Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University

The Social Sciences study the collective aspects of the human experience as revealed in culture and the many forms of social organization. Since its foundation in 1964 the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University has set its goal to further our understanding of social forms in general and of Israeli society in particular. Located in Israel's largest metropolitan area - its business and cultural center - the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University offers a diverse and vibrant research and learning environment.


Supported by 17 Research Centers and Institutions the collective work of our faculty members has addressed such issues as Israeli and Jewish identity, the Israeli party system and voting behavior, Israeli family patterns and gender inequality, immigrant integration, the impact of immigration on economic development, Jewish-Arab relations, the impact of war and occupation on Israeli society and on individuals, social and economic inequality between Arabs and Jews and among Jews, the social impact of higher education expansion, and small countries in a globalizing world.


Comprising over 20 percent of Tel Aviv University's student enrollment the Faculty of Social Science is the most heterogeneous; with links to such diverse areas as neurosciences (cognitive and biopsychology), mathematics (economic theory), cultural studies (anthropology), and philosophy (political thought). Under the broad umbrella of social sciences scholars at Tel Aviv University study such varied topics as comparative political institutions; international relations; immigration and social rights; risk and decision making; markets and contracts; the effect of electronic media and its regulation; sustainable growth; work and organizations; stress and its regulation; perception and memory.


The 8 academic teaching units that comprise The Faculty of Social Sciences offer a wide array of study programs. The undergraduate program encourages our students to engage in multidisciplinary studies. Most students enroll in double major programs within the social sciences, such as Political Science and Communication, or Psychology and Sociology, or combining social sciences and other disciplines, such as Psychology and Biology, Economics and Computer Sciences, or Communication and Far Eastern Studies.


At the graduate level the Faculty of Social Sciences offers Master of Arts degrees in communication, conflict resolution, diplomacy, economics, labor studies, political science, psychology, public policy, security studies, social work, and sociology and anthropology. The research oriented programs aim to prepare the next generation of academic leadership, instilling in them deep theoretical understanding and methodological expertise. Our executive programs advance the knowledge-base and the analytical skills of professionals in early and mid-career in areas such as public policy, human resource management, diplomacy and security studies, political communication and political leadership. International programs fully conducted in English now provide students from around the world the opportunity to complete a Master of Arts degree at Tel Aviv University in conflict resolution,and diplomacy and security studies.


With its leading position in Israeli academia and its disciplinary diversity, the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University offers scholars and students an unparalleled opportunity to study, investigate and seek solutions to problems of individuals and society in the twenty first century.


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