MA Courses in Jewish Studies, including the Biblical World
Courses in Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester are offered in a number of departments, particularly the Department of Religions and Theology. Not all courses are available every year. (You may also take 30 credits from among the other RELT-coded courses, or as directed reading courses, or from other subject areas, e.g., History, subject to the approval of your programme director.) Here is a provisional list of course units (Exact units are subject to change. See main website for provisional timetable):
"Jewish studies" may be understood broadly as the study of Jewish history and culture, in all its manifestations. To study it at university level is to combine the great traditions of disciplined academic research with the richness of Jewish culture and experience. This course will approach the subject from the perspective of the history of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, specifically, Jewish engagement with Christian and Islamic religious cultures, and with Western modernity. As a team taught course, it draws on expertise in modern Jewish-Christian relations, medieval Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, European history and Holocaust Studies.
To learn the basics of Hebrew, beginning with the alphabet, and to read the Book of Jonah in Hebrew. The course is primarily intended to prepare you to undertake the subsequent study of Hebrew texts, but those who have successfully completed it should be able to consult the Hebrew text of the Bible and make intelligent use of commentaries and other works which presume a basic knowledge of Hebrew.
RELT70380: Biblical Hewbrew Texts - Dr. Renate Smithuis
With an exceptionally rich archaeological record from the Neolithic onwards, the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean (including Cyprus and Greece) is an area where many of the major social changes, technological innovations and fundamental transitions of the human past first came to the attention of scholars. Drawing on symbolic, socio-cultural, environmental, technological and religious aspects, this course explores core debates around the question of how societies adapted to the ever-changing challenges of life and negotiated their own identities. In addition to an intimate interaction with the past, this course also reflects upon archaeology as a discipline by problematising the contemporary context of archaeology, its social responsibilities and ethics. With Manchester renowned for its small-group teaching, the course will be adapted each year to reflect in the individual topics that constitute it the specific interests of the group.
You may be able to take 30 credits (in Religions & Theology) as a Directed Reading course unit, or upto 2 x 15 credits (in Middle Easter Studies) as a Research Essay (I and/or II). This is subject to the approval of your programme director and is also subject to the agreement of the lecturer concerned.
As well as your assessed courses, above, you may attend further MA or undergraduate MEST- or RELT-coded courses, subject to the permission of the course unit director. If you wish to be assessed on the subject of an undergraduate course, you should ask the course unit director if he or she is willing to offer additional support and assessment (normally a 6000-word essay) for you to do a Directed Reading course (RELT60612) on that subject, to be taken in conjunction with attendance at the undergraduate lectures.