Humanities Program Emphasizing a Theoretical and Culturally Critical Approach

The aim of this program is to give students a broad knowledge base, a solid cultural orientation, and a critical intellectual grasp of three central fields of the humanities.

Students in this track choose one of three disciplines (history, literature, or Bible and Jewish culture) as the major and another one of the three disciplines as the minor. The major and the minor concentrations together provide 92 semester credits. Students also have the option of choosing an additional 12 credits in the third discipline. The courses here offered can be credited toward a first degree in parallel departments of Tel Aviv University. Students in this track will receive teaching certificates for grades 7-10. The courses here offered can be credited toward a first degree in parallel departments of the Tel Aviv University.

Setting rigorous academic requirements on the one hand and exposing students to complex interdisciplinary issues on the other hand are aimed to encourage critical and independent thinking. During the length of the course students will be asked to submit papers on questions dealt with during the course. Working on these reports, students will sharpen their analytical abilities, their comprehension of the relevant questions and their competency in language and written composition. Students will be encouraged to use references and source materials and read world literature to give real meaning to the expression “higher education”.

In addition to courses in the disciplinary fields and practice in teaching, students will take courses in the theory of education. Sixty hours of this program will be devoted to community work with youth, in informal educational frameworks such as Endangered Youth. This program will be accompanied by a special educational Workshop. Teaching practice (in the second and third years), is an essential part of the curriculum. During their fourth year students do a teaching internship involving a minimum of 8 hours per week in the classroom.
As part of the internship program, students learn to develop teaching plans for different age levels, to confront and deal with problems of pupils, and implement plans they have made, with the educational model they have learned at the College as their guide.

The student group participating in this training program will be accompanied throughout the term by a special adviser who will help each student to formulate his/her personal studies plan. Under the supervision of the adviser the group will organize weekly cultural community meetings. In these meetings, students will lead study groups and discussions, invite cultural and spiritual leaders of stature and arrange visits to the theater, concert halls and other cultural events. These occasions and experiences will be an aid to the students in preparing their final projects to be submitted during the third year.