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Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Kathie Friedman
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Content varies.

Class description

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


Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Class Partic. (20%); Research proposal and interview guide (10%); Interview Assignment (20%); Research Paper [12-15 pages] (50%)

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 Loryn Hazan Paxton
Date: 04/20/2010