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Undergraduate studies (B.A.) in Society and Politics

School of Government and Society offers a unique curriculum in Society and Politics, a program that follows interactions between governance, politics and society. This programs equips students with up-to-the minute, unmatched tools enabling them to professionally examine political and social processes.

During their second year of studies students may intern in civil society organizations, public administration, international organizations, as well as in institutes specializing in society, sustainability and management

 

Program Structure

Compulsory coursesBasic coursesElective coursesSeminar Internship

Total

 

66 credits16 credits
(6 Political Science, 10 Sociology)
20 credits4 credits6 credits

112 credits

 

 

 

Internship in Society and Politics studies

As of their second year of studies, students enrolled in the society and politics program can choose to intern.

Internship includes a number of weekly hours students experience practical work in an organization or institute of their choice. The internship is an annual project granting 6 academic credits. Synchronizing practical work with theory, a theoretical part of the internship includes in-depth academic discussions, discussing themes, problems, and insights immerging from the work and internship.  

The students choose one out of three areas of internship: civil society organizations, public administration, or interning in international organizations – according to the cluster of specialization they have chosen.

 

Specialization clusters

Please note: students may choose to take courses from clusters other than their specializing cluster. These courses, therefore, will be recognized as elective courses.

 

1. Specializing in civil society

 

Over the past decade political, social, and economic changes have expanded the civil society and the scope of organizations active amongst it - NGO's, voluntary organizations, worker organizations, as well as associations advancing the rights of different groups in society.
The cluster of courses focusing on civil society is designed to provide students with academic infrastructure and understanding of the civil society, as well as an opportunity to practice professionally in one of the civil society organizations in Israel.

 

2. Specializing in politics and the Israeli society

 

How are decisions made in Israel? And how do Israelis choose their decisions makers?

The politics and Israeli society cluster is designed to provide students with the academic infrastructure and profound understanding of key processes in Israeli politics, and an opportunity to experience one of the players in the political arena.

 

3. Specializing in public administration

 

With all due respect to a handful of decision makers, the modern state is governed by bureaucrats. In Israel, one of the main challenges is to enhance public administration and streamline services rendered to the civil society.
The public administration cluster is designed to train students and prepare them toward careers in the public sector, providing an academic infrastructure and understanding of government and public institutes, as well as an opportunity to experience and practice in this sector.

 

4. Specializing in international politics

 

Accelerating globalization processes require reexamination of the international ecosystem, its dynamics, and the impact it has on the nation-states.

The international politics cluster combines subjects related to international relations and to comparative politics. This cluster is designed to expose students to key world processes, as well as provide an opportunity to practice and experience the impact these processes have on social life, the culture, and on politics in Israel.

 

4. Specializing in society, sustainability and management

 

This combined undergraduate (BA) program in society, sustainability, and management provides students with a broad and balanced perspective, taking into account resources, social, economic, and environmental needs, and requirements. The program emphasizes on educating the students, providing them with the understanding of how these disciplines interact and relate to one another, as well as to the field they have chosen to specialize in.
Targeting future decision makers in the public, private, and social sectors, in areas of governance, administration, and economics, the program provides an integrative toolbox of knowledge and competence.
Choosing this cluster of courses holds double value; both social and in terms of business. With a broad multidimensional macro approach on the subjects, the program being a melting pot of disciplines supports graduates handle sustainability issues in various areas of practice. Also, the unique collaboration between the two schools - school of economics and management and the school of government and society, allows for refining as well as expanding, developing critical thinking and attaining efficient and effective work tools.


A full description of the program is detailed in the handbook .