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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

The Jewish Child in Traditional Jewish Society (SOC-101)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance Learning format.
May 2013 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of traditional Jewish attitudes towards children and child-rearing from Biblical,  Talmudic, medieval, and contemporary times; explain various traditional Jewish conceptions of childhood and parenting and their sources, educational approaches, methods of socialization, and views about individuality; describe how Jewish children have been uniquely affected during specific times of persecution; cite appropriate examples of how youth movements and modern social tendencies have impacted traditional Judaism in more recent times; and identify ways in which recent traditional authorities deal with current realities in their suggestions for child-rearing practices.


This self-study course assesses students' knowledge of the role of the child in traditional Jewish society by studying the Biblical and Talmudic attitude towards children and child-rearing as well as some sources from Medieval times and how contemporary traditional authorities approach the subject within the contemporary milieu. Specific topics include: methods of socialization, educational approaches and the relationship between child and parent and what obligations each one is considered to have towards the other, and the level of individuality that should be encouraged. Special attention is focused on understanding how children played a specific and unique role in various times of persecution as well as the influence of youth movements in more recent times with relation to the general Jewish society. Students also discuss contemporary challenges, particularly the problem of at-risk youth in the traditional community.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religion, Sociology, Anthropology, Jewish History, or as a General Elective (6/13) (8/18 revalidation).