National Security Studies Program

MA in Political Science, Specialization in National Security Studies


All Courses are mandatory and are held in Terrace Building, 4th floor, Room 4041

 Fall semester   17.10.2018 - 18.1.2019

  • Approaches to Political Science - Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor, Thursday  8:30-11:45   
  • The National Security of Israel -Dr. Dan Schueftan,Thursday 12:15-15:45
  • The management of economic statecraft-Prof. Norman Bailey, Friday  10:00-12:30

Spring semester  24.2.2019 - 14.6.2019

  • National Security: The Practioners' Perspective-Dr. Dan Schueftan ,Thursday  8:30-11:45
  • Law and ethics in decision making process in national security-Prof. Gad Barzilai,Thursday 12:15-15:45
  • Management of geopolitical risks and opportunities in a global world- Prof. Chalom Schirman, Friday 9:00-13:00

Summer semester   20.9.2019 - 14.7.2019

  • The Evolution of War : The information and Cyber Age-Dr. Yaniv Levyatan‎, Thursday 8:30-11:45
  • Intelligence and National Security-Itai Brun, Thursday 12:15-15:45
  • Managing the Democratic State: Dilemmas of Policy and Security- Prof. Eran Vigoda-Gadot, Thursday 16:15-19:45

* International Students may take the course - Israel: Society and Policy Development.

The course is held in the Fall semester on Monday's 10:00-14:00 (Terrace Building, 3th floor, Room 3043)

Fall Semester

Approaches to Political Science - Seminar (Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor) (4 credits)

This course will present the philosophical, intellectual and methodological foundations of contemporary social science in general, and political science in particular, explaining the basis for the scientific study of politics, diplomacy, strategy and broader aspects of research on national security.

The National Security of Israel - Seminar (Dr. Dan Schueftan) (4 credits)

This course will introduce the students to the history, evolution and present state of thinking about Israel’s national security. It will discuss the major challenges facing Israel in an unstable and inhospitable regional environment and mostly unfriendly international environment. It will explain the dilemmas facing Israel in its search for appropriate responses to the ever mutating threats in each given historical period, considering a wide variety of constraints on these responses - domestic, regional and international.

The management of economic statecraft - Seminar (Prof. Norman Bailey-Bio)(4 credits)
This course will explore the economic foundations of national security, including such issues as defense spending versus other social needs, economic difficulties as an obstacle for national security, economic threats to security and international economic security warfare, including sanctions, financial means of waging war and boycotts.

Spring Semester 

National Security: The Practitioners’ Perspective - Seminar (Dr. Dan Schueftan) (4 credits)

This course will present the practitioners’ perspective of Israel’s national security challenges and responses, by introducing the students to high ranking Israeli officials (and possibly decision makers) who dealt with these challenges in their time and to their written testimony on these events. Some practitioners will describe their conduct at the time and present their insights, as well as engage with the lecturer and the students in a discussion that will allow for questioning of the assumptions underlying their evaluations and decisions.

Law and ethics in decision making process in national security (Prof. Gad Barzilai) (4 credits)

Human rights have become a pillar of liberal global expectations, domestic and international practices and fantasies in various countries around the world, propelled through a new sense of globalism that has emerged especially after the end of the Cold War and amid the expansion of the democratic model. This course is aimed to offer historical, theoretical and analytical capabilities to comprehend and conceptualize human rights in their various forms and to see the repercussions on international diplomacy and political ethics. On the one hand, the course invites the students to use various perspectives on human rights. On the other hand, the course is offering various insights on how the discourse of human rights affects nation-states, NGOs, civil societies, international and transnational relations and social forces.

Management of geopolitical risks and opportunities in a global world (Prof. Chalom Schirman) (4 credits)

Until a few decades ago and albeit having, sometimes, common interests, the geo-political arena was the chasse-gardée (preserve) of States while the geo-economic one was that of industries. The more recent global environment has empowered new actors playing in both arenas at the same time, such as local and international organizations, MNC, super-empowered individuals, etc.

Summer Semester

The Evolution of War: The information and Cyber Age - Seminar (Dr. Yaniv Levyatan) (4 credits)

The modern battlefield is more visual than ever.  Smartphones, cameras and  Cyber weapons are changing the way we do battle. The Course will examine the origins of Information Warfare during the 20th and the transformation of the modern information battle field. We’ll research basic concepts From WW1 propaganda through WW2 PSYWAR and the Vietnam war use of PSYOPS. Special emphasis will be given to Cyber War and Hackers.

Intelligence and National Security (Itai Brun) (4 credits)

The Intelligence Community is an integral part of national security. The main objectives of Intelligence are to provide effective, timely early warning before any threat to the interests of the country may emerge, and to supply the best possible information to support Government Agencies in their operations. The Intelligence Community is comprised of various agencies (both civilian and military) that operate in close coordination in order to carry out its mission. To do so it utilizes the synergies of different units. These include a large unit for national intelligence analysis and several units for collection, as SIGINT , HUMINT, VISINT and OSINT.

Managing the Democratic State: Dilemmas of Policy and Security (Prof. Eran Vigoda-Gadot) (4 credits)

This course tries to offer some intellectual avenues for understanding the dilemmas in managing the democratic state and models for building strong nations under policy constraints. It discusses the main challenges facing modern democracies of our times, especially under serious security threats and growing social demands.

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