Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience
Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence in Orthodox Judaism (SOC 310)
Varies; self-study format.
March 2021 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the learning experience students will be able to: demonstrate a proficiency and understanding of the processes involved in the raising of children in the traditional Jewish Society; the impact of education, disciplinary structure, social outlets, schooling, and accepted practices for children growing up and reaching maturity in the Orthodox Judaic world. Given the broad spectrum of practice within the Judaic world, this course intends to cover as many of the different ethnicities that exist in the various cultures of Jewish society. Students will also be able to take into account the historic perspectives which have influenced the upbringing of children in Jewish society; explore the origin of many practices which have emerged in modern times; understand the evolution of custom and law pertaining to children and adolescents in Jewish Society. The student is expected to have attained a thorough understanding of both the modern Jewish Child, and his counterpart from yesteryore who may have lived many centuries earlier in both theory and practice and understand clearly how to bridge that gap.
This course is taught in variable format. The online format consists of a module-based format (with a required textbook) consisting of on-going and cumulative competency-based assessments (quizzes and final exam), open-ended essays, student activity and observations/reflections. Final grade is based on a final exam. Study materials are provided in the form of both a comprehensive study guide which generally follows the textbook closely, and study aids such as PowerPoint presentations and other digital media to aid in conveying the material. Additional reading material may be assigned as either optional or mandatory for the course. A frontal presentation is also available as an option for the course and the instructor may use a module-based format delivery to convey the material with the final exam being the sole determinant of the final grade.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religion, Sociology, Anthropology, History, or as a General Elective (8/21).