Communication is an area that invariably draws much attention, hopes and concerns. Developments in media technologies have been transforming the way people communicate with each other, the way the news is gathered and disseminated, the way commercial companies market their products and services, the way entertainment has become imbued in various media formats, and the way governments communicate with citizens. Nonetheless, there is a host of enduring critical issues pertaining to social issues, democratic processes and human relations that remain more than ever at the heart of communication scholarship and practice.
With communication being a vital part of social interaction, work, commerce, and politics, it is not surprising that communication is a highly sought-after area of studies at The Faculty of Social Science at Tel Aviv University. Communication is diverse and vibrant academic discipline which is continuously challenged with the impact of direct and mediated communication on people's personal lives, social relations, and politics. The accelerated developments in new media in the past decade have intensified the interest of scholars and students alike in the changes that are taking place in Israel as well as globalization processes.
The Department of Communication was established in 1995, and offers a diverse curriculum for its students to obtain a firm grounding in communication studies and current research methodologies. Undergraduate students currently study communication as a double major, thus they combine their communication studies with another major. Courses offered include examining language and culture, new media technologies, media institutions, media content, communication for social changes in the environment.
In addition, students can choose from a variety of workshops in topics such as news reporting or advertising in order to gain an understanding of the professional aspects of communication. Students interested in professional training in journalism can enroll in a separate non-academic journalism certificate program, and they get credit for the theoretical communication courses they studied.
Our Master program focuses on Social Responsibility in Communication, and it is the only communication program in Israel with this emphasis. Postgraduate student deepen their understanding of communication theory and methods, and can tailor their courses around specific issues such as digital communication, journalism, health communication, language and culture, and so on.