courses that integrate student action for social change, social justice and human rights
2008/9 academic year
Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Course title: Gender and Human Rights – Between Criminology, Victimology and Social Action
Fourteen students enrolled in this innovative course, jointly offered by the School of Social Work and the Criminology Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and taught by Dr. Katalin Katz and Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian. The course integrates theoretical study of human rights advocacy methods and critical concepts with four hours of volunteering at a range of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Jerusalem municipality, the Israel Association for Child Protection, Elem – Youth in Distress, and more. Some of the projects in which the students are involved include: workshops for women on sexual rights, coordination of a coalition of organizations on the protection of children on the internet, advocacy for Sudanese refugees, and more.
Dr. Haim Yacobi
Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University
Course title: Human Rights, Community, and Planning Policy in Israel
Twelve students are enrolled in this course, offered by the politics and government department at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva and taught by Dr. Haim Yacobi. The course highlights the connection between human rights as a concept and a tool for social change, and planning policy as a practice engaged in organization of space and allocation of resources. In addition to their coursework, students volunteer for at least five hours a week at a human rights or social justice organization, culminating in an analysis or policy document that they write for the organization. The course places special emphasis on disadvantaged communities in the south of Israel and issues of employment, environment, and health.
Dr. Tamar Hagar, Adv. Yael Efron, Tufaha Saba and Nava Shay
Department of Education, Tel-Hai Academic College
Course title: Education With a View Towards the Community
Fourteen students are enrolled in this program at Tel Hai College's education department in Israel's far north, taught by Dr. Tamar Hagar. The program includes four courses: Education and the community; Critical thought, gender and activism; Human rights – leadership and change; and Jewish-Arab dialogue. In addition to these academic courses, students volunteer for four hours a week at formal and informal educational initiatives, including a new community center for the Southern Lebanese community in Kiryat Shmone, the Tel Hai center for developing readiness for higher education among disadvantaged groups, a project for helping women in Kiryat Shmone find employment facilitated by the Yedid organization, a kindergarten for autistic children, and more.
Dr. Dalya Markovich
Informal Education Track, Beit Berl College
Course title: Education and Social Change
Twelve students are enrolled in this course, taught by Dr. Dalya Markovitch of Beit Berl College's school of education. Students study the Israeli educational system as a potential arena for civic activism, community work, and working towards equality. Each student volunteers for four hours a week at one of a range of organizations, including shelters for battered women in the Jewish and Arab sectors, Elem, an organization for youth in distress, Mahapach-Taghir, which works to minimize educational and social gaps in Israeli society, and more. A central goal of the course is to create a bridge between the informal educational system and active civic engagement.
Eldad Cidour, Lea Mauas, Diego Rotman and Eytan Shouker
Bezalel – Academy of Art and Design
Course title: Art and Activism
This popular course at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design is taught by Eytan Shouker, Eldad Cidor, Lea Mauas and Diego Rotman. Between 20 and 32 students will be enrolled in the course this year. Throughout the year the students study the work of artist activists, discuss art in the social, political and economic contexts, and meet local organizations, activists, and artists. In the summer, each student devotes approximately 180 hours to developing a new or ongoing project in conjunction with a local community. Examples of such projects include creating areas for meeting and leisure in the village of Issawiah through recycling projects, building a platform for open conversation between city residents in the center of Jerusalem, and planning and developing a park in an area that was initially designated as a major road.
Prof. Daoud Bshouty, Dr. Igor Verner and Khiria Massarwe
Faculty of Education in Technology and Science, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Course title: Teaching Geometry in Social and Cultural Context
Eight students are enrolled in this course, offered by the Dept. of Education in Technology and Science at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and taught by Dr. Igor Verner and Prof. Daoud Bashouty of the Technion's faculty of mathematics. In the course students study and experience geometry teaching through geometric patterns of cultural significance. Students study Indian, Aztec, Ancient Roman, Jewish, Muslim and Christian geometric art and how such art can be used to teach geometry. In addition to their studies, students volunteer for four hours a week teaching and creating geometric art with Jewish and Arab students, to increase young people's interest in studying geometry, and to promote inter-cultural understanding through geometry and art.
Adv. Dana Myrtenbaum, Odette Falach and Dr. Noya Rimalt
Faculty of Law, Haifa University
Course title: Legal Feminism and Social Change
This course, offered by the law faculty at Haifa University, is jointly taught by Dr. Sagit Mor, Adv. Dana Myrtenbaum and psychologist Odette Falah. The course is a year-long program targeting community leaders and law students, which teaches legal theory, legal feminism and human rights, methods of effecting social change, and more, in order to identify and serve the needs of women in Israel in the legal and public sphere. The program encourages the creation of partnerships between law students and community activists ("legal leaders") and promotes a variety of projects, including creating and operating a center for the promotion of Ethiopian women's and girls' rights; a project that aims to make family courts more accessible to Arab and Jewish women, a project that aims to make higher education more accessible to Druze women, a project that aims to raise awareness of polygamy and the marriage of young girls in Arab society, and more.
Adv. Sharon Sionov Arad
Faculty of Law, Hebrew Unviersity of Jerusalem
Course title: Legal Clinic for Representation of Youth
19 students are enrolled in this course, which is offered by the Law Faculty at Hebrew University and taught by attorneys Sharon Zionov, Reut Rosner and Shiran Reichenberg. Through this course law students gain practical experience in represting youth and in providing legal aid and representation. Students study a range of topics including legal aspects in the lives of children and youth, how bureaucratic systems treat young people, how social gaps and inequality affect the lives of youth, children and young people as a disadvantaged group, international aspects of children's rights, and more. Students commit to working at the clinic between 6-10 hours a week, staffing the clinic, providing representation, conducting workshops and marketing the clinic to young people. The clinic works with a range of social organizations as well as with governmental and non-governmental agencies and the Israeli courts.
Prof. Miriam Shlesinger and Dr. Michal Schuster
Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies, Bar-Ilan University
Course title: Community Interpreting
25 students are enrolled in this course, offered by the Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies at Bar Ilan University and taught by Prof. Miriam Shlesinger and Dr. Michal Schuster. Eighteen of the students are native Arabic speakers, four are Russian speakers, two speak Amharic, and one speaks Spanish. The objectives of the course are varied: First, it aims to raise public awareness of the importance of making public services and institutions accessible to members of minority language communities. Second, it attempts to help minority communities access these services, and third, it aims to teach the students the meaning of a language gap and how it impacts personal and collective identity in Israel. The students volunteer at a range of locations, including hospitals, clinics, prisons, social service agencies and municipalities, and more.
Dr. Daphna Golan
Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Course title: Human Rights in Israeli Society
15 students from a range of disciplines are enrolled in this program sponsored by the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and directed by Dr. Daphna Golan Agnon. This program aims to enhance awareness of human rights among university students, to educate a new generation of human rights activists, and to expose them to recent academic research in this area. In addition, the Program allows its participants to experience the inner workings of human rights organizations by devoting approximately 320 hours per academic year to volunteering at a human rights organization. Among the organizations that have hosted Minerva fellows are Bizchut - The Center for the Human Rights of People with Disabilities; Physicians for Human Rights; Kav La’Oved – The Worker’s Hotline; Adalah, the Legal Cneter for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, the National Council for the Child, the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews, B’tselem, and Amnesty International – Israel Section.
Dr. Yousef Jabareen and Dr. Ilan Saban
Faculty of Law, Haifa University
course title: Rights of the Palestinian Arab Minority in Israel
Dr. Michael Klinghoffer
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
course title: The Artist as an Agent of Change
Dr. Edith Blit-Cohen
School of Social Work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Course title: Marginalized Populations, Human Rights and Social Change
Haggith Gor Ziv, Galia Zalmanson Levi and Gal Harmat
Center for Critical Pedagogy and Education for Social Justice, Kibbutzim College of Education
Course title: Education for Social Justice, Environmental Justice and Peace Education
Dr. Ariela Bairey Ben Ishay and Moti Gigi
Public Policy and Public Administration Department, Sapir College
Course title: Leadership and Social Change – Awareness and Initiative in Public Action