How often do classes meet?
Classes meet once a week for 16 weeks per year, and sessions are approximately three hours long. Optional Context Community Learning events will also be scheduled from time to time.
How much reading is required?
The amount of reading varies depending on the class and instructor. On average, 40 to 70 pages of reading are assigned each week. Instructors will typically review each week's assignment and prioritize readings that are most central for the next class.
What if I can't do all the reading?
You are encouraged to complete all assignments to maximize your learning experience, but instructors understand that students are busy adults who don't always have time to complete the reading.
What if I have to miss some classes?
Attendance is important for your own intellectual progress and for the purposes of building a learning community. If you do need to miss a class, you can listen to a digital recording that is available to you online.
Do I need to have previous Judaic studies knowledge to take Context?
No. Context participants come from diverse backgrounds. Many have no formal Jewish education, while others have formally studied Judaic subjects.
Is knowledge of Hebrew required?
No. All Context classes are conducted in English, and texts are studied in English translation. Instructors do not assume that students know Hebrew.
Are there any written requirements?
No. There are no tests, papers, or grades.
What is the tuition for 2012?
Tuition is $795/year. Payment plans and need-based scholarships are available.
Is there an additional cost for materials?
Students will be charged a one-time fee of $27 upon registration for access to online materials. In addition, instructors may require students to purchase one or two books per semester. The number of required books varies depending on the class and instructor.
Can I start the course midterm?
Each Context class builds on the material covered in previous classes. Participants may enroll only at the beginning of the course.
Do I need access to a computer to take this course?
Instructors will make reading materials available online. Students will need Internet access to download readings from the course website, and will be responsible for printing copies for in-class use.
Who are the instructors?
Context instructors are Jewish studies scholar/teachers with advanced academic degrees. They bring to community-based Context classes a level of scholarship typically encountered only in university settings.
Is Context a degree-granting program?
Upon completion of the two-year program, you will participate in a graduation ceremony where certificates, not degrees, will be conferred.
How can I learn more?
You are cordially invited to attend a free Context information session at a local Context location.