MA Program in German and European Studies
The Haifa Center for German and European Studies began operating at the University of Haifa in the academic year of 2007/8, following winning a tender by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). The Center promotes research and other academic and public activities in modern Europe and Germany, emphasizing the Israeli and Jewish perspectives. One of its pivotal activities is a special MA program, the aim of which is to expand and deepen students’ knowledge of Germany and the German language, and its central role in the European Union.
Taught in English, the MA program is organized in the spirit of the "area studies" model. Our interdisciplinary program encompasses various fields of knowledge in the social sciences, the humanities, law, and language, and appeals to a wide variety of students with diverse backgrounds. The program trains its graduates to fill a wide range of positions dealing with Europe and Germany in business, tourism, communication, cultural and public administration as well as prepares its students for pursuing an academic/research career in those fields.
Coursework for the degree can be completed within one calendar year, with two days of classes per week, or within two academic years, with one day of classes every week. Students who choose to write a Masters thesis will be allowed to extend their studies for another two semesters if needed. Both a thesis and non-thesis track are available.
The Center for German and European Studies offers a unique curriculum for acquainting students with the major trends and topics related to the development of Germany and Europe after World War II, with a special emphasis on the Israeli and Jewish view of Europe and Germany. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and combines diverse areas of knowledge in economics, law, political science, geography, environmental studies, sociology, history, and literature. Students must acquire a satisfactory command of German by studying 4-8 language hours per week. Students already demonstrating sufficient command of the German language may be exempted from some of these classes.
In addition to the language requirements, the curriculum contains the following program-specific compulsory courses:
- German History in the 19th and 20th centuries
- Research Methods
- Introduction to German Society
- The German Economy
- Basic Principles of German Law
- Trends in German Culture
- Introduction to the European Union
- Colloquium: Topics in German and European Studies
Different optional courses are given every year by Haifa Faculty members and guest professors.
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