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A Question of Identity: The Case of Judaism (3 cr.)
Judah Cohen
COLL-C 103 Critical Approaches to Arts and Humanities #27926
MW 1:25-2:15 plus discussion sections: R 2:30-3:20 (27928); R 3:35-4:25 (27929); F 2:30-3:20 (27930); F 3:35-4:25 (27932)

The world seems to turn based on questions of identity: who is in, who is out; who is with you, and who you oppose; who is authentic, and who you think is just faking it. Identity seems to dominate all aspects of life, from politics, to war, to ethical practice, to decisions about personal affiliations and relationships. This course is designed to introduce you to the study of identity as a social practice, through the rich case study of Judaism and Jewish life. Ideas about how people perceive and respond to history will serve as an important part of our discussion; our focus, however, will be on how societies bring ideas of history and “tradition” together with contemporary activities and debates in order to lead meaningful lives.

Readings will be supplemented with primary materials

Beginning Summer 2011: GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, CASE CAPP (Critical Approaches)
Before Summer 2011: College Topics course, A&H, JS Literature & the Arts, History & Society, or Religion & Thought