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School programs: War and Peace

Master’s Program on War and Peace at the School of History

Background
War and peace are central phenomena in history that have a dialectic connection between them and a decisive influence on the texture of life in modern societies. Both war and peace have undergone far-reaching changes in the modern era.
The ability to wage wars of total destruction and the rise of huge armies and entire economies harnessed to the war effort has led to an understanding that war is an unnatural state that can and should be prevented or at least limited.

The General History, Jewish History, Israel Studies and Middle East History departments, which train their students to analyze and understand events and processes in the context of time and place, have formulated a course of study and research on war and peace as multidimensional historical phenomena. The program, overseen by the School of History, instills in its students a deep and comprehensive understanding of events that have played and continue to play a major role in the human experience, particularly in the Middle East.

Goal of the Program

The program will examine the gamut of social, economic, cultural, legal, military and diplomatic contexts of war and peace in Europe, the United States, East Asia and the Middle East. Along with the global focus, the processes of war and peace in the Land of Israel are given special emphasis as a case study.

The program examines: the world wars, the Cold War, civil wars, culture wars, terror, war crimes, international conventions, peace conferences and international courts of law. The program gives expression to the scholarly approaches that have developed over the past two decades in the discipline with regard to the phenomena of war and peace.

Program graduates will receive, in addition to the master’s degree from the department in which they are registered, a certificate of expertise in war and peace studies.

Program structure

The program is made up of courses given in the School’s five departments (General History, Jewish History, Israel Studies, Middle East History and Art History); special courses in other disciplines (sociology, communications, law, geography and philosophy); and courses given by other University departments.

The program has two tracks:

Track A, which includes the writing of two seminar papers and a thesis – 32 weekly hours/semester
Track B, which includes the writing of three seminar papers and a final exam – 36 weekly hours/semester

Both tracks are based on three clusters, as per the chart below:

Track A

Required cluster – 2 courses of

8 weekly hours/semester

Department cluster – courses totaling

10 weekly hours/semester

Elective cluster – courses totaling

14 weekly hours/semester

Total

32 weekly hours/semester

Track B

Required cluster – 2 courses of

8 weekly hours/semester

Department cluster – courses totaling

12 weekly hours/semester

Elective cluster – courses totaling

16 weekly hours/semester

Total

36 weekly hours/semester

How the grades are weighted

Track A

 

Track B

 

Thesis

50%

Exam

30%

Seminar papers

20%

Seminar papers

30%

Courses with no seminar papers

30%

Courses with no seminar papers

40%

Total:

100%

Total

100%

For a list of courses in the School of History and the courses relevant to the War and Peace program, visit the Student Information page.