Israeli Program

The program for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution is an interdisciplinary graduate program taught in Hebrew, focusing on research topics in conflict management and resolution in various fields.

The program includes the study of the theoretical approaches, strategies, and techniques of conflict management, resolution and problem solving between individuals; social, economic, and political groups; communities; and states. The program includes both academic-theoretical and methodological courses, with the latter addressing the development of skills, techniques, and internships related to conflict resolution

In the framework of the academic-theoretical courses, the student is exposed to major theories in the field of conflict research on the different levels, with an emphasis on analysis of real-world cases. The student acquires practical tools in the framework of workshops that impart conflict-management skills in such contexts as negotiations, mediation, and group workshops. Most of the courses are delivered in seminar and small group formats.

 

General Information

Studying Tracks

MA Studies take place in two tracks:

Research track (with thesis)

Non-research track (without thesis)

General Requirements for Both Tracks

Candidates who are accepted will be required to take supplementary courses to their BA studies within the Faculty during their first year of MA studies. To continue their studies, they must obtain a grade average of at least 80 in the supplementary courses. The supplementary courses will be personally chosen for each student by the Program's counselor, out of the following list of courses:

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introduction to Sociology or Introduction to Psychology 
  • Introduction to International Relations or Introduction to Political Science

Duration of the Study Program:

In light of the uniqueness of the Program and the limited number of spots, students who are accepted will take the full Program and will complete their studies within two years  

Candidates to the Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate Degree must present the following documents:

Original transcript stamped by the academic institution including a Final Average, as well as the original certificate of eligibility and signed degree.

Those who have not yet graduated must send (from the educational institution):

  1. An official original transcript that includes all grades received to date.
  2. The most updated average
  3. An undergraduate debt balance.

Click here for the university registration site

 

Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

The Program will accept about twenty graduate students for the first year of MA studies, and an effort will be made to accept graduate students from different departments. Applications may be submitted by students whose final grade average is at least 85.

Faculty Requirements:

If your English level classification is not "exemption", it is necessary to present an approval of "exemption in a university level" based on Psychometric exam/ Amir test / Amiram test as a condition of acceptance to the Master program.

Overseas students must take a test to determine the required level of Hebrew for master's degree studies at the Faculty.

 

Study Program

The Program is taught in Hebrew.

The Studies at the Swiss Center for Conflict Resolution take two years (four semesters).

Classes are held one day a week (Monday) throughout the day (8:00-20:00) 

 

Study Program is Held in Two Tracks:

Non-research track

Research track 

In both Tracks, Students are Required to Study:

1. Mandatory courses:

A. Theoretical core courses

B. Training courses: tools and techniques

C. Research and methodological courses (required to learn in the first-year)

D. Interdisciplinary Departmental Seminar (active participation required for two years)

E. Students of the research track are required to study another training course

2. Elective courses:

A. Of the program

B. From other programs (we cannot ensure these courses will be held on Mondays)

3. Writing at least one seminar paper

 

Research Track

Beginning in their second year of studies, students can take the research track, in which they are required to submit a final research paper. In this track, the student chooses a supervisor from the program's academic staff for guidance in writing their thesis paper. Students who choose this track may continue on to Ph.D studies.

Entry Requirements into the Research Track (34 credits for graduation) 

Students who wish to enroll in the research track must meet the following conditions:

  • The student has to complete at least 18 credits during the first year in the program, with an average of at least 90%.
  • The student must submit one seminar paper and receive a minimum grade of 90%.
  • The student must have a supervisor.

It's necessary to submit the thesis topic and the supervisor's approval to the center's academic committee by Dec. 31 2016. The thesis paper must be submitted by Dec. 31 2017.

Research Track Academic Structure

Mandatory Courses (19-23 credits)

A. Theoretical courses (8 credits) - four courses to choose from six options 

B. Training courses - Tools and Techniques (5-8 credits) - two courses to choose from four options

C. Research and methodological courses (2-3 credits) - required to learn in the first-year, one of three options

D. Interdisciplinary Departmental Seminar (2 credits) - duty of active participation for two years

E. Proficiency courses for Research Track students (2 credits) - required to learn in the second-year, one of two options:

  • Research approaches and skills for graduate students (Prof. Yifat Maoz)
  • Psychology, politics, gender and social networks in inter group relations and in conflict (Prof. Yifat Maoz)

Elective Courses (7-11 credits)

The student chooses elective courses in one of the two following clusters:

  • Political, international, legal, media cluster
  • Psychological, social, cultural, gender, cinematic cluster

Seminar Paper (4 credits)

The student will write a seminar paper in one of the theoretical courses of the program. The student will get four credits on the paper, in addition to the course credits.

Research Work

In addition to the seminar paper, the student will write a thesis paper based on original research. The thesis can be the length of an article publication or longer, according to what is common in the area where the work was written. The thesis can be an extension, depth or focus of a seminar paper. The thesis supervisor and a second reader will read the work and grade it.

Eligibility for MA 

The student is entitled to qualify only with the average of at least 80% in the courses and a grade of at least 80% on the thesis paper.

Final Score Weighting

The average course grades 60%

Thesis 40%

 

 

Non Research Track

Non Research Track Academic structure (36 credits)

Mandatory Courses (17-21 credits)

A. Theoretical courses (8 credits) - four courses to choose from six options

B. Training courses - tools and techniques (5-8 credits) - two courses to choose from four options

C. Research and methodological courses (2-3 credits) - required to learn in the first-year, one of three options

D. Interdisciplinary Departmental Seminar (2 credits) - duty of active participation for two years

Elective Courses (7-11 credits)

The student chooses elective courses in one of the two following clusters:

  • Political, international, legal, media cluster
  • psychological, social, cultural, gender, cinematic cluster

Two Seminar Papers (8 credits)

The student will write two seminar papers, one in one of the theoretical courses of the program, the other in any of the program courses which enables submitting a seminar paper.  For each paper, the student will get four credits in addition to the course credits.

Eligibility MA

A student is entitled to qualify only with the average of at least 70% in the courses

Final Score weighting

The average course grades 100%

 

The Internship Program - Practicum

As part of the Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution Masters Studies program, we offer our students the opportunity to participate in an internship program.  Its aim is to enrich the participants' knowledge in management and resolution of conflicts, to increase their exposure to work in the social and public sector, and mainly to enable them to acquire proper skills in those fields.

The participation in the internship program involves a selection process, and only outstanding students are accepted. The Internship program is conducted for almost a decade in a framework of a larger project at the Hebrew University Faculty of Social Science. The Swiss Center is pioneering in applying this program to outstanding Masters students.

Mrs. Maya De Vries supervised our students during the Internship and wrote a summery about the experience:

This year we were able to integrate our students in excellent internships such as: The Knesset, the Israeli Central Statistics Bureau, the Knesset TV channel, The Strategic Dept. within the office of the President of the State of Israel, the Jerusalem Municipality and more.

As part of the internship, the students are obliged to participate in an academic course that is divided to class meetings and 'one-on-one' meetings. Alongside their practical work, the students are expected to hand in a final paper relating directly to their internship. Hence, throughout the course the students were exposed to various research methods, focusing on qualitative methods. In this manner, the students worked intensively, throughout the year finding a research question, choosing a proper method and creating the research outline.

At the end of the academic year the students presented their research outline in a format of a poster as part of a formal graduation ceremony.

 

Courses

You can find the full courses list of the Swiss Center for Conflict Research during the 2016-2017 academic year in the course schedule website.

In the course schedule, you can see the full details on the hours, credits, course type etc.

 

The 2017-2018 academic year (this list doesn’t include elective courses of other programs)

 

 

Recommended Elective Courses


    

The Swiss center for Conflict Resolution offers about 30 elective courses each year, from different programs (including in the humanities, social sciences, law, education and the social work), the most prominent during the 2016-2017 academic year are:

Course

Number

Course

Name

Lecturer

38931           

The Mistress Syndrome: Israel in the Middle East

Prof. Elie Podeh

38940

Between Springs and Winter: the Arab Revolutions and their Results               

Prof. Elie Podeh

40949

Multi-Party Environmental Conflict Workshop

Amitay Har-Lev

50518

Media and Discourse in Political Conflict

Dr. Christian Baden

49600

Multi-Disciplinary Workshop on Environmental

Prof. Itay Fishhendler

40935

The Water Policy in Israel

Prof. Itay Fishhendler

50904

Israeli and Palestinian Intifada Cinema

Prof. Raya Morag

56912

Public Policy Dilemmas and Political Philosophy

Prof. Avner De-Shalit

56806

Democracy and Politics in Israel

Prof. Eitan Alimi