Israeli Studies

Our mission is to provide Palestinian and Arab academic knowledge production with researchers capable of contributing original, critical knowledge about the various aspects of Israeli society. At the core of our educational philosophy is to strengthen critical awareness of power, hegemony, and the moral-political aspects of knowledge production in confronting occupation, settler colonialism and violence. 

  • To train scholars for researching and writing about the various (political, security, economic, social, cultural) aspects of Israeli society and its settler-colonial structure, and understanding its international and regional contexts, and its impact on the Palestinians and the Arab region.
  • Provide our graduates with excellent academic research, theoretical, and critical-thinking skills.
  • Contribute to the general knowledge and public debates within the university community and the community at large.

We expect our students to have a good sense and knowledge of:

  • Judaism and Jewish history at large.
  • Modern Zionist identity production, its ethnic tensions, and its settler-colonial context.
  • The history of Zionist settlement in Palestine and its impact on the Palestinians, and the Arab-Israeli struggle.
  •  The basic debates on the various aspects of Israeli society, culture, law, ideology, politics, military and security apparatus, views on international and regional relations, settlements and occupation, etc.
  • Understanding power-discourse relations and developing a critical Arab and Palestinian perspective on Israeli studies.
  • Using Hebrew sources in academic research.
  • Understanding and applying the various research methodologies.
  • Excellent skills in academic writing and criticism.

Our graduates will be qualified to seek jobs at:

  • Research institutes in Palestine and in the Arab region.
  • Various media organs and newspapers.
  • Official government bodies and international organizations
Program Requirements
  1. Passing the requirements for continuation of studies in the MA programs as specified in the Faculty for Graduate Studies Guidelines. 
  2. Passing the Hebrew qualification exam at the end of the second semester. 
  3. The students are required to pass a total of 36 credit hours, 18 of which are requirements, 12 elective, and 6 credit hours either for writing and successfully defending an MA thesis or two research seminars. The program, however, encourages students to opt for the thesis option.
  4. Remedial courses can be determined on a case-by-case basis, if necessary.

 

1. Compulsory courses: (18 credit hours)

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

ISST630

Research Methods

 

ISST631

Settler Colonialism and Israel

 

ISST632

Judaism and Jewish History

ISST630

ISST633

Zionism: Ideology and Movement

ISST630

ISST634

Israeli Political System

ISST630

ISST635

Political Economy of Israel

ISST630

 

2. Elective courses: (12 credit hours)

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

ISST636

The Palestinians in Israel

ISST630

ISST637

Geography and Demography in Israel 

ISST630

ISST638

Israeli Legal System

ISST630

ISST730

Israeli Media

ISST630

ISST731

National Security in Israel

ISST630

ISST732

Women and Gender in Israel 

ISST630

ISST733

Education and Scientific Research in Israel 

ISST630

ISST734

Israel and World Jewry

ISST630

ISST735

Ethnic Divisions in Israel

ISST630

ISST736

State and Religion in Israel

ISST630

ISST737

Introduction to Culture and Literature in Israel

ISST630

ISST738

Special Topic

ISST630

 

3. Hebrew Language: The students are required to take intensive Hebrew language courses offered by the program to prepare them for a qualification exam at the end of the first year. These courses are not part of the program's credit hours. Students with prior Hebrew language skills can take the exam at the beginning of their studies and thus be exempted from these courses. 

 

4. Track “A” or Track “B”:6 Credit Hours; Thesis or two Seminars

 

Course Number

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

Track A

ISST860

Thesis

 

Track B

ISST830

Seminar 1

 

ISST831

Seminar 2