Jews and Christians in Western Europe: Encounter between Cultures in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
The Academic staff: Dr. Zeev Katvan, Dr. Julia Beshadsky Lebovich
The Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, Open University of Israel
The course is open for self-paced learning.
Summary: The course deals with the encounter in social and cultural life between the Christian majority and the Jewish minority in Europe, from the birth of Christianity to the beginning of the modern age. It surveys the impact of this encounter on both groups, and its significance for the development of western culture and for the course of Jewish history. The course has no prerequisites, and targets anyone interested in European history and in religion. (For a detailed course description and outline see the course page in Russian ).
(How to enroll – short video tutorial)
Course format: The course is structured to allow participants to choose whether they want to simply audit the course passively, spending about two hours a week in lectures and online quizzes, or to engage with the materials in depth.
Every academic week comprises 4 short video lectures with interactive computer-based quizzes that provide instant feedback. The video lectures reference online textbooks which are freely accessible to all of the participants. Weekly assignments allow participants to use the textbook and additional learning materials to study the topic in depth. Extensive forums are provided to enable students to collaboratively study with peers from around the world, discussing the course materials and the course assignments.