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Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL offers classes in languages (Hebrew, Yiddish, and languages of the ancient Near East), and in Jewish/Israeli history, literature and politics, taught by staff who are world-class experts in their respective areas of Jewish studies.

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Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Why study Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL?

We are the only university department in the UK dedicated to the field of Hebrew and Jewish studies and its comprehensive, integrated study. You will have access to the major collection of Hebrew, Yiddish and Judaica works held by UCL Library, and will be close to several world-leading museums and libraries.

What you will gain from study at UCL

Our wide range of modules will allow you to gain a broad understanding and develop new perspectives in areas such as the history of Israel, linguistics, literature, Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Hasidism. You will benefit from world-class teaching across the breadth of disciplines within Jewish studies, including many Jewish and Semitic languages from antiquity to today, from beginner’s level to advanced.

Teaching and assessment

Most modules take the form of lectures and are assessed by both coursework and written examination. Semester-only students will be assessed by coursework alone. Many of our modules are open to all students.

Modules in Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Please note that this guide lists a range of popular modules offered in 2018/19 as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive, and since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2019/20, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

Language modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HEBR0002 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0004 Modern Hebrew for Beginners 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0018 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0023 Modern Hebrew (Lower Intermediate) 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0025 Modern Hebrew (Higher Intermediate) 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0027 Advanced Modern Hebrew 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0033 Biblical Aramaic 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0038 Introduction to Syriac 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0041 Elementary Yiddish 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0043 Intermediate Yiddish 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0048 Introduction to Ugaritic 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0095 Sumerian Language 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)

Literature modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HEBR0016 Introduction to Biblical and Rabbinic Literature 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0045 Yiddish Literature: Special Topics 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)

Politics modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HEBR0068 US-Israeli Relations from 1948 to the Present Day 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0073 The Arab-Israeli Conflict 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR7750 The Arab-Israeli Conflict: War and Diplomacy in the Middle East 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)

History and culture modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HEBR0006 Religion, State and Society in Modern European History 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0015 Introduction to Israeli Society, Culture and Politics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0052 Better Worlds? Jewish Migration and Settlement in Britain and America 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0057 History of the Jews in Poland 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0062 Judaism and the Origins of Christianity 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0066 Jewish-Muslim Relations in Historical Perspective 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0070 Hasidism and Modernity 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)

Contact details

Professor Michael Berkowitz
+44 (0) 20 7679 2814
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