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


The International M.A. in Migration Studies is a one-year (3 semester) graduate program taught in English.


Students in the M.A. in Migration Studies program study two days a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.


The schedule of classes for 2022-2023, an overview of academic requirements and credit hours can be found in the course catalogue . Registration for courses is done via the program coordinator - there is no bidding for courses in this M.A. program.


Below you can read more about each course offered by the M.A. in Migration Studies Program.

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

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


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Theories of International Migration (required seminar)

Lecturer: Dr. Adi Hercowitz

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.​

Qualitative Research Methods (required course)

Lecturer: Prof. Eimi Lev

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 (required course)

Lecturer: Dr. Ina Kubbe

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 (required course)

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 (elective course)

Lecturer: Dr. Yuval Livnat

The course will cover key aspects of the international legal regimes pertaining to refugees and internally displaced persons, as well as a brief review of both the evolution and contemporary situation of these categories of persons globally. It will also be approached from a broader human rights perspective, highlighting where possible, examples of complex or challenging situations both in policy and practice, and from an ethical perspective.

Theories of Identity in the Context of Migration (required course)

Lecturer: Dr. Anna Prashizky

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.

Migration and Civil Society Workshop (required seminar)

Lecturer: Prof. Adriana Kemp

Teaching Assistant: Nora Meissner

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 different core issues topical for the understanding of the relationship between civil society and migration, such as human rights and migrants? rights advocacy; education and migrants? forms of incorporation; civil society, development and new forms of governance. The specific topics dealt with will depend on the research internships the students will undertake. The course lasts for a full academic year.

We will approach the different issues from both a practical and theoretical perspective, going back and forth between the ?books? to the ?field?. With that aim, the seminar is divided into classes, practical meetings and fieldwork. In the classes, we will introduce different research projects developed in collaboration with different civil society organizations, discuss central theoretical concepts and ideas relevant to each topic, introduce methodology and methods pertinent and relevant to the projects. In the practical meetings, we will support the students in each project at different stages. Students will have to submit short progress reports and a final paper.

Research Internships
In the beginning of the first semester, we will introduce you to a list of projects suitable for the internship and will help you mediating and coordinating your contact with the respective organizations. In the second week, students will choose their projects and form teams for the rest of the academic year. You can choose the project for the internship from the list of projects that we offer. All internships without exception need the professor?s approval and have to be coordinated through the TA Nora Meissner.

Course Objectives
- Connecting theoretical debates on the relationship between civil society and migration with locally grounded knowledge and insights from fieldwork.

- Acquire essential knowledge of different areas in the field of migration from the perspective of civil society organizations and networks.

- Develop critical thinking on the different approaches, philosophies of change and intervention tools guiding civil society organizations and networks in the field of migration.

- Acquire close acquaintance with the civil society landscape in Israel regarding issues of migration and gain first hand understanding of the context where they operate as well as of controversies and dilemmas.

- Preparation for students' future work in the field.

Attitudes Toward Immigrants (required seminar*)

Lecturer: Dr. Anastasia Gorodzeisky

The seminar focuses on the theoretical models and empirical research of public attitudes toward immigration and immigrants. 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. 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.

Forced Migration and the Humanitarian System (elective course)

Lecturer: Mr. Einav Levy

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.

European Politics and Migration (elective course)

Lecturer: Dr. Ina Kubbe

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 (elective course)

Lecturer: Dr. Miri Yemini

The course 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.

Citizenship as Status, Practice and Identity (required seminar*)

Lecturer: Dr. Yossi Harpaz

Citizenship has at least three meanings: the legal status of belonging in a state; an expected practice (being a "good citizen"); and an identity. By studying citizenship, we can gain insight on a range of key phenomena, including immigration, globalization, politics and national identity. The seminar will guide students as they carry out independent research projects on a topic that pertains to citizenship. Students are not bound to a specific methodology, and the project may focus on Israel or on another county. The first part of the course will be dedicated to lectures and class presentations, and in the latter part of the semester students will engage in independent research. The final grade will be based on class attendance and participation, class presentations and a seminar paper of 20-25 pages. The course will be conducted in English.

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