JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 002 Sociology of the American Jewish Community
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
May be elected three times for credit.
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This course will examine the lively tension between tradition and change within the American Jewish Community as it reviews current issues and explores broadly the sociological literature on American Jewry. Students will first look at the broader context of American society, including issues of democratic values, religious freedom, and social stratification. The class will then examine the conflicts and struggles of American Jews as they strive to maintain themselves in a pluralistic society. In doing so, they will explore topics such as Jewish identity, intergroup and intragroup relations, group survival, relations with Israel and new understandings of diaspora, and community structure and organization. The course will be conducted seminar style with an expectation of active student participation, including discussions and presentations, as well as research and reflection papers.

JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with Sociology 410.001
003 (SEM)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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ISBN: 0814740170
New Jews : the end of the Jewish diaspora, Author: Aviv, Caryn, 1969-, Publisher: New York University Press 2005
ISBN: 9780295983882
Studying the Jewish future, Author: Goldscheider, Calvin., Publisher: University of Washington Press 2004
ISBN: 9781584655411
Ten days of Birthright Israel : a journey in young adult identity, Author: Leonard Saxe & Barry Chazan., Publisher: Brandeis University Press 2008
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