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The Jewish Woman in Medieval Society (SOC 335)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

March 2022 - Present.

Subject Area:
Judaic Studies / Sociology

Number of Credits:

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of the role of Jewish women in medieval society in both Ashkenazic and Sephardic countries; describe the typical woman’s social and economic status, as well as religious activity, and explain differences based on place of residence; become familiar with the approach of various scholars in the field and the social causes they suggest to explain some of the practices and decrees which were made during this time period; and make conclusions about how the Jewish woman in the Middle Ages viewed herself and how others saw her.


The Jewish Woman in Medieval Society (SOC-335) will assess the student’s knowledge of the role of the Jewish woman in Jewish society in the Middle Ages. This includes their economic standing and their typical level of education, involvement in the community and in religious practice. It will also deal with the reasons for various rabbinical ordinances decreed during this time which relate to women. The course cover major life events such as choosing a spouse, marriage, childrearing, and divorce to understand how the status of women was affected by the way these things were done in this time period, and how social conditions, in turn, had an effect in changing some aspects of these events. Ultimately, a broad picture will appear of how the Jewish woman viewed herself in the Middle Ages and how she was viewed by others.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Jewish History, Religion, or as General Elective (2/22).