Case Initiative

Case Initiative

Case Initiative

An examination of religious diversity and interfaith relations through decision-based case studies and participant-centered discussions

About the Case Initiative

In 2005, the Pluralism Project began an experiment to creatively apply the case method to the dilemmas and disputes of multireligious America. How might this pedagogy change the way we teach—and how students learn? Since that time, we have developed a small library of decision-based cases, have hosted convenings on case teaching, fostered new collaborations, and are developing a cohort of educators who are integrating the case method in their own classroom. 

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Featured Case Study

Showing Up for Shabbat

After the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a national Jewish organization announces an interfaith “Show Up for Shabbat” event the next weekend. Rabbi Joel Sisenwine reluctantly agrees to open the doors of his Wellesley, Massachusetts temple, but questions the value of an interfaith event when his community is seeking safety and security.

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Pluralism Project Cases

About the Case Method

A selection of materials on the case method of teaching in Religious Studies and other fields. Of special interest are teaching guidelines from our colleagues at the Harvard Business School.

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Other Cases & Materials

A curated collection of case studies and other materials that may be taught as cases. Of special interest are selected news articles that may supplement, or function as, case studies.

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