Race and Judaism Fall Semester 2010
Religion/Jewish Studies 0802
Mon/Wed/Fri 9-9:50am Anderson Classroom 106
Professor Elliot Ratzman firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 640 Anderson
Call/Text me at 609-240-6699
Office Hours: 12-3pm F, and always by appointment for T/Th.
Studies in Race (RS) for students under Core. Students cannot receive credit for this course
if they have successfully completed Religion 0802.
This course is open to all students who meet the academic
requirements for participation. Any student who has a need for accommodation based on
the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss the specific
situation as soon as possible. Contact Disability Resources and Services at 215-204-1280 in
100 Ritter Annex to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented
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Course Goals and Learning Outcomes:
In this course we will investigate the concept of
race and the phenomena of racism and anti-Semitism as it relates to Jewish history,
religion, politics, and culture. We will explore how Jews and non-Jews have understood and
reacted to the varieties of Jewish identity. As we do so, we will engage in critical readings of
primary texts, scripture, histories, op-eds, websites, testimonies, fiction, and film. The
course aims to impart a rich and critical understanding of the complex relationship among
religion, race, and ethnicity in general, and Judaism and race in particular. This course will
have been in vain if we do not consider how we, as informed citizens in a global society, can
affect social change for the better. As well, we hope to continually pose and attempt to
answer the deceptive, seemingly simple questions: Who is a Jew? What makes someone a
Jew? Finally, we will address the relationships between Jews and other groups—in Europe,
Israel, and the United States.
Practical Goals and Outcomes
To expose you to issues and texts of history, criticism, opinion, and religion.
To explore and explain issues of race, anti-Semitism, and Judaism to an audience.