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Course Overview

The course provides a survey of Jewish History (from the Persian and Hellenistic periods to the present day) and of Jewish culture (Jewish identity, rites and other aspects of religious life) through the ages. It provides students with a full overview of Judaism from its inception to the present.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Joachim L. W. Schaper

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Divinity And Religious Studies (DR) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Key topics in Jewish history in the Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Mediaeval and modern periods. Selected aspects of Jewish culture through the ages, concentrating on religion and ritual.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 8 - 15
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 16 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Oral presentation (10%9

2000 words essay (30%)

5000 words research essay (60%)


Resit: 7000 word essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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