M.A. in Global Migration and Policy Tel Aviv University  -  Courses

Students in the M.A. in Migration Studies Program study two days a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. The schedule of classes for 2019-2020 can be found in the course catalogue (ידיעון תש"פ).

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Registration for courses is done via the program coordinator - there is no bidding for courses in this MA program.


Below is a list of courses offered by the M.A. in Migration Studies Program

Please note that course offerings are updated each year, and are subject to change.

​An overview of academic requirements and credit hours can also be found in the course catalogue ידיעון תש"פ) 2019-2020, in Hebrew).


You can learn more about our lecturers on the our faculty page.


(R) indicates a required course, (S) indicates a seminar course, and (E) indicates an elective course.

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Theories of International Migration (R)

Lecturer: Dr. Adi Hercowitz

Course Description: The social phenomenon of people moving to other regions than the one in which they were born, i.e. immigration, is rooted in human pre-history. It is fueled by many diverse factors - economic, political, familial, environmental as well ideological and has a major effect not only on the prospective migrant but on the sending and receiving countries as well. Today international immigration is a major global phenomenon affecting scores of individual lives, communities and societies and lies at the heart of ongoing public debates in several countries. In parallel it has received considerable scholarly attention focusing on its numerous and fascinating dimensions. This course aims to offer students the opportunity to learn and critically analyze the main theoretical perspectives on international migration looking into several of its sub-fields. We will dwell on the drivers and types of international migration; the issues of economic, social and linguistic incorporation; public opinion and perceptions of threat towards immigrants; migration of asylum seekers and the issue of humanitarianism; the case of female migration; and last discuss the matter of return migration. Through this examination during the course we will be able to better understand and address these interesting social questions: Why do people migrate? How are they received and perceived in their new societies? Under what circumstances do they return to their country of origin? And what major challenges are embedded in this social phenomenon, today and in the future? The course will combine lectures, movies and class discussions.​

This course is offered in the fall semester and required for first year students.

Qualitative Research Methods (R)

Lecturer: Prof. Eimi Lev

Course Description: The aim of this Graduate qualitative research methods course is to introduce various qualitative research approaches and methods. This course will focus on conceptual approaches as well as practical techniques. Throughout the course we will learn basic skills and discuss issues of ethics, quality, reflexivity and academic writing in qualitative research.

This course is offered in the fall semester and required for first year students.

    Quantitative Research Methods (R)

    Lecturer: Dr. Ina Kubbe

    Course Description: This is an introductory course on quantitative research methods in social sciences. The course is designed to cover basic principles of empirical research and data analysis using statistical methods. The course consists of a series of lectures accompanied by practical research experience, including data analysis using statistical software package SPSS.

    This course is offered in the summer semester and required for first year students.

    Comparative Migration and Citizenship Regimes (R)

    Lecturer: Avinoam Cohen

    This course provides an introduction to current policy trends in a comparative perspective. It includes two main modules. At first, we will look into the "classic" modes of immigration policy that focus on the regulation of entry, status, naturalization, integration and exclusion. We will study particular policy measures and ask how policies are negotiated and designed within and in support of different migration regimes. In the second module we will account for the increasing reach of migration policy beyond its traditional domains. From the labor market, through criminal law, trade and financial regulation, to regulation of cultural conduct, multiple spheres of human activity have become sites for immigration policymaking. Looking at immigration policies in these variety of domains, we will study the interplay between restrictive and expansive approaches to migration that are often coextensive.

    In applying this layered perspective of immigration policy to particular cases, the course offers tools for examining immigration policies in context; to evaluate policy effects; and to assess the role of planned interventions in making and unmaking migration patterns. Finally, the focus on policy lends an important viewpoint on the institutions, structures and agents involved in the policing of borders and persons. To study contemporary efforts to control or manage migration is, ultimately, to study the current conditions of a global order and its basic sovereign territorial units that define international migration.

    This course is offered in the fall semester and required for second year students.

    Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Refugees (R)

    Lecturer: Ms. Rosa Da Costa

    Overview: "In history as in modern times, the international community has faced a dilemma regarding the desired policy that should be implemented toward the movement of refugees". The United Nations has come to define who constitutes a refugee and accordingly, many countries have also evolved to define their policy regarding refugees and asylum seekers. Approaching this topic through a legal lens, this course will focus on a variety of issues, including:

    • The basic principles of refugee protection and asylum seekers that dictate and shape the nature of their protection.
    • The legal definition of a refugee and its justifications.
    • The main conflicts of refugee law: the question of state sovereignty in the face of international institutions; questions of treatment of refugees as part of global responsibility, and refugee rights in the face of security considerations and demography concerns.
    • Alternative protection regimes.

    This is an elective course offered in the fall semester.

    Theories of Identity in the Context of Migration (R)

    Lecturer: Dr. Anna Prashizky

    Course Description:

    There is currently a burgeoning interest in sociology, anthropology and politics around questions of ethnicity, identity politics and minority rights. This course will provide a sociological perspective centered on questions of ethnicity and inter-group relations. It examines theoretical and empirical issues related to ethnicity in the context of global immigration. The central issues of the course are: what is the difference between race and ethnicity; what is ethnic identity; the generational change of ethnicity and the children of contemporary immigrants; hybrid identity and the popular culture and rituals of immigrants; inter-ethnic encounters within the family; social capital and ethnicity; passing as non-ethnic; therapy with ethnic minorities. The course will deal with the different types of ethnicity: such as reactive, strong and symbolic ethnicity of the immigrants around the world. The special emphasis will be laid on the examples of ethnic relations and different immigrant groups in Israel.

    This course is offered in the summer semester and required for first year students.

    Migration and Civil Society Workshop (S)

    Lecturer: Prof. Adriana Kemp

    Teaching Assistant: Nora Meissner

    Course Description: Civil society is a multi-dimensional and debated concept with a long history in the social sciences. Defined as a sphere of voluntary social action, a form of self-expression and a field of struggle, the concept of civil society relates in several ways with migration related phenomena. 

    This course addresses four core issues topical for the understanding of the relationship between civil society and migration: Human Rights and Migrants’ Rights Advocacy; Education and Migrants’ Forms of Incorporation; Civil Society, Development and New Forms of Governance and Identity Politics and the Second Generation.

    We will approach each issue from both a practical and theoretical perspective, going back and forth from the “books” to the “field”. With that aim, the seminar is divided into guest lectures and theoretical discussions. The guest lectures will bring the “field” into class: they introduce a wide variety of civil society organizations and initiatives working on different issues, using a variety of tools and addressing different constituencies. They aim at providing information and insights on the actually existing work in the field in different spheres of action. The theoretic debates go back to the “books”: they will be based on a theoretically informed discussion of central concepts and ideas relevant to each topic of discussion. With that aim, in our first meeting we will divide into teams (size depending of number of students). Each team will be “in charge” of presenting and leading the theoretical debate of one topic (see below).

    The course lasts for a full academic year and is required for first year students.

    Seminar: Attitudes Toward Immigrants(S)

    Lecturers: Dr. Anastasia Gorodzeisky

    Overview: The seminar focuses on theoretical models and empirical research of labor migration, incorporation of immigrants in the labor market of the host society and public attitudes toward immigration and immigrants. A special emphasize is given to the impact of globalization on patterns of immigration and on the distinction among various types of immigrants and migrants. During the seminar, the students will be introduced to recent national and cross-national comparative studies on the topics and will get to know relevant data sources. The students will carry out their own empirical research on one of the above-mentioned topics. The research can be cast either within the context of a particular country or within a cross-national comparative framework. Students are expected to be familiar with quantitative research methods and to perform basic data analysis with one of the following statistical software: SPSS, STATA, or EXCEL.

    Models of immigrant integration and their challenges in the 21st century (S)

    Lecturer: Dr. Esther Lopatin

    Course Description: This seminar will examine various models of immigrant integration in the Western world. We will begin with a discussion of one of the main theories of integration of immigrants, assimilation, with its offshoots, including spatial assimilation, ethnic boundaries and communities, and segmented assimilation. We will then discuss multiculturalism, and how it developed from ideas of value diversity and human rights. Modern critiques of these traditional approaches will also be discussed. We will then examine how different Western countries including EU Member States (such as Britain, Germany, France, etc.) and the United States, implemented different models of integration - assimilation, multiculturalism, and a hybrid of the two, and to what extend they have been considered successful. We will also explore how recent development in the Western World such as the economic and refugee crises in Europe, and change of presidency in the US are impacting the trajectory of integration policy, and particularly, how policy changes are effecting labor migrants and asylum seekers. Finally, we will reflect on future perspectives and which model of integration is likely to be embraced and adopted by many Western countries in the 21st Century in order to address the challenge of integration of immigrant populations.  

    Forced Migration and the Humanitarian System (E)

    Lecturer: Mr. Einav Levy

    Course Description: Forced migration is a major international challenge, which combines core issues of humanity andequality. Targeting the urgent and unique needs derived from this challenge, requires a multisectorial approach alongside deep effort to mitigate the complexed characteristics of the phenomena. A main sector contributing to this effort is the Humanitarian sector. The humanitarian system is in a period of intense disruption and change. On the one hand, humanitarian needs are being amplified by climate changes and its consequences, and by political, economic and demographic growing instability. These instability and change are severely challenging institutions, professional practices, and cultural and ethical norms. The course will strive to discuss the blurred reality of the response given by the humanitarian system to the challenge of forced migration. It will address some of the specific aspects of the forced migration through academicals means and through field work analysis. Optional solutions, new approaches and innovative models will be used to deepen the understanding of what one can do within the system in order to develop a critical thinking and a sustainable infrastructure.

    This is an elective course offered in the fall semester.

    European Politics and Migration (E)

    Lecturer: Dr. Ina Kubbe

    Course Description: More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe since 2015. Yet, this was not the first wave of migration and Europe’s governments and citizens are still looking for ways how to face and meet the challenges and opportunities involved. The main purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the politics of migration in contemporary Europe. From a comparative perspective, we will have a look at Europe’s actors, the role of institutions, policies, policy-making, public opinion and certain issues and debates over migration in different countries. The course seeks to answer the following major questions: (1) what are the causes, effects and challenges of migration in European countries and (2) how do policy makers respond to these effects?

    Global Middle Class (E)

    Lecturer: Dr. Miri Yemini

    Course Description: The course "Global middle class" deals with the question How professional families manoeuvre mobilities as a resource in the global space. Increasing numbers of highly- educated and skilled professionals are internationally mobile for work. Some are transferred by employers; some proactively seek out new positions in different countries. The currently estimated size of this group (known as globally mobile professionals, ‘global expatriates’ or members of a global middle class) is 66.2 million, which is predicted to rise to 87.5 million by 2021. The increasing number, but also growing cultural diversity of this group (originating from all parts of the world), and the extent to which/frequency they relocate is an important articulation of newer forms of transnationalism that encompass the movement of people and ideas, and changing economic and social relations.

    This seminar offers in depth explorations and characterisations of globally mobile professionals’ families across various life domains, considering how these families experience mobility and what motivates these relocations; how families create a sense of identity while ‘on the move’; what short-term and longer term aspirations the professionals, their partners and their children have; what education and extra-curricular choices are made; how different cultural contexts are negotiated etc. Critically, during the classes we’ll seek to consider how these middle-class families work to reproduce and extend their privilege, and so engage in ‘class-making’ practices.

    This is an elective course offered in the fall semester.

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