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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 and Israeli history, literature and politics, taught by staff who are world-class experts in their respective areas of Jewish studies.

Key Information

Availability
Year, Fall Term, Spring Term
English language level
Level 2 - see English language requirements for more details.
Tuition fees
Band 1 - see Tuition fees for more information
GPA requirement
3.3
Faculty
Arts & Humanities
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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. Single term 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 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 2023/24, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

Core modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HEBR0103 Introduction to the Talmud Year 30 (FHEQ)

Language modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HEBR0002 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0003 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0004 Modern Hebrew for Beginners Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0005 Modern Hebrew for Beginners Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0018 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0019 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0023 Modern Hebrew (Lower Intermediate) Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0024 Modern Hebrew (Lower Intermediate) Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0025 Modern Hebrew (Higher Intermediate) Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0026 Modern Hebrew (Higher Intermediate) Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0041 Elementary Yiddish Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0042 Elementary Yiddish Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0043 Intermediate Yiddish Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0044 Intermediate Yiddish Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0048 Introduction to Ugaritic Year 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0049 Introduction to Ugaritic Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0083 Introductory Akkadian Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0095 Introductory Sumerian Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0110 Jewish Literary Aramaic Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)

Literature modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HEBR0112 Yiddish Women Writers Year 30 (FHEQ)

Politics modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HEBR0058 The Arab-Israeli Conflict Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0073 The Arab-Israeli Conflict Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0102 Israel and Palestine Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0789 Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Middle East Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)

Advanced seminar modules for non-History affiliates only

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HIST0880 Better Worlds? Jewish Migration and Settlement in Britain and North America Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)

Languages and culture modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HEBR0013 Introduction to Modern Jewish History (1800-present) Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0071 Hasidism and Modernity Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0074 Yiddish Culture Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0111 Nazi Gold and Looted Art in WWII and Beyond Year 30 (FHEQ)
HIST0860 Better Worlds? Jewish Migration and Settlement in Britain and North America Year 30 (FHEQ)

History and culture modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HEBR0006 Religion, State and Society Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0014 Introduction to the Study of Judaism Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0057 History of the Jews in Poland A Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0070 Hasidism and Modernity Year, Fall Term, Spring Term 15/30 (FHEQ)

Advanced seminar modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HIST0842 The Holocaust: New Historical Approaches Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)

Contact details

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

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