Syllabus for LA498JS
Judaic Studies Capstone
Duration: 8 Weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Effective from October 2013
A short biography, contact information, office hours, course guidelines, etc. for your instructor may be found in the Instructor Information discussion area in this module.
This senior-level course is the culminating course in an undergraduate study of the Jewish religion, culture, and history. It is designed to help students "tie it all together" by examining fundamental concepts in the following areas: Chumash (Bible), Jewish history, Jewish culture, and ethics. Through a mixture of essays and writing activities, student knowledge in these areas will be assessed. In addition, students will engage and enhance critical thinking skills along with written communication skills while reviewing and analyzing ethical questions and concepts of diversity.
Completion of INL, WER, 12 upper-level credits in Judaic Studies courses/exams, arts and science depth complete. Students must be within 15 credits of degree completion and obtain advisor approval.
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply advanced critical thinking skills, including demonstrating the ability to remember information, understand key concepts, apply these concepts appropriately, analyze phenomena, evaluate and justify positions, and create coherent arguments.
- Demonstrate advanced written communication skills and be able to express complex ideas with clarity and precision.
- Discuss issues of diversity as they relate to Judaism.
- Apply concepts of ethical conduct and social responsibility in decision making and action.
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Visit our bookstore for the required books and study materials.
Please verify your specific term, the edition, version and/or copyright date before purchasing course materials.
- Gateway to Judaism by Rabbi Mordechai Becher. Published by Shaar Press, 2005. Distributed by Mesorah Publications (Artscroll) ISBN 978-1-4226-0030-0 (hard cover)
- 2000 Years of Jewish History by Rabbi Chaim Schloss. Fourth Edition, 2004.
Published by Feldheim Publishers. ISBN 1-58330-214-X (hard cover)
- Chofetz Chaim: A Lesson a Day by Rabbi Shimon Finkelman and Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz. Second Edition, 1998. Published by Mesorah Publications (Artscroll Series) ISBN 1-89906-321-7 (hard cover), 1-89906-322-5 (paperback)
- Journey of Faith by Rabbi Yonasan David Arenias. Published by Shaarei Torah Publications, 2013. ISBN 978-965-7593-01-1 (hard cover)
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Weeks start on Monday, 12:01 AM ET and end on Sunday, 11:59 PM ET, US.
Unless otherwise noted, all assigned items are due at the end of the module (by 11:59PM, Sunday).
|Week||Module & Title||Reading||Assignments||Online Discussions||Course Outcomes Related to this Module|
|Week 1||Module 1: Course Orientation and Essential Concepts||Gateway to Judaism by Rabbi Becher — selected sections||None|| |
M1D1: Yourself as a Learner: Self-IntroductionM1D2: Cycles in Time and History
|Week 2||Module 2: The Lessons of the Festivals||Gateway to Judaism by Rabbi Becher — selected sections||M2A1 Lesson Plan: Experiencing the Exodus|| |
M2D1: Talking or doing — what affects you most?M2D2: Purim and Chanukah — the prototype stories of the physical and spiritual salvations of the Jewish people
|Week 3||Module 3: Why the Jews? The Persecution of the Jews|| |
2000 Years of Jewish History by Rabbi Schloss— selected sectionsGateway to Judaism by Rabbi Becher— selected sections
|M3A1: Short Essay: Spiritual Reasons for the Persecution of the Jews|| |
M3D1: The persecution of the Jews during the Middle AgesM3D2: A tragic period of persecution
|Week 4||Module 4: The Eternity of the Jewish Nation||2000 Years of Jewish History by Rabbi Schloss— selected sections||M4A1 Essay: The Survival of the Jewish people||M4D1 Outline: The Survival of the Jewish people|| |
|Week 5||Module 5: Shmiras HaLoshon — The Ethics of Appropriate Speech|| |
Chofetz Chaim: A Lesson a Day by Rabbis Finkelman and Berkowitz — selected sectionsGateway to Judaism by Rabbi Becher — selected sections
M5D1: Ripple Effect — Analyzing the consequences of our speechM5D2: Laws of Speech
|Week 6||Module 6: Peace in the Family||Chofetz Chaim: A Lesson a Day by Rabbis Finkelman and Berkowitz — selected sections||M6A1 Essay: Creating a Peaceful Home||M6D1: Ripple Effect — Analyzing the consequences of our speech, part 2|| |
|Week 7||Module 7: Peace in the Community||Journey of Faith by Rabbi Arenias — selected sections||M7A1: Essay: Diversity within the Jewish People at the Time of the Exodus||M7D1: Religious Diversity|| |
|Week 8||Module 8: Looking Back while Looking Forward: Jewish Leaders and Final Reflection Essay|| |
Journey of Faith by Rabbi Arenias — selected sectionsGateway to Judaism by Rabbi Becher — selected sections
|M8A1 Speech: Final Reflective Activity||M8D1: Jewish Leaders Throughout the Ages|| |
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| A=90-100% |
| Discussions |
10 discussions at 2.2%
M1D2, M2D2 at 4%
Rubrics Used In This Course:
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Before beginning your course work, be sure to review the Excelsior College Guidelines for Online Interaction (a.k.a. Online Etiquette or "Netiquette"). If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please feel free to direct them to your instructor. All student work in this course may be submitted to plagiarism detection software.
M2A1: Lesson Plan: Experiencing the Ecodus %
A lesson plan about the Pesach Seder for a class of young teens who attend Jewish day school, explaining why it is necessary for us to recall at the Seder all the details of our slavery in Egypt and how Hashem redeemed us in the way that He did, and showing them how the laws and customs of the Pesach Seder help us internalize the lessons of the slavery and exodus.
M3A1: Short Essay: Spiritual Reasons for the Persecution of the Jews [10%]
According to the Rabbis, what is the underlying spiritual reason for the long history of the persecution of the Jews? Bring examples from Jewish history.
M4A1: Essay: The Survival of the Jewish people [15%]
An essay on the survival of the Jewish people in the face of ongoing persecution. 750-1000 words
M6A1: Essay: Creating a Peaceful Home [10%]
Write an essay discussing how a person who desires a peaceful family life should communicate with his/her family at home. Focus on relating to another family member events in his/her day that involved others, listening to his/her spouse or child relate matters that are loshon hora, and using speech to build a healthy, positive atmosphere.
M7A1: Essay: Diversity within the Jewish People at the Time of the Exodus [15%]
What were the benefits of diversity for the Jewish nation who left Mitzrayim?
M8A1: Speech: Final Reflective Activity [10%]
Prepare a short talk before a group of people who are unfamiliar with traditional Jewish education about your education up to this point, including this Capstone course, and your goals for the future.
By registering for a web-based course, you have made a commitment to participate regularly with your instructor and other students in online discussions. You will be expected to use online course tools (Discussions and Chat rooms) to interact with your peers and work collaboratively to improve your understanding of underlying course ideas and issues.
To lessen the risk of losing your work, do not write major discussions directly into a discussion posting. Instead, compose and check your work in other software (such as Microsoft Word) and then use the Create Message button and copy and paste your text into the new posting.
FORMATTING AND STYLE FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS:
COURSE ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION:
Course attendance and weekly course participation are required. Please see the policy on Excessive Absenteeism for more details.
Your instructor will:
- Post a welcome message during the first 24 hours of the course.
- Schedule real time office hours through the chat room and/or by individual appointment.
- Communicate with you through the Blackboard communication tools, including internal course messaging.
- Respond to student communications within two business days.
- Log into the course to review and participate at least three different days a week in 15-week courses, or four different days a week in 8-week courses.
- Provide you with formative feedback midway through the course based on work submitted to that point.
- Grade all formative assignments within 7 business days in 15-week courses and 4 business days in 8-week courses, and will grade final summative work within 5 business days after the end of the term.
You are responsible for being familiar with all the policies that are related to your activity in this course. Complete information on Excelsior College policies can be found in the Course Information area or by visiting www.excelsior.edu/policies.
ACADEMIC UNIT POLICIES
School of Liberal Arts Late Policy:
- No exams or quizzes will be accepted after the due date.
- Discussion posts must be completed within the module where they appear. Late discussion posts will not receive credit. Instructors may impose additional due dates for initial posts or responses and assess late penalties accordingly.
- All graded assignments (e.g., projects, papers, homework, lab reports) submitted after the designated due date/time will be assessed a late penalty of five percent per day for the first 5 days (for example, -5 points each day on a 100 point assignment, or -2.5 points each day on a 50 point assignment). Any assignment submitted after the fifth day will receive a grade of zero.
- No work will be accepted after the final day of the term unless an official course extension has been granted.
- Situations involving extenuating circumstances will be considered at the discretion of the instructor.
Excelsior College subscribes to Turnitin.com, the world's largest plagiarism-detection service, and reserves the right to check all student work to verify that it meets the guidelines of this policy.
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