The Hebrew and Jewish Studies program offers an unparalleled opportunity to study the development of Jewish civilization, Israeli history and culture, and the study of the Hebrew language. Hebrew and Jewish Studies investigate the history, literature, archaeology, philosophy, ethnography and social theory of Jewish society and culture. Students are encouraged to engage in contemporary debates about ethnicity and identity, assimilation, exile and Diaspora cultures. Students benefit from the interdisciplinary breadth and the opportunity to combine this with options in Hebrew language study which is taught from beginners to advanced level. Students explore topics that draw on extensive archival resources available in Australia and internationally.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this course should:
- obtain an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the Hebrew language, culture and society in accordance with their entry level;
- acquire effective oral, aural and written communication skills that will enable them to act confidently in Hebrew-speaking environments and cultures, as well as the research and analytical skills to explore and critically evaluate issues from an array of disciplinary, linguistic and political perspectives;
- gain knowledge of the social and cultural diversity of the Israel and the global Jewish community and develop the skills to work with people from a wide-spectrum of intercultural backgrounds;
- display an informed, expansive and detailed knowledge of more than one period or culture of the Jewish and Israeli past by demonstrating a critical comprehension of a range of conceptual approaches to interpreting the past;
- apply relevant research and analytical skills in conducting research on a defined topic according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline and possess the ability to examine and evaluate multiple national and international debates in the field of Hebrew and Jewish studies;
- demonstrate a high level of clarity and fluency in communication and collaboration, including oral and written presentation of evidence-based narratives; and
- show the ability to be self-motivated, reflective and goal-oriented and have the capacity to set goals and manage time and priorities in working effectively both independently and in groups.