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Summer Courses

The Department of Summer Courses and Special Programs offers a comprehensive spread of short-term, intensive and specialized summer courses designed for undergraduate and graduate students and mature learners with academic backgrounds. Varied study field trips complement these courses, bringing the subject matter to life while broadening the students' perspective and enriching their academic experience.  

 

This summer, our academic program offers courses in the following areas: Israel Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Law, Jerusalem Studies, Jewish and Religious Studies Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Economics and Trauma & Resilience.

 

For an overview of which courses can be combined, please take a look at the Summer Courses 2015 Time Table.

 

When registering for more than one summer course, you will be offered a 10% discount off of the total tuition fee.

 

Applicants currently enrolled in or who have completed an MA program are able to earn graduate credits for their participation in a summer course. More information on earning graduate credits is available on our website.

 

To apply for summer courses, please click on the following button:

 


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***Please note: The Hebrew University reserves the right to cancel courses for which there is insufficient registration.***


The Politics of Planning in Cities of Conflict: The Case of Jerusalem - NEW COURSE!!

The Politics of Planning in Cities of Conflict: The Case of Jerusalem - NEW COURSE!!

July 9 - August 5, 2015

As a growing urban center and international hub, Jerusalem has a crucial need for effective city planning and urban design. Exploring the contours of the city as well as the political developments that shaped it, in this course students gain a better understanding of the dilemmas and conflicts that affect contemporary city planning and urban design.
Collective Memory and Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel (SPSI201/48877)

Collective Memory and Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel (SPSI201/48877)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

In Israel—like in most contemporary societies—collective memory increasingly plays a leading role in the construction of national and group identities. Countless conflicts are caused, and some are resolved, through the narratives about the past that a people tells itself. This class takes an in-depth look at theories about collective memory and examines the ways in which these theories are exemplified in various Israeli case studies.
Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study (SPCR202/48457)

Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study (SPCR202/48457)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most persistent and infamous international conflicts, yet its key aspects have rarely been discussed by the media. The course provides students with an in-depth, multi-disciplinary study of the conflict, examining classic studies written by scholars of conflict resolution, social and clinical psychology, and law.
Field Trip to Tel-Aviv Summer 2009

The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel (SPIS201/48775)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

This course examines the emergence of the State of Israel from its origins in the late nineteenth century until today. It deals with the key issues of nation state building; the triangular conflict between the Zionists, British and Arabs and the emergence of religious, ethnic and national tensions.
The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (SPCR205/48499)

The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (SPCR205/48499)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

In this course we are going to deal with some of the pivotal events in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the early twentieth century to the present. The evolution of the conflict between Arab states, the Palestinians and the Zionist movement, the Arab-Israeli wars and the peace negotiations and treaties between Israel, Egypt Jordan and the Palestinian national movement, are some of the main themes in this course.
Israel and International Law (SPLW201/48777)

Israel and International Law (SPLW201/48777)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

The goal of the course is to provide an overview of public international law in an Israeli context. Israel as a functioning sovereign state is beset by a host of issues pertaining to its role in engaging other states and adhering to norms of international concern. This course analyzes the international legal framework as well as Israel's position in that framework.
Militant Radical Movements in Contemporary Islam (SPME2011/48782)

Militant Radical Movements in Contemporary Islam (SPME2011/48782)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

This course examines major contemporary Islamist movements and ideologies. What are the key Islamist movements? What motivates them? What is their relation to traditional Islamic thought and how do they relate to modernity? Against whom do they fight and why?
The New Kabbalah: From Jewish Mystics to Madonna (SPJT201/48776) (CANCELLED)

The New Kabbalah: From Jewish Mystics to Madonna (SPJT201/48776) (CANCELLED)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

This course explores the ways that Kabbalistic thought has entered diverse forms of contemporary spirituality, new-age thought, art, cinema, environmentalism, and even politics. Various perspectives on God, the universe, the human body, sexuality, meditation, ritual, and healing will be meticulously examined. The course incorporates interviews with living Kabbalists as well as a tour of Tzefat, the center of kabbalistic spirituality.
Uncovering Jerusalem: A Historical and Archaeological Survey (SPAR202/48794)

Uncovering Jerusalem: A Historical and Archaeological Survey (SPAR202/48794)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

Jerusalem has a rich history, throughout which it has grown and developed as a city containing a variety of populations, religions, cultures and architectural styles. This course explores the city of Jerusalem in its various stages of development: from biblical times, through the Middle Ages, to the present. The course includes field trips to sites throughout Jerusalem.
Archaeology of the New Testament (SPAR201/48784)

Archaeology of the New Testament (SPAR201/48784)

AUGUST 9 - 24, 2015

From his birth to his Crucifixion, Jesus of Nazareth changed the course of history as few did before him or have done since. The belief that he was the Messiah captured the hearts of many and by the fourth century Christianity became the official religion of the whole Roman Empire. This specially designed course will review and analyze the archaeological record of Christian activity in the Holy Land, from the time of Jesus and up to the Crusades. It will be comprised of class meetings, and intensive field trips to Jerusalem, the Galilee, and the Judean Desert.
Israel and the Post-Arab Spring: An Interactive View of the New Middle East (SPME2010/48795)

Israel and the Post-Arab Spring: An Interactive View of the New Middle East (SPME2010/48795)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

This course offers a first-hand perspective on the rising challenges and opportunities for coexistence in a Post Arab-Spring Middle East and their influence on Israel's future. Through field trips and engaging in dialogue with regional players, participants will gain personal insight into the religious, cultural, and political forces that are currently shaping the changing reality of the region.
Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (SPME209/48779)

Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (SPME209/48779)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

This course offers unique insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through exposure to a wide range of narratives, realities, and initiatives. By visiting key sites and engaging with government officials, religious experts, and political and NGO activists, participants will acquire a broader understanding about the conflict, its complexity, and its possible evolution or solutions.
Breakthrough Technologies: Shaping the Future (SPEC203/48788)

Breakthrough Technologies: Shaping the Future (SPEC203/48788)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

This program analyzes how exponentially growing technologies may impact our lives, industries and society in the next five to fifteen years. Throughout the program, participants will meet experts from different disruptive technologies and gain exposure to some of the latest breakthroughs developed in Israel, a world leader in innovation in the fields of Computer & Communications, Security, Clean-Tech, Nano-Tech, and Bio-Tech. With the insight gained, the students will be better prepared to face and seize the opportunities and challenges arising from the emergence of these technologies.
Start Ups and Innovation: The Israeli Model (SPEC202/48787)

Start Ups and Innovation: The Israeli Model (SPEC202/48787)

July 9 - August 5, 2015

This course offers students the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship and innovation essentials via the first-hand experience of successful Israeli innovators, in a country world-renowned as the "Start-up Nation". Students will gain direct access to the insights and knowhow of serial startup founders, industry specialists and senior personnel from innovative R&D centers of leading multinational corporations. In addition, they will learn practical models, tools and methodologies critical to the creation of startup companies and the development of innovative ventures of large organizations.
Institute for Education in International Media - The Jerusalem Project

Institute for Education in International Media - The Jerusalem Project

June 7 - July 5, 2015

Don't Just See the World...Cover It! Go beyond the headlines and get the real story on Israel in this hands-on, four-week international reporting program in Jerusalem, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Students will learn how to develop sources, conduct interviews and work with an interpreter and then report on the city around them, publishing their work on a professional-quality website.
Desert Ecologies of Israel - CANCELLED

Desert Ecologies of Israel - CANCELLED

July 8 – July 23, 2015

This program introduces students to the dramatically different desert ecosystems of Israel via lecture and field work. The course features exciting overnight excursions and jeep tours into the rugged, yet fragile desert environment.
Trauma & Resilience: Theory & Practice from the Israeli Experience (48530 & 48531)

Trauma & Resilience: Theory & Practice from the Israeli Experience (48530 & 48531)

July 12-23, 2015
July 27-31, 2015

This course presents a broad picture of the latest developments in the trauma field and presents both theory and research. Students learn about the consequences of trauma, healthy coping processes, possible pathological consequences as well as the risks of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, related distress and potential protective factors. Additional topics covered include trauma in the military, building resilience in the wake of trauma and war, medical trauma, the trauma of immigration, and vicarious trauma. The Israeli perspective and experience is highlighted.
An optional third week of clinical training is offered for clinicians interested in developing their clinical skills in the field.
The Hebrew University International Summer Program in Economics Education (ISEE) (SPEC201)

The Hebrew University International Summer Program in Economics Education (ISEE) (SPEC201)

July 13 - August 13, 2015

A five-week Summer School in Economics will be offered by the Department of Economics of the Hebrew University, earmarked for international undergraduate and MA students with a background in Economics.
Transboundary Water Cooperation - NEW PROGRAM

Transboundary Water Cooperation - NEW PROGRAM

July 27 – August 11, 2015

In this program students examine the distribution of available water resources among different users and sectors within Israel and beyond its borders. The course focuses on technological, legal and institutional mechanism to resolve the water conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. In cooperation with the University of Toronto
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