Jewish Thought after the Holocaust

Course code RELT3022Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Where was God during the holocaust? How has Jewish belief been changed by the Shoah? This course will explore a range of key Jewish philosophers and theologians who have provided influential responses to the Holocaust over the course of the twentieth century. It will also address the question of Christian responsibility and culpability during the Nazi era. Figures covered may include: Abraham Heschel, Primo Levi, Jacob Neusner, Elie Wiesel, Emil Fackenheim, Hannah Arendt, Emanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the key cultural, philosophical, political and theological factors that influenced Jewish thought after the holocaust.
2. Critically analyse the technical concepts, questions and issues that arise from the Jewish religious thought;
3. Reflect upon and synthesise the ethical and political issues raised by the Shoah;
4. Demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
ContentThe course explores the main ideas of significant Jewish thinkers writing in the aftermath of the Holocaust.
Replacing Course(s)RELI3070
TransitionStudents who have previously completed RELI3070 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT3022. Other third-year options are available for these students.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeRELT1010 Introduction to Theology OR RELI1020 World Religions
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 x 1000 word essays (40%)
1 x 2000 word essays (40%)
Online Discussion5 x 200 word discussion board posts (20%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term