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


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

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

Students must complete a total of 36 credit hours. 

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Theories of International Migration (R)

Lecturer: Professor Noah Lewin-Epstein 

Overview: 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)
Comparative Migration and Citizenship Regimes (R)

Lecturer: Dr. Yossi Harpaz

Migration and Civil Society Workshop (S)

Lecturer: Prof. Adriana Kemp

Quantitative Research Methods (R)

Overview: This course provides an introduction to quantitative research methods in the 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.

Migration, Identity, and Language (R)

Lecturer: Dr. Michal Tannenbaum

Overview: This course discusses linguistic, social, institutional, and psychological aspects of immigrants and other minorities in Israel and in other countries. The course deals with theoretical models related to immigration and language maintenance, emotional aspects involved in language maintenance, language shift and language loss, and institutional and educational approaches towards various minority groups in different contexts.

Migration and the Media (E)
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.
Fortified Frontiers in an Era of Globalized Flows (E)
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.

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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