Graduate Program in Society and Culture

Graduate Program in Society and Culture

The Graduate Program in Society and Culture is designed to further students' understanding of the theoretical and intellectual foundations of sociological and anthropological thought and to offer them the tools to critically study and analyze a variety of social and cultural phenomena. 

The program includes three possible specializations:

A Research Track in Anthropology (with thesis):  This research track is designed to develop students' understanding of cultures and cultural phenomena, and of the ways social processes reflects the cultures within which they unfold. Contemporary anthropology deals with a variety of subjects such as organizations, the economy, religion, gender, and art, and is based on a rich theoretical and intellectual tradition of thought. Its methological practice--ethnography--is based  on direct contact between the researcher and the studied culture. In recent years, a sub-field of practical anthropolgy has been developed, whereby ethnographers act as consultants in their fields of expertise. 

Following are examples of the anthropological topics that are researched and studied in the department: religious communities and rituals, ethnicity in Israel, globalization and culture, health and sickness, theater and cultural performance, childhood and old age as cultures, organizational cultures, cultural change processes, emotions in cultural contexts, and more.

A Research Track in the Sociology of Health (with thesis):  The sociology of health uses the theoretical and methodological frames of sociology to further the understanding of social and behavioral processes related to health and medicine. The sociology of health is characterized by a practical emphasis, and is partly designed to improve public health and preventive medicine. The sociology of health touches upon organizational issues (the sociology of health systems), social-psychological issues, epidemiological issues, and anthropological issues.  

Following are example of the sociology of health topics that are researched and studied in the department: personal experiences of illness, internet support group , improvement of health services and doctor-patient relationships, health and immigration, social aspects of fertility and family planning.  

The Track in Society and Culture (a research track or a non thesis track):  The track in society and culture focuses on sociology's core scientific, intellectual, and research foundations. It is designed for students wishing to further their understanding of human societies in general, of Israeli society in particular, and of a variety of topics such as societal structures, the relations between society and the state, collective identities, nationalism and globalization, and so forth. The program in Society and Culture seeks to develop students' conceptual and analytical sociological capabilities and to further their understanding the structural and cultural attributes of social life. 

Following are example of the society and culture topics that are researched and studied in the department: civil society and institutions, social inequlity, social conflict, power and control, family and community, gender, ethnicity and religion, social movements, social resistance, and collective memory.