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In an increasingly mobile and cosmopolitan world, intercultural encounters play a significant role. Israel in general, and Haifa in particular offer a unique opportunity to explore and experience such encounters at first hand. The course introduces students to the field of intercultural encounters from an Anthropological perspective. The sessions address a verity of theoretical and methodological issues, such as: cultural diversity, identity and belonging, interculturality, self and other, sameness and difference, tolerance, conflict and dialogue; accompanied by the art and craft of qualitative research, from ethnography, material culture and narrative analysis to in-depth interviewing.In an increasingly mobile and cosmopolitan world, intercultural encounters play a significant role. Israel in general, and Haifa in particular offer a unique opportunity to explore and experience such encounters at first hand. The course introduces students to the field of intercultural encounters from an Anthropological perspective. The sessions address a verity of theoretical and methodological issues, such as: cultural diversity, identity and belonging, interculturality, self and other, sameness and difference, tolerance, conflict and dialogue; accompanied by the art and craft of qualitative research, from ethnography, material culture and narrative analysis to in-depth interviewing.

Special emphasis is consequently placed upon the qualitative study of intercultural encounters and identities within an overall ethnographic framework, which merges both narrative analysis and material culture exploration. The weekly sessions will be accompanied by several selected readings, songs, movie-clips, photos and other means of enhancing the class presentations and discussions. However, the main emphasis will be on the “hands-on” experience and practice of doing qualitative research, rather than merely reading about it on a theoretical level. Students will therefore be expected to complete a series of practical, ethnographic exercises and small-scale research assignments, as well as share their experiences in class.

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