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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?

You will have access to the major collection of Hebrew, Yiddish and Judaica works held by UCL Library, and will be located close to some of the world's leading museums and libraries including the British Museum, the Jewish Museum, UCL's Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and the British Library.

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 wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Language modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HEBR1005 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
HEBR1006 Modern Hebrew for Beginners 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
HEBR7003 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
HEBR7302 Modern Hebrew (Lower Intermediate) 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
HEBR7303 Modern Hebrew (Higher Intermediate) 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
HEBR7304 Advanced Modern Hebrew 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
HEBR7416 Introduction to Syriac 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HEBR7504 Elementary Yiddish 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
HEBR7505 Intermediate Yiddish 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
HEBR7603 Introduction to Ugaritic 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)

Literature modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HEBR7310 Rattling the Gender Agenda in Israeli Women's Writing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HEBR7320 War and Dissent in Israeli Literature 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Politics modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HEBR7750 The Arab-Israeli Conflict: War and Diplomacy in the Middle East 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
HEBR7761 Britain and Israel: Conflict and Normalisation 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
HEBR7772 US-Israeli Relations from 1948 to the Present Day 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)

History and culture modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
HEBR7216 Moses Maimonides in Jewish Thought and History 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HEBR7711 European Jewry and the Holocaust 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HEBR7725 Better Worlds? Jewish Migration and Settlement in Britain and America 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HEBR7732 Women in the Jewish Tradition 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HEBR7740 History of the Jews in Poland 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HEBR7752 Metropolitan Life: Jews and the City 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HEBR7771 Jewish-Muslim Relations in Historical Perspective 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
HEBR7812 Hasidism and Modernity 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)

Contact details

Name
Professor Michael Berkowitz
Email
m.berkowitz@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0) 20 7679 2814
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