A Question of Jewish Identity (3 cr)
COLL-C103 Critical Approaches to Arts & Humanities
MW 9:05-9:55 plus discussions: R 11:15-12:05; R 3:35-4:25; F 9:05-9:55; F 1:25-2:15
GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, CASE CAPP
The world turns 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 faking it. Identity dominates all aspects of life, including politics, conflicts, ethics, personal choices, affiliations, and relationships. This course is designed to introduce you to the idea of identity as a social practice, through the rich case study of Judaism and Jewish life. People's perceptions of and responses to communal history will serve as an important part of our discussion; we will focus, however, on how societies bring together ideas about community and “tradition” in order to lead meaningful lives.
Readings will be supplemented with a wide variety of primary materials.