Contemporary Germany: Politics, Society and Culture - MA Study Regulations

International MA Program in Contemporary Germany: Politics, Society and Culture Study Regulations

Academic Head of the study program: Prof. Gili S. Drori
Program Coordinator: Ms. Elisheva Moatti
Adviser: Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

Offices: European Forum at the Hebrew University
Faculty of Humanities Building, Room 6203-6204
Email: mseuro@mail.huji.ac.il
Tel.: +972-2-5883286; Fax: +972-2-5881079

 

Program Staff
Prof. Gili Drori
Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann
Dr. Gisela Dachs
Dr. Katya Assaf
Dr. Odelia Oshri
Dr. Oded Steinberg
Dr. Maya Sion-Tzidkiyahu
Dr. Shmuel Barnai

Admission requirements
This M.A. program is accessible to students of Israeli universities and colleges recognized by the Council for Higher Education who have completed a B.A. degree in one of the relevant disciplines in the faculties of the Social Sciences, Law or Humanities with a grade point average of 80. First year studies are conducted in the non-research track.

About the program
The teaching program is affiliated to the three Faculties: Social Sciences, Law and Humanities. The teaching language is English.
In addition to basic and methodological courses as well as simulations, obligatory to all participants, the program offers five specialization tracks over a period of two years:

  • Politics and Economy 
  • Law and International Relations 
  • Geography and Urban Studies 
  • History and Sociology 
  • Literature, Philosophy, Culture, and the Arts 

Knowledge of the German language is not a pre-requisite for admission into the program. However, it is compulsory for all students in order to graduate to complete level B 1.2 according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).
Students, who in the course of the M.A. program have to take German classes in order to demonstrate knowledge of the German language at an advanced level, can get credit for up to 8 credit points for German language courses offered by the Language Center of the Hebrew University. In addition, the Center for German Studies offers its students German language summer courses.

M.A. Regulations
The M.A. program offers the following two study tracks:

 

M.A. non-research track (38 credit points) 

Students are required to choose three out of the five specialization tracks. It is highly recommended that at least one specialization track be connected to the specialization field of the BA studies. The program of studies will be set up in consultation with the M.A. program adviser at the Center, taking into account:

  • the student's field(s) of specialization during their undergraduate studies
  • the elected specialization tracks

Basic courses (8 credit points)

The courses have to be chosen from the list of basic courses of the teaching program, from tracks not chosen as specialization tracks.

Compulsory courses (14 credit points)

  • Colloquium for European Forum Students (2 credit points) – course 54677 + 54777
  • Methodological course in 1st year (2 credit points) – course 54699
  • 2 Simulation courses (2 credit points)
  • Advanced or specialized German language course or seminar (8 credit points)*

*students who study less than 8 credit points of advanced or specialized German language will study the remaining credit points in courses offered by the program.

Elective compulsory courses (10 credit points)*

  • Courses from the list of elective-compulsory courses in two specialization tracks (6 credit points)*
  • Seminary paper in one of the seminar courses (4 credit points) in the first year.
  • *students who intend to switch to the research track are advised to study course 54882 Designing Your Research in the first year

Elective courses (6 credit points)

  • Courses from the list of elective-compulsory or elective courses (2 credit points)
  • Seminary paper in one of the seminar courses (4 credit points)

 

Transfer to the research track

It is possible to transfer to the research-track if at least half of the courses required have been marked with an average grade of 85, including a seminary paper with a grade of 85 in an elective compulsory course. Deadline for the transfer is the end of course registration for the spring term in the second year.

 

M.A. research track (36 credit points) 

This track is a requirement for future Ph.D. studies.
Students are required to choose two out of the five specialization tracks. It is highly recommended that at least one specialization track be connected to the specialization field of the BA studies. The program of studies will be set up in consultation with the M.A. program adviser at the Center, taking into account:

  • the student's field(s) of specialization during their undergraduate studies
  • the elected specialization tracks

Basic courses (8 credit points)
Courses to be chosen from the list of basic courses of the teaching program, from tracks not chosen as specialization tracks.

Compulsory courses (16 credit points):

  • Colloquium for European Forum Students (2 credit points) – course 54677 + 54777
  • Methodological course in 1st year (2credit points) – course 54699
  • Methodological course in  2nd year  (2 credit points) 
  • 2 Simulation courses (2 credit points)
  • German language courses  (8 credit points)*

*students who study less than 8 credit points of German language courses are required to study the remaining credit points in courses offered by the program (including elective courses offered in the non-research track)

Elective compulsory courses (12 credit points):

  • Courses from the list of elective-compulsory courses in two specialization tracks (8 credit points)*
  • Seminary paper in one of the seminar courses (4 credit points) in the first year

*it is recommended to study course 54882 Designing Your Research in the first year

The M.A. Thesis (35% of the final grade) is written under the supervision of a faculty member of the Faculties of Social Sciences, Law or Humanities. The thesis is graded by the student’s supervisor and an additional reviewer.