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.