The MA program is designed for holders of a BA degree (for students with no background in sociology and anthropology, a supplementary curriculum is offered based on the educational experience of each individual student). The program addresses contemporary research, advanced theory and key debates in different areas. It is a dynamic program that emphasizes the development of independent study and research capabilities. The MA program includes a research track that provides the opportunity to write a thesis paper with individual guidance. The transition to the research track takes place within the first three semesters of the program, as per the guidelines in the Faculty Handbook.
The MA program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers four tracks of study.
The purpose of the tracks is to help students organize their studies around specific subfields, and to delve deeper into the areas of interest while receiving individual guidance.
For more details about the tracks:
Track Coordinators: Prof. Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni and Dr. Michal Kravel-Tovi
The track is intended to familiarize students with anthropology as a field of knowledge, and to develop their ability to perform ethnographic research, including its social and political meanings. The track invites students to encounter research questions, principles, and theoretical frameworks that organize the ethnographic perspective into a research instrument for the understanding of diverse human configurations. Thus, the program provides a stable base for continued research in the doctoral program. Alongside the emphasis on analytic thought, the track curriculum emphasizes research experience and practice, and provides practical tools for conducting research. Studies are conducted with the personal guidance of faculty members who specialize in anthropology. Among their areas of specializations are: symbolic anthropology, aging, national identity and ethnicity, secularism and religion, ethics, environment and society, the state, the historical, national and political contexts in Israel, the Middle East, Japan, England and the United States.
Track Coordinators: Prof. Adriana Kemp and Prof. Alexandra Kalev
This track is designed for students who are interested in the interface between business organizations and social dilemmas, as well as for students who are interested in social change organizations. The track offers a sociological perspective, unique in Israeli academia, on the theoretical and practical juncture between business organizations and civil society organizations. The track’s purpose is to provide students with analytical and practical tools in the management, evaluation and monitoring of both commercial organizations and social change organizations. Studies will address questions of equality, environment and community, as well as social change organizations, through on-the-ground experience. Given the expansion of commercial interest in social issues, and the growing professionalization of social change organizations, the tools instructed in this track are at the cutting edge of social change in Israel.
Track Coordinator: Dr. Khaled Furani
The Sociology and Anthropology Department of Tel Aviv University counts internationally recognized scholars in the fields of stratification and inequality, ethnicity, gender and critical theory among its faculty. The track offers theoretical and research training in these fields, which are today at the forefront of sociology. Its purpose is to develop analytical capabilities, critical thought and research knowledge on both theoretical and empirical issues, to foster sensitivity to problems of social justice in general, and in Israeli society in particular. Studies in this track proceed with the personal guidance of faculty members in the department representing all fields and specializations. The curriculum offers a broad base of training in preparation for doctoral study.
Track Coordinators: Prof. Sigal Alon and Dr. Anastasia Gorodzeisky
This M.A. program is designed to enrich students’ understanding of social and economic inequality, a research area that distinguishes the sociology department at Tel Aviv University. The training provides graduates with a set of analytical and research skills that will allow them to study the causes and consequences of various aspects of socioeconomic inequality. Graduates will be able to use their theoretical and methodological training in various settings, including academia and work organizations.