Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE HBW3022

 
TITLE Synoptic Study-Unit 2: History and Culture

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will examine students in a synoptic manner on material covered throughout the course of studies pertaining to the history and archaeology of ancient Palestine and neighbouring regions; the history and cultural development of the Jews and Judaism from antiquity to present times; and the history of the modern state of Israel. Students will prepare for this study-unit through personal study and tutorial sessions with the respective tutors.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are:
1. to integrate all study-units dealing with the history and archaeology of ancient Palestine; the history and cultural development of the Jews and Judaism from antiquity to present times; and the history of the modern state of Israel;
2. to train students to adopt a synoptic approach to all this material and make critical comparisons between the different stages in the history of Israel, the Jews, and Judaism;
3. to train students to use textual, historical, and archaeological evidence in a critical manner.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the history of Israel, the Jews, and Judaism from antiquity till the present, together with the related socio-cultural and political developments;
2. compare and contrast the thought and practices characteristic of different periods in the history of Israel and Judaism, and formulate a synthesis which traces developments in culture, practices, and beliefs;
3. appraise and debate some of the major socio-cultural and historical processes to have shaped Judaism and the modern state of Israel;
4. analyze and interpret pertinent textual, historical, and archaeological evidence, and evaluate competing interpretations of the data.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. develop an interdisciplinary sensibility;
2. synthesize and evaluate disparate, but related, sets of data;
3. demonstrate a high level of critical thinking.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) 100%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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