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The Jewish Woman in Medieval Society (SOC-335)
Varies (self-study; self-paced).
March 2022 - Present.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: discuss in-depth knowledge of the role of Jewish women in medieval society in both Ashkenazic and Sephardic countries; describe the typical woman’s social and economic status, as well as religious activity, and explain differences based on place of residence; outline the approach of various scholars in the field and the social causes they suggest to explain some of the practices and decrees which were made during this time period; and draw conclusions about how the Jewish woman in the Middle Ages viewed herself and how others saw her.
The Jewish Woman in Medieval Society (SOC-335) assesses students' knowledge of the role of the Jewish woman in Jewish society in the Middle Ages, including economic standing and typical level of education, involvement in the community and in religious practice. Other topics focus on reasons for various rabbinical ordinances decreed during this time which relate to women. The course covers major life events such as choosing a spouse, marriage, childrearing, and divorce to understand how the status of women was affected by the way these things were done in this time period, and how social conditions, in turn, had an effect in changing some aspects of these events. Ultimately, a broad picture appears of how the Jewish woman viewed herself in the Middle Ages and how she was viewed by others.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Jewish History, Religion, or as General Elective (2/22).