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B.A. in Society and Politics 

General 

The objective of the program is to give students knowledge and understanding of the issues related to government, politics, society and how they interrelate. By applying the knowledge they gain in political science and sociology, students can examine political and social processes and compare them to current processes in their surroundings and around the world.

At the core of the program are introductory courses in the following subjects:

·         Politics and government in Israel and around the world

·         International politics

·         A comparative examination of social processes in Israel

·         Culture and politics

Special emphasis is placed on a comparative view of Israeli society and politics. As part of this effort, students gain mentored practical experience. Later in their studies, students choose one of the following four majors:

·         Civil Society

·         Politics and Society in Israel

·         Public Policy

·         International Politics.

As part of their studies in their major, students are introduced to advanced theoretical approaches and to the work being done in the field. The various major programs are described below.

 

Curriculum structure:
 

Required courses

Majors

Seminars

Electives

Total

Major-specific courses

Professional internship

62

16

6

4

24

112 

 

Professional internship

 

Beginning in the second year of studies, students may participate in a professional internship. The year-long internship gives the student six credit units. Through their internship, students will have an opportunity to engage in practical volunteer work for several hours a week in an organization or institution in a project to be chosen in advance. During their work, an in-depth academic discussion will be held on the issues, problems and various insights relevant to the experience at the organization or institution. Depending on their major, students may select from one of the following three groups of internships:

·         Professional specialization in civil organizations

·         Public management

·         International organizations

The advanced studies include both a theoretical section (major-specific courses) and practical experience (internship).

 

Majors

In their second year, students are asked to select one of the following four majors: Civil Society, Israeli Politics and Society, Public Policy or International Politics. Students are able to take courses in different majors as well. These courses will be considered as electives.

 

A. Major in Civil Society

Over the past decade, shifts in the political, social and economic structures have lead to an expansion of civil society and a variety of related organizations:  non-governmental organizations, volunteer organizations, workers organizations and non-profit organizations that promote the rights of various groups in society.

This major is designed to give students the academic background to understand civil society and provide them with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in this field.

 

B. Major in Israeli Politics and Society

Most political science and sociology departments at Israeli universities emphasize the theoretical and comparative aspects of society and politics. This major is designed to provide students with a close familiarity with key social and political issues in Israel.

Students in this major will be given the academic background necessary to understand the main processes in Israel and an opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

 

C. Major in Public Policy

 

One of the main challenges in Israel today is the need to improve public administration and the services provided to citizens.

This major is designed to train students to work in the public sector by providing them with the academic background to understand the structure and functions of governmental agencies and an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field.

 

D. Major in International Politics

 

The accelerated processes of globalization over the past two decades make it imperative for us to re-examine the structure and dynamic of the international system as well as its impact on events in different regions of the world.

This major, which encompasses elements from international relations and comparative politics, is designed to make students more familiar with the key processes in today's world and to analyze the external influences on social, cultural and political life in different places. Special emphasis is placed on study of these processes in the Middle East.

Students will be given the opportunity to gain professional experience in an organization involved in international affairs.

 




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