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Sociology of the Ba'al Teshuva Movement (SOC-303)

Location: 
Various, distance Learning format.
Length: 

Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Dates: 
April 2014 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the Ba'al Teshuva movement; explain how the Ba'al Teshuva enter the movement and their typical socialization process; recognize the social challenges faced by the basic Ba'al Teshuva and the nuances which continue to identify the Ba'al Teshuva from the rest of the community; and discuss how this movement may impact the future of the Orthodox community.
Instruction: 

This proficiency examination assesses students' knowledge of the Ba'al Teshuva movement which began in the second half of the Twentieth century as Jews returned to Orthodoxy and includes the perceived socio-historic challenges which the movement overcame, as well as those socio-historic factors which supported its development. At the completion of the course, students will be able to relate the entry points to the movement, such as synagogues and Ba'al Teshuva institutions of study, discuss the challenges of recruitment, describe how the Ba'al Teshuva tends to adapt to Orthodox culture and focus on which aspects pose special challenges, describe the cultural stigmas that the Ba'al Teshuva carries in the Orthodox community and how such stigma can be dealt with and explore the impact that the Ba'al Teshuva movement has had on the general Orthodox community. The proficiency examination also evaluates students' knowledge of the history, meaning, and social nuances of the Ba'al Teshuva movement, as well as the sociological terminologies that explain it.

Credit recommendation: 
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology, Religious Studies, Judaic Studies, Anthropology, or Jewish History (4/14).

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