(Taught jointly by the Leo Baeck Institute and the Department of History)
(MA title is subject to approval)
The Leo Baeck MA is the only taught postgraduate programme in the UK focusing on the rich field of European Jewish History. You will consider patterns of inclusion and exclusion and questions of citizenship and emancipation as part of a programme which trains scholars towards undertaking independent research on Jewish history, culture and thought in Europe. The MA will introduce you to a wide range of sources for European Jewish studies. Particular attention will be paid to the Jewish response to modernity and problems around issues of assimilation and identity. The role of antisemitism and the origins of the holocaust are central, as is Jewish intellectual history, in particular the ideas of eminent Jewish thinkers about the place of Jews and Judaism in pre-modern and modern society
The MA consists of the core module, three modules chosen from a series of options anda individually supervised dissertation. Students will also take a non-assessed research methods module. Part time students take the core module and one option in the first year, and two options and dissertation in the second year.
Optional modules include:
* Modern Jewish History and Culture
* Christians and Jews in Europe: Perceptions and Encounters, 1100-1600
* Jews, Power and Intellectual History
* Antisemitism and the Holocause
* Modern European Jewish Literature
* Hollywood and the Second World War
* Understanding Religion Historically
* Overcoming Nazism
Assessment You wil be required to produce one essay of 5,000 words for the core module and one essay of 4,000 words for each of he three options, in addition to completing a 15,000 word research dissertation.
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