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Jewish Studies

- Master´s programs

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute for Jewish Studies
Contact
Dr. Klaus Herrmann
Address
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin
Telephone
(030) 838 56428; 838 52002 (Office)

To be eligible for admission to the master’s program, applicants need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies or an equivalent degree that corresponds in terms of structure and content to a bachelor’s degree program with at least 60 credit points in courses in or related to Jewish studies.
  • Proof of Hebrew language skills (“Hebraicum”) which may have been acquired as part of the 60 credit points mentioned above.
  • Proof of English language skills (level B2 CEFR).

The DSH - or German Language University Entrance Exam for Foreign Students. It is obligatory for all applicants whose first language is not German and who have earned their initial degree from a university (or equivalent institution) where the language of instruction is not German.

The admission is limited.

Students do not pay tuition fees; the university charges small administrative dues and fees each semester.

The Master’s program in Jewish studies offers a specialist and research-oriented education that is geared toward interdisciplinary studies. It comprises the subject-specific core areas of Jewish studies and offers as an alternative to the subject-specific electives area the profile areas “Judaism and Islam” and “Holocaust Studies” which accentuate the social and political relevance of the Master program. The profile area “Judaism and Islam” is enhanced by the Master programs of related disciplines at the Free University such as Arabic studies, Iranian studies, Islamic studies, philosophy, religious studies, Semitic studies, and Turkology. The modules for the profile area “Holocaust Studies” are studied at the American Touro College Berlin.

1st Semester Admissions
Unrestricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters
Unrestricted admission
Application and Registration Period
Only for 1st semester: April 15 - May 31 (for winter semester) and December 1 - January 15 (for summer semester), only for higher semesters: July 1 - August 15 (for winter semester) and January 1 - February 15 (for summer semester)
Program Start
Winter and summer semester
Language
English, German
Duration
4 semester

The Master’s program comprises three areas: the core area, the electives area (alternatively the profile areas "Judaism and Islam" or "Holocaust Studies") and the complementary area.

 

Program Modules

1. Core area

Module

Jewish self-conceptions and tolerance

Module

Jewish living worlds

Module

Jewish responses to Modernity and Postmodernity

2. Subject-specific electives

Module

Normative traditions and cultural transformations

Module

Judaism and Islam

Module

Jewish history of knowledge (“Wissensgeschichte”)

Module

History of the Holocaust

Module

Aftermath of the Holocaust

Module

History and Aftermath of the Holocaust

Or profile area „Judaism and Islam“:

Module

Normative traditions and cultural transformations

Module

Judaism and Islam

Module

Jewish history of knowledge (“Wissensgeschichte”)

Or profile area „Holocaust Studies“

Module

History of the Holocaust

Module

Aftermath of the Holocaust

Module

History and Aftermath of the Holocaust

The complementary area allows the students to enhance their chosen subject specific electives or profile area with language modules and modules from other master's programs.

  • Christina von Braun, Micha Brumlik, Handbuch Jüdische Studien, Cologne 2018.
  • Martin Goodman, Jeremy Cohen, David Sorkin, The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies, Oxford 2003.