May 7, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Location: various venues, UCL Bloomsbury Campus More...
The panel investigates shifts in the role of the Holocaust in European public debates in the recent past. Contrasting developments in Poland, Germany, and Great Britain, we will identify common threads as well as differences in perceiving, presenting, memorizing the mass murder of European Jewries.
The Yiddish Forverts has recently published a report from the Graduate Student Conference on ‘Jewish Spirituality in Eastern Europe – a Textual Perspective,’ held at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL on 6-7 June, 2012. The article, authored by conference participant Adi Mahalel (Columbia University), is available online on the website of the Forverts: http://yiddish.forward.com/node/4589 More...
Over a period of three years, the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL has been cooperating in a research project devoted to 'Cultural Continuitiy in the Diaspora: Paris and Berlin in 1917-1937', based at the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, and in cooperation with the Centre for European and International Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The project had been funded by the Leverhulme Trust Academic Collaboration-International Network scheme. Among the initiators of the project had been the late John D. Klier. More...
The Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL is pleased to announce plans for an International Graduate Student Conference, devoted to explorations of multiple aspects of Jewish spirituality in Eastern Europe, to be held on 5th and 6th of June 2012 in London. The conference organizers invite graduate students and recent PhD holders to submit their proposals. We welcome presentations addressing any aspect of the religious history and religious culture of Eastern European Jewry, with an emphasis on their textual products. We are particularly interested in proposals which open up new perspectives and pose new questions regarding conceptual frameworks and traditional definitions used to describe Eastern Europe in the field of Jewish Studies. Topics may include:
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All BA degrees are taught and examined on the course-unit system, in which a student normally takes four units a year. Examinations are taken at the end of each year, and most courses have an essay component, or are assessed by essay work alone. Language courses are assessed by coursework, an oral component and exams.
The department offers four BA Honours degree programmes:
- BA Hebrew & Jewish Studies Q480
- BA Jewish History V290
- BA Jewish Studies Q481
- BA History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies VV23
In the first year, students for both the Hebrew & Jewish Studies and Jewish History degrees (unless exempted) study Introduction to Classical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew for Beginners, and a Survey of Jewish History and Culture (2 units). These together make up the four units required in the first year.
Of the remaining units required after the first year, one per year may be drawn from adjacent fields (such as Egyptology, archaeology, European history or indeed from any other subject taught by UCL or elsewhere within the University of London, by arrangement with the relevant department) and the rest from the range of options available.
All students are required to take some language and text courses within the department. The minimum requirement is five course units for the BA in Hebrew & Jewish Studies and three for the BA in Jewish History.
The normal length of each degree programme is four years, though students who on entry have a good knowledge of Hebrew, defined as comparable to the Advanced Modern Hebrew course (HEBR7304) demonstrated by examination in the middle of the second year, may be permitted to complete it in three years.
The department offers a combined-studies degree with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, for which SSEES is the admitting institution. The degree is entitled BA History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies.
Undergraduate students can also study in the department as either:
The Professor Chimen Abramsky Scholarship has been established through a generous donation from an alumnus of the UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. The scholarship will provide financial support to an outstanding UK undergraduate student in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. One scholarship will be awarded in 2013 subject to successful applications. For more information, click here: Professor Chimen Abramsky Scholarship
The Master of Arts (MA) degree in the department is a self-standing degree, but may also serve as preparation for the research degrees of MPhil and PhD. The MA is appropriate either for students with a broad undergraduate background in this area who wish to focus their knowledge more closely, or for students with a different undergraduate experience who wish to make progress in the areas of Hebrew, Yiddish, Semitic or Jewish Studies.
The Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies runs four MA programmes, which are pathways of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA in Language, Culture and History. The four pathways are:
- MA in Hebrew & Jewish Studies
- MA in Holocaust Studies
- MA in Modern Israeli Studies
- MA in Jewish History
The MA programme, which begins in September, is one calendar year in length, or two years if taken part-time. Although it contains an element of research work, the MA is primarily a taught degree, which means that students attend courses which they select from amongst all the courses taught in the department in any given year. Candidates also write a dissertation, based on an independent research project. They are examined on all this work at the end of the academic year.
The majority of classes in the department are open to advanced undergraduates as well as graduates. In such classes, known as "non-dedicated-classes", graduates are required to submit a piece of written work, to be marked, returned and discussed with the student.
Under exceptional circumstances, members of the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies can direct the research projects (towards either the MPhil or PhD degrees) of students who are not resident in the United Kingdom.
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