Jerusalem and Israel present a wide array of intriguing issues and contemporary topics for study within political science and the social sciences. Relevant courses are available in a variety of fields that demonstrate the strengths of Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS): anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, economics, environmental studies, communication, urban planning, and public governance.
Using Jerusalem and Israel as a case study, you can take advantage of this broad range of subjects to gain a wider understanding of social, political, and cultural phenomena around the world. Jerusalem affords a fascinating and unique experience: cosmopolitan, multicultural, diverse, and splintered. Here, you can learn “on the ground” about the contemporary issues you might only read about elsewhere.
Summer & Short-Term
All courses are open to both undergraduate and graduate students:
- Energy Politics in the Middle East
- Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study
- The Politics of Jerusalem
- Religion in the Holy Land: The Role of Faith in Peace & Conflict
- Trauma & Resilience: Theory & Practice from the Israeli Experience
- International Summer Program in Economics Education
- Understanding Israeli Identities Hands-On
Individual summer semester graduate courses are also available through our study abroad program.
Individual Undergraduate Courses
Provided as examples only and subject to change:
- Israeli Politics
- Human Rights in Israel
- Theories of International Relations and the Realities of the Middle East
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Israel’s Economy in the Global Context
- Neuroeconomics: The Brain in Decision Making
- Challenges of Regional Cooperation
- Seeing in Bits: New Media and Digital Culture
- Negotiating Middle East Peace
- Issues in Cognitive Neurosciences
- Foreign Policy of Israel
- Politics and Violence: Selected Topics
- Game Theory: Applications in International Relations
- The Role of International Law in Formulating Foreign Policy
- Media and Nationalism from an Israeli Perspective
- Diversity and Coexistence
As an undergraduate student, you can choose to tailor your courses to suit your academic interests, selecting from among RIS courses and English-taught courses in other HebrewU faculties, such as in the humanities, social sciences, and law.
- Israel Studies, with an Emphasis on Israeli Politics, Society, & Media (M.A. or non-degree)
- Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies (M.A. or non-degree)
Non-Degree Graduate Studies
As a graduate student studying abroad with us from another institution, you can also choose to tailor your courses to suit your academic interests in a study abroad program or as a visiting research student, selecting from among RIS courses and English-taught courses in other HebrewU faculties, such as in the humanities, social sciences, and law.