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Noam Pianko
SIS 490
Seattle Campus

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Content varies from quarter to quarter.

Class description

Contemporary Judaism and Transformation of Religion in a Global Era

This course explores the dynamic interactions between contemporary social, political, and intellectual forces and today’s changing religious landscape. With the help of a social-scientific approach, students will have the opportunity to critically analyze the ways in which religious ideologies and communities transform themselves in relationship to particular geographical contexts and historical processes. The study of Jews and Judaism provide an effective lens for considering changes to religious life. The Jewish experience reflects many of the trends facing religious communities in a global era. Jews thrive in both homeland and diaspora settings, embrace a wide spectrum of attitudes toward socio-cultural integration, and engage diverse cultural contexts from Seattle to Safed. This course is included on the International Studies Core List.

Student learning goals

• Exposure to various expressions of contemporary Judaism

• Greater sensitivity to the relationship between religious movements and other social, political, and cultural forces

• Appreciation for the increasingly important role that religion plays around the globe today

General method of instruction

Lecture with discussion

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

Class assignments and grading

Expect reading assignments, regular response papers, and two exams

Class participation, writing assignments, and exams

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/26/2010