations from Hebrew literature written in Israel and reflecting cardinal facets of Israeli life: social issues, security problems, identity of the state, role of individual. Analysis of formal aspects of each work. May be taken independently for credit.

  • M155. Jewish Mysticism, Magic, and Kabbalah

    Units: 4

    (Same as Religion M155.) Lecture, three hours. Exploration of types of Jewish mystical thought and practice from Hebrew Bible to medieval Kabbalah and its modern offshoots. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M162. Israel Seen through Its Literature

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M162.) Lecture, three hours. Attempt to impart profound understanding of Israel as seen through its literature. Examination of variety of literary texts -- stories, novels, and poems -- and reading of them in context of their historical backgrounds. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 170. Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Judaism

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls in English translation. Survey of literature, community of Khirbet Qumran, and their place in early Judaism. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 175. Modern Israeli Literature Made into Films

    Units: 5

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Reading, analysis, and discussion of modern Israeli literature that was made into films, including literary works of prominent Israeli authors (S. Yizhar, A.B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz, and Yitzhak Ben Ner) that were translated to English and had filmic adaptations. Letter grading.

  • 177. Variable Topics in Jewish Studies

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Variable topics; consult "Schedule of Classes" for topics to be offered in specific term. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M181. Topics in Jewish History

    Units: 4

    (Same as History M181.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Examination of major issues in Jewish history. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units with topic and/or instructor change. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M181SL. Jewish Thought, Politics, and Ethics: From Theory to Practice

    Units: 4

    (Formerly numbered M188SL.) (Same as History M181SL.) Lecture, three hours; fieldwork, two hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. History of Los Angeles, with special emphasis on pivotal roles Jews have played in shaping Los Angeles and role that Los Angeles has played in reshaping of Jewish identities, communities, and cultures. Exploration of themes related to regionalism in American Jewish history, comparative immigration and migration patterns, and frontiers and borderlands, while providing overview of historical methodologies and interpretation. Examination of ethical and methodological implications of writing history in digital age and learning how to read and analyze these new media works as primary and secondary historical texts. Opportunity to contribute to body of historical work related to Los Angeles Jewish history through required service work with community partners and development of digital public history projects. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M182A. Ancient Jewish History

    Units: 4

    (Same as History M182A and Religion M182A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Survey of social, political, and religious developments. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M182B. Medieval Jewish History

    Units: 4

    (Same as History M182B and Religion M182B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Exploration of unfolding of Jewish history from rise of Christianity to expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M182C. Modern Jewish History

    Units: 4

    (Same as History M182C.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Survey of early modern Jewish history beginning with enormously repercussive expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, followed by transformations in Jewish society and identity over five centuries in Europe and Middle East, and concluding with nationalism. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M184A. Jewish Civilization: Encounter with Great World Cultures

    Units: 4

    (Same as History M184A and Religion M184A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Exploration of dynamic and millennia-old interaction of Jews with great world cultures. Creative adaptations that have lent Jewish culture its distinct and various forms. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M184B. History of Anti-Semitism

    Units: 4

    (Same as History M184B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Survey of origins and historical development of anti-Semitism. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M184C. American Jewish Experience

    Units: 4

    (Same as History M184C.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Experience of Jews in America, both historical and contemporary. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M184D. History of Zionism and State of Israel

    Units: 4

    (Same as History M184D.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Examination of history of State of Israel from 1948 to present. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M187. Holocaust in Literature

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M165.) Lecture, three hours. Investigation of how Holocaust informs variety of literary and cinema works and raises wide range of aesthetic and moral questions. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 189. Advanced Honors Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 189HC. Honors Contracts

    Units: 1

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • 191. Variable Topics Research Seminars: Jewish Studies

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Research seminar on selected topics. Reading, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 197. Individual Studies in Jewish Studies

    Units: 2 to 4

    Tutorial, one hour. Limited to juniors/seniors. Individual intensive study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Assigned reading and tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 199. Directed Research or Senior Project in Jewish Studies

    Units: 2 to 4

    Tutorial, one hour. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper or project required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 202. Colonization and Nationalism: Jewish Settlement in Palestine-Israel, 1882 to 1948

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Zionist settlement policy and practice, engaging perspectives concerning colonialism, socialism, and national conflict over Palestine. S/U or letter grading.