Jews and Money: Myth and Historiography

Subject 131-412 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Usually admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in history (or in a relevant program) or enrolment in a relevant coursework Masters program
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Gideon Reuveni

Subject Overview: Jewish historiography generally tends to highlight religious, cultural and political aspects of the Jewish past more intensively than its economic features. This tendency is all the more striking given the centrality of economics to Jewish life and to the image of Jews and Judaism in modern times. Indeed, the general image of the Jews is often overloaded with patterns and emblems taken from the sphere of economics. This seminar aims to address this neglected subject in Jewish history. By placing economics at the center of modern Jewish experience, it seeks to confront central issues of Jewish history, such as assimilation and dissimilation, antisemitism and especially Jewish identity formation in modern times from a new perspective.
  • have a more nuanced understanding of process of identity formation with in the framework of Jewish history.
Assessment: A class presentations 1000 words, 20% (throughout the semester) and a research essay 4000 words 80% (due end of semester)
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and determining strength of an argument;
  • demonstrate understanding of changing knowledge base in specialist area
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies

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