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Overview

The Jewish Studies at the University of Potsdam are devoted to secular Jewish history and culture as well as to the Jewish religion in all its breadth and diversity. In doing so, they reflect the two poles of Judaism and “being a Jew”.
The interdisciplinary bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies enables different perspectives on the more than 3000-year past and the present of the Jewish people. It conveys extensive knowledge in the three major areas of philosophy and religion, history and society, as well as literature, music and the arts of Judaism. In addition, the integrated language training in Hebrew and, optionally, in Yiddish enables the students to independently develop relevant sources.At the University of Potsdam, the subject of Jewish studies is offered as part of a two-subject bachelor's degree. It can be studied as a first or second subject together with another subject of your own choice (e.g. history, philosophy, religious studies or a philology). This concept particularly supports the development of an individual profile during the course.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module. 

The subject of Jewish Studies comprises the contents shown in the overview below. Students who study religious studies as their first subject and Jewish studies as a second subject, there are deviations from the following illustration.

Modules

First subject

Second subject

Basic modules 78 LP 48 LP

Basic module Introduction to Jewish Studies *

Basic module religion, history of religion, philosophy of religion

Basic module history and society

Basic module literature, music, art

Modern Hebrew

Biblical Hebrew

Advanced module history and society

Advanced module literature, music, art

12 LP

12 LP

9 LP

9 LP

12 LP

12 LP

6 LP

6 LP

9 LP

9 LP

9 LP

9 LP

12 LP

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Elective area
first subject: selection of two of the following modules, each with 6 LP (a module in the field of languages is mandatory).
Second subject: Choice of two of the three following modules, each with 6 CP.
12 LP 12 LP

Advanced module Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew

Advanced module in Rabbinic, Medieval or Modern Hebrew

Advanced module Yiddish I

Advanced module Yiddish II

Advanced module Religion, History of Religion, Philosophy of Religion

History and Society specialization module

Advanced module Advanced module literature, music, art

Advanced module practice

Advanced module history and society

Advanced module literature, music, art

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

6 LP

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6 LP

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6 LP

6 LP

Occupational field-
specific key competences Choice according to § 23 Paragraph 6 BAMAO and BAMAO Catalog Studiumplus
18 LP -
Final module (including bachelor thesis ) 12 LP -
total 120 LP 60 LP

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If you want to study Jewish studies, you should have a keen interest in interdisciplinary issues with a view to Judaism and Jewish life. In addition, the course requires the willingness to reflect on such topics scientifically and to deal thoroughly with the relevant specialist literature. Good language skills are also important for this. You should therefore already have a sound knowledge of German and English and be open to learning other languages.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies enables you to independently and methodologically acquire knowledge of religion, history, culture, political and social science of the diverse phenomena of Jewish life in the past and present. In addition, you will acquire solid language skills in Hebrew, which will enable you to develop and translate Hebrew primary and secondary literature. In addition, you have the opportunity to learn Yiddish as one of the most important languages ??of European Jewry.

Career prospects are opened up for you wherever your skills as an expert on Judaism are in demand: These include the areas of science and research, journalism, the cultural sector, the education sector, foundations or associations, but also human resources , political advice and finally Jewish institutions.


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