W (Writing credit) course. This course will be renumbered with a SISJE prefix sometime during 2010.
"Doing Jewish Identity Studies" seminar and not a lecture course.
Involves the student in researching the diverse Jewish identities of young people today. Includes background reading on Jewish identities in the US.; interviewing young Jewish adults; transcribing and interpreting interviews; and crafting a qualitative research paper. Covers research skills, as well as sensitivity to Jewish community values and concerns.
Student learning goals
Develop proposals for hands-on research
Develop concrete qualitiative research skills so that students may design and carry out a project of their own on young adult Jewish identities within the course.
How to interpret surveys on Jewish identity.
How to conduct and analyze interview research.
How to craft a qualitative research paper.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Class Partic. (20%); Research proposal and interview guide (10%); Interview Assignment (20%); Research Paper [12-15 pages] (50%)