Focuses on thinking critically about justice and social activism by integrating classroom and community learning. Uses the rich textual tradition of Judaism and the experiences of American Jewish social activists as a prism for considering the possibilities and challenges of pursing social justice around the globe.
This service learning course provides the opportunity to think critically about justice and social activism by integrating classroom and community learning. In this course, students will takes advantage of a sophisticated resource for considering how to work effectively and mindfully toward the ideals of justice: the rich textual tradition of Judaism and the experiences of American Jewish social activists. The Jewish tradition and the history of Jewish activism provide a prism for students to consider the possibilities and challenges of the pursuit for justice in our communities and around the world.
Student learning goals
By the end of this course, students will: • Understand the basic principles underlying conceptions of Justice in the Jewish tradition
Appreciate the complex dilemmas and tensions that the pursuit of justice raises
• Reflect emotionally and cognitively on the ways in which Judaism’s engagement with justice are relevant (or less relevant) to contemporary issues and realities
General method of instruction
We will meet twice a week for one hour and fifty minutes. This course will be taught in conjunction with UW’s Carleson Center as a required service-learning course. In addition to regularly class-meetings, each student will be required to spend 20-40 hours during the quarter working in the community. This experience is designed to contribute to the course by providing students with opportunities to see various programs and organizations committed to justice in action
There are no prerequisites for the course.
Class assignments and grading