The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers study programs for First, Second and Third Degrees. Each year, the department also offers 2-3 post doctorate fellowships. The department emphasizes scientific research conforming to the highest international standards. The faculty of the department is composed of researchers internationally renowned in their fields and prepares advanced students for research work, for theoretical developments, for scientific publications and for academic careers. Specific information about the fields of expertise can be accessed by searching individual faculty members by name. The fields of expertise in the department include topics such as inequality, social stratification, immigration, gender, education, organizations, government and governability, everyday life, urbanism and space, globalization, family, civil society, the workplace, and more. Wide-ranging teaching and research activity is conducted on the sociology of social stratification and inequality, political and historical sociology, socio-cultural anthropology and sociology of education. The department is considered a leader both in statistical research methods and qualitative interpretative research methods. Anthropological research is based on ethnographic methods as is customary in the field.
The curriculum for the BA degree provides an in-depth introduction to the research and philosophical aspects of sociology and anthropology. Emphasis is also placed on systematic analyses and in-depth familiarity with the structure of Israeli society, the history of Palestine/Israel and the main processes taking place therein. BA studies offer a basic acquaintance with diverse research fields and ensure the student has command of various research methods.
The coursework for the Master's Degree is intended for graduates of a first degree program in the field (Students lacking a background in sociology and anthropology will be offered a supplementary program suited to each student's particular background.) The curriculum gives students an in-depth introduction to contemporary research, advanced theories and central controversies in the various fields. The Master's degree program is dynamic and focuses on developing independent study and research skills. The second degree program includes a research track that offers the opportunity to conduct research and to write a thesis under mentoring and supervision. The transfer to a research track takes place during the first three semesters as detailed in the newsletter.
The PhD curriculum is based largely on independent study under individual guidance and supervision. The program for the PhD consists of an initial stage during which a detailed research proposal is written and is submitted for approval to the Research Students' Committee. Upon receiving approval for the proposal, the students proceed to the second stage during which the research work is conducted and the doctoral dissertation is written and submitted to the University Senate for approval.