Jewish studies

About Jewish studies

You’ll gain an understanding of Jewish civilisation in its many aspects – language, literature, history, theology, philosophy, rabbinic, law, politics and sociology. Jewish studies is taught by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC), an interdisciplinary centre within Monash Arts whose mission is to research and teach the significance and evolution of Jewish culture and its contributions to the world.

Why choose Jewish studies?

ACJC is known for its global internships and overseas study trips to Israel, Europe and Rwanda. Our units can be studied through other areas of study such as history, religion and international studies, where they focus on three areas: Judaism and interreligious relations; Israel and the Middle East; and the Holocaust and genocide.

What will you study?

Jewish studies equips you with an understanding of Jewish civilisation from ancient times through the present day and fosters intercultural understanding. The required units will provide you with a foundational understanding of the Jewish experience in all its diversity, followed by more specialised electives that span different areas of study, including history, cultural studies, literature, cinema, politics, sociology, philosophy and theology.

The minor offers overseas units in the areas of Holocaust and Genocide Studies as well as opportunities for community engagement through internships and not-for-credit study of Yiddish language and culture.

Explore topics such as: 

  • Conflict and coexistence
  • Jewish history
  • Jewish popular culture
  • The Jewish migrant experience

Examples of elective units:

(subject to availability)

  • From Freud to Friends: Ethnic identity in popular culture
  • Who wrote the Bible and why
  • Religion, philosophy, science
  • The modern Middle East
  • Modern Israel: History, politics and society
  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Melbourne migrant cultures in contact

What careers will you be ready for?

After completion you can look forward to opportunities in:

  • Information technology
  • Education
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Foreign affairs
  • Law
  • Immigration and much more.

Global study

With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll get the opportunity to venture into contexts to enhance your learning.

Short term programs:

  • Seeking Justice – South Africa and Rwanda
  • Final Journey: Remembering the Holocaust – France, Italy, Germany, Poland and Amsterdam

Exchange programs include:

  • Tel Aviv University – Israel
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Israel.
Major Focus by location
Focus Locations
MinorNote Caulfield, Clayton
Handbook

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 4 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

What a week: Jewish studies

In our Monash Arts 'What a Week' series, two year 12 students hear from industry practitioners about where a Jewish studies major can take them.

Career options 

  • Law and justice
  • Government
  • Humanitarian organisations
  • Education
  • Museum
  • Memorial conservation
  • Media

Overseas opportunities

As an ACJC student, you can study units overseas. Students choose from ‘Final Journey: Remembering the Holocaust, Seeking Justice: South Africa and Rwanda and War and Peace: Models of Conflict Resolution.