Seminars and Final Projects

As part of their studies, students will prepare and submit two seminar papers. The subjects of the seminar papers will be chosen by the student from among the subjects studied in Division C.

The Final Project will be multi-disciplined in the humanities or will combine multi-disciplined research in the humanities with educational applications. The work on the Final Project starts in the second year of studies and is accompanied by a workshop (4 semester credits). The Final Project Workshop will assist the student from the inception of work on the project, at all the stages from choice of subject until final submission. The workshop will be a kind of multi-disciplinary laboratory where undergraduates and teachers from the various disciplines of the humanities will meet to exchange ideas and information. There students can test and clarify their ideas for their various projects from different angles. The workshop will also help students develop their writing and research skills and at the same time provide an informal place for discussion of problems that arise during the final project work. The final project will be tutored by senior lecturers or by one of their assistants. Each final project will be read by the senior lecturer and an additional reader.

Following is a list of typical final project subjects from the multi-disciplinary program in the humanities.

The Concept of Salvation in Christian American Fundamentalism in Contrast to the Social Protest Movement of the ‘60s
(history and philosophy)

The Role of Algeria in Defining French Identity: 1950—2000
The work will discuss the imaginary and the real in French society, through the use of literary works, parliamentary discourses, court decisions, and newspaper articles
(literature, history, and education)

A Comparative Survey of History and Literature Curricula of the ‘50s and ‘60s in the kibbutz movement and in state education
(literature, history sociology and education)

Comparing images of femininity and masculinity as they appear in textbooks for early childhood education in Israel
The comparison will include quantitative as well as qualitative analyses.
(history, anthropology, sociology, and education)

An examination of Democratic Schools in the light of John Dewey’s philosophy of education
The research will check the presence of his philosophy in the texts used in the schools and how it is applied according to research of the school’s activities and the opinions of the teachers (history, philosophy, educational sciences, sociology)

Being a child in the family, school, and community circles: planning learning activities for children, parents, teachers
(children’s literature, educational sciences, psychology, and sociology)

Alternative images of Abraham: implications for curriculum development
(Bible, literature, art, and education)

Possible Project Formats

• Theoretical, Conceptual Analysis
• Curricular Development and Evaluation
• Analysis of Textbooks and Lesson Plans
• A Survey of Teaching Methods/Subjects in the Humanities