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Syllabus Culture and Immigration 20090

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Culture and Immigration in Israel Culture and Immigration in Israel Judaic 374 Lec 34409 Judaic 374 Lec 34409 Fall 2009 Fall 2009 Professor Gershenson Meeting time: Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-3:45, Herter Hall 205 Office: 733 Herter Hall Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-2:30 and by appointment What is this course about? This course will apply theories of intercultural communication and cultural studies to the context of interethnic relations in Israel. We will take a critical approach to the history and politics of immigration to Israel. We will explore the connections between Zionist ideology and Jewish immigration, and look at the changes in immigration and cultural policy over time. We will consider the history of immigration waves making special emphasis on the post-1948 waves from North Africa, the former Soviet Union, and Ethiopia, and their perceptions in contemporary Israeli public discourse. We will also look at the interrelations between the major ethnic groups within Israeli society. Finally, we will compare Jewish immigration to Israel to other diasporas and repatriations. Text: Kimmerling, B. (2001). The invention and decline of Israeliness: State, society, and the military . Berkley: University of California Press. – available at Food for Thought in Amherst Articles on the Spark—please print out and bring to class Materials and handouts distributed in class/posted on Spark Literature for the final project What to expect? Here are some basic points: as the professor for this course, I will show up to classes. I will come prepared. I will come on time. I am going to switch off my cell phone during the class. I expect the same from the students. Attendance, preparation, and punctuality are required. In case of emergency, please email me before the class. Readings are assigned every class, and understanding them is crucial. Therefore, questions about every reading are included in the syllabus, next to each reading. Use these questions to guide your reading, and to formulate answers or your own questions—questions about things that were unclear or questions that you want to discuss further. Come to class ready to do all of that. If you have a question, make sure you ask it—in class, on email, or during office hours. In general, don’t kick back and relax, this is a class, not a TV show. On a more practical note: There will be no make up for quizzes, assignments, or presentations. All assignments are due on time. Computer problems and crashed disks are not valid reasons for late work. If an emergency arises, you must provide verification in order to gain an opportunity to make up. Use email for emergencies.
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