My Courses

  • Introduction to International Relations (Intro. IR):

    The course “Introduction to International Relations” (Intro. IR) is designed to give you a broad overview of the field of international relations. We will cover the primary theoretical models of international relations in general, primarily in the security and economic fields. By the end of the course you should have a strong understanding of international relations and how they are studied and you should be prepared to take upper-division courses in this field. Furthermore, this course is writing-intensive and the writing component should help you improve your writing skills generally, as well as prepare for research papers in your upper-division courses. Target Audience: B.A, M.A., and Doctoral students.

  • Foreign Policy Decision Making (FPDM):

    The course “Foreign Policy Decision Making” (FPDM) seeks to prepare the students to specialize in the international arena. During this course we will learn to analyze decision making in foreign policy with the aim to influence their future outcomes. The goal is to move beyond the passive approach of merely achieving possible outcomes, to an active action that would lead to a substantial improvement of the vital national interests of the state of Israel in the international arena. Target Audience: B.A, M.A., and Doctoral students.

  • Israel’s Foreign Policy:

    The course “Israel’s Foreign-Policy” is a theoretic and a historical-empirical review of Israel’s foreign-policy since the War of Independence to nowadays. The course reviews and explains in great detail Israel’s foreign-policy toward the Muslim-Arab World and the Middle East, Europe and the U.S., Asia and Africa, and Latin America. It also explains Israel’s foreign-policy toward important international organizations such as the UN and the Jewish diaspora abroad. Target Audience: B.A, M.A., and Doctoral students.

  • The Middle East in International Relations: 

    The course “The Middle East in International Relationa” (MEIR) is a theoretic and a historical-empirical review of the Middle East system and its relations to the international-global system. During the course we will discuss the regional and inter-state political systems. In addition, we will discuss at length the involvement of international powers and institutions in the region. Target Audience: B.A and M.A. students.

  • Diplomacy & Crisis Management:

    The course “Diplomacy and Crisis Management” deals with main diplomatic themes and issues during the twentieth century that influenced and set the international agenda, using an in-depth discussion of key events and processes during the period examined. The course will discuss the main factors behind the decision making process in foreign policy of the major powers while we focus on several noteworthy events in recent years, including: the two World Wars – the reasons that led to their beginning, he factors that led up to them, and their consequences; the Cold War – the relations between the two superpowers USA and USSR; EU – the causes and formations and chances to collapse; the end of the Cold War – the new world order under US-led unipolar world; the terrorist attacks of September – their impact on the unstable Middle East and the future of world order. Target Audience: B.A and M.A. students.

  • Public Diplomacy:

    The course “Public Diplomacy” deals with public diplomacy’s main theories, as well as with the actual means to implement them. The course will discuss the interaction between politicians and government officials, the media and public opinion. We will also examine various aspects of public diplomacy, including tactics and strategies of public diplomacy, leaders rhetoric and their use in framing in order to reach their goals, as well as media promotion of national goals. We will discuss the role of values, culture and kinship between countries. Target Audience: BA and MA students.

  • Schools of Thought in International Relations:

    The course “Schools of Thought in International Relations” seeks to present to graduate students in International Relations the leading theoretical perspectives in the IR field. The course will discuss eight different key approaches, or schools, in international relations. Moreover, the course seeks to identify and map the connections between these approaches, critiques of reciprocity, launch areas of similarity and differences between them and their applied fields. The main objective of the course is to introduce to the students the main academic, intellectual, and political debates taking place in recent decades about the theory of international relations. Other objectives of the course are developing students’ critical ability, as well as promoting the expression and writing ability of students and preparing them to write excellent research academic papers in the field. Target Audience: BA and MA students.

  • Realist Theories of International Relations:

    The course “Realistic Theories of International Relations” is an advanced lesson on the Realist school and its various branches. The course is designed for students who are in the advanced stages of their studies and seek to deepen their study of the theoretical research in the field of international relations. The course will provide you with an increase familiarity, a comprehensive understanding and an in-depth research with the realist theory of international relations. It is used as a basis for students who wish to continue their studies into the graduate level, specialising in the field of international relations theory. Perquisite: Introduction to International Relations course. Target audience: BA, MA, and Doctorate students.

  • Strange Effects of International Relations (SEIR):

    The course “Strange Effects in International Relations” (SEIR) seeks to introduce students to a variety of strange effects in international relations: the first part will discuss the unintentional effects in international relations; The second part will discuss the targeted, yet not-direc, effects in international relations. Understanding and examining these effects will enable foreign policy’s decision makers to avoid the negative side of the unintentional effects, and will give them the tools to achieve desired outcomes intentionally but indirectly. Target audience: BA, MA, and Doctorate students.

  • Introduction to Complexity in international Relations:

    The course “Introduction to the Complexity of International Relations” seeks to introduce international relations graduate students to the complexity of international relations. The challenges faced nowadays and those to be faced in the future require us to adopt new ways of thinking about the complexity of the political world and the interrelationships that exist between its components. The insights we gain from studying the complex systems will help us expand our thinking in directions that will allow us to better cope with the future. Complexity arises in situations where a large number of variables dependent in other variables independently and unexpectedly. During the course, we will understand the complexity and develop the tools to deal with and influence the way it behaves. Target audience: Advanced BA, MA and Doctorate students.

  • Democracies & Dictatorships in the 20th Century:

    The course “Democracy and Dictatorships in the 20th century” was designed to give the student a basic knowledge about democratic, authoritarian and totalitarian regimes in the 20th century. Classes will combine a general-theoretical knowledge in the socio-political field and case-studies that deals with important typical regimes, such as UK, USA, Stalin’s Soviet Union, and Fascist Italy. Target audience: BA students.

  • Understanding Leadership:

    The unique course “Understanding Leadership – Theoretical & Practical” aimed for executive and high ranking managers at the private sector. The course is a combination of an academic theoretical study of leadership along with an outdoor practicum of ice-climbing abilities that cover outdoor skills of leadership, teamwork, and risk management. The workshop takes place in Judaean Desert, Israel, followed by a professional ice climbing expedition to a summit at Hoarz in Peru.

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