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SW513, Section 001

This course is taught by various members of the program faculty. Each version of the course has its own subtitle, some being offered one time only while others are repeated and may evolve into regular courses with their own course number and title.

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This course is a Social Work listing for the topic course offered through Judaic Studies JUDAIC 417-002.

American Jews have played vital roles in shaping the critical reform movements that have defined twentieth- and twentieth-first-century American society. This course will explore the striking profile of Jewish engagement in broad social movements including labor, civil rights, and feminism. In addition, it will examine how efforts initially intended to address particular Jewish communal interests propelled Jews into the forefront of American municipal reform and social welfare efforts.
Even as conflicts over civil rights and support for Israel in recent decades have called American Jewish progressivism into question, Jews continue to display a liberalism that undermines conventional explanations for the political behavior of all comparable groups. How should we understand this legacy of American Jewish social and political activism? Is it a meaningful reflection of Jewish teachings and historical experience? What might it teach about the complex political, religious, class, social, and racial dynamics that have shaped the contours of American identities?

Semester: Winter 2018
Instructor: Karla Goldman
Topic: Jews & Social Justice in the United States
U-M Class #: 27757
Time: Tue 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 1794 SSWB
Program Type: Residential
Credits: 3-4 Credit Hours

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