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 2018-2019 (in Hebrew) can be found in the course catalogue (ידיעון תשע"ט).

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Resigstration 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 תשע"ט) 2018-2019).


(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: Professor Noah Lewin-Epstein 

Course Description: The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the main issues and debates in the field of international migration. The course consists of two main parts. The first focuses on theories of immigration (why people move). Guided by migration theories, the past (particularly the 1840-1920 period) and current patterns of migration in various parts of the world will be discussed. The second part of the course focuses on the integration of immigrants in host societies. This section begins with theories and empirical studies of immigrants' skills and assimilation into labor markets, and then discusses social assimilation and integration of immigrants.

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.

Quantitative Research Methods (R)

Lecturer: To be Announced

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.

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.


Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Refugees (R)

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.
Immigration and Minorities: Linguistic, Psychological, and Educational Aspects (R)

Lecturer: Dr. Michal Tannenbaum

Course Description: The course discusses issues of immigration and minority groups with regard to identity and language matters, focusing on social, emotional, and educational aspects. These discussions will be with reference to various ethnolinguistic minorities in Israel and other countries and contexts.

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. The first semester provides the basis for the mandatory internships in the second semester. During the second semester, we will hold 4 meetings in class (to be announced) during which you will present your internship projects and get feedback on your preliminary thoughts about the final report.   

Public Perceptions of Immigrants and Immigration (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.

Topics in Citizenship: Migration, Ethnicity, Commodification (S)

Lecturer: Dr. Yossi Harpaz

Course Description: The seminar will focus on the analysis of contemporary trends in the field of citizenship and nationality. In recent years, this institution has undergone a series of changes, including the rising legal acceptance of dual citizenship, the growth of "citizenship for sale" programs and the facilitation of immigrant integration in many countries. At the same time, numerous countries have adopted tough measures against immigration, while populist movements call for even stricter restrictions on immigrants and the erection of new walls and fences. These changes lead us to rethink questions of nationalism, ethnicity, democracy and inequality. In the course of the seminar, we will focus on analyzing three dimensions of change: the effect of international migration on citizenship in both sending and receiving countries; the relationship between citizenship and ethnicity; and the growing tendency toward the commodification of citizenship. The seminar will guide students as they carry out independent research project on a relevant topic. The class will involve lectures, class discussion and class presentations, as well as independent research. It will be conducted in English.

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. 

Interface of Sociology & Economics in Migration Research (E)

Lecturer: Prof. Oded Stark

The choices made by individuals - including migration and migration-related choices - are influenced by the individuals’ preferences. A significant part of the material to be studied in this course, in particular the topics of integration, location, and assimilation, builds on the notion that individuals’ preferences are social in nature. This perspective incorporates the concepts of social space, relative income, and relative deprivation. Another significant part of the course material, such as interactions between human capital acquisition and migration, and the formation of migration and of migration-related policies, draws on neoclassical economic preferences, thus presenting the challenge of injecting social perspectives into what otherwise constitutes bricks-and-mortar economic analysis.


The readings related to the themes covered in the course are to be found, under “Publications,” in Oded Stark’s website:

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?

Language Courses

Students have the option to study language(s) in addition to the Global Migration and Policy coursework (not included in tuition). Tel Aviv University International offers intensive language programs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, and English. Intensive Hebrew Ulpan is offered twice a year, in the summer and winter prior to the beginning of each semester. The Intensive Arabic, Yiddish, and English programs are offered over the summer. Courses are given during the fall and spring semesters, as well.


For schedules and fees, see below:




Qualifying students can write a master's thesis during the second year of studies. For thesis track eligibility and requirements, visit the thesis information page.




Students may participate in semester-long exchange programs at approved universities. Visit the exchange page for details.

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