Northwestern University recently announced two new study abroad programs at Tel Aviv University (TAU) to be offered for the first time in Spring 2014. While these programs were developed specifically for Northwestern students and fit the academic calendar of the university, which runs on quarters, both programs are open to non-Northwestern students.
"We get requests from students from across the US all the time who want to study on one of our specialized programs, and each year we admit quite a few to participate along our Northwestern students," says Dévora Grynspan, director of the Office of International Program Development (IPD) at Northwestern University.
The two new programs The Modern State of Israel: Politics, Economics, and Ethnicity and Public Health in Israel will launch during Spring Quarter 2014 (end of March through mid–June). Together with faculty from TAU, the programs will be led by Northwestern's visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies, Elie Rekhess. Rekhess is one of Israel’s leading experts on the Arab minority in Israel, Jewish-Arab relations, Palestinian politics, and Islamic resurgence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
The Public Health in Israel program will expose students to the distinctive Israeli public health systems and the different populations that access these systems, as well as the delivery of medical relief in disaster situations. Israel's expertise in the delivery of healthcare to immigrant and minority populations will be also be a focal point of the program, and students will learn about policies and barriers to healthcare delivery to culturally and economically diverse populations. Field trips to historical and archaeological sites, kibbutzim, medical institutions, research facilities, and high-tech enterprises will further complement class lectures and readings, including the National Center for Trauma & Emergency Medicine Research, Magen David Adom, and the National Simulation Center where students get to role-play an emergency scenario.
The Modern State of Israel: Politics, Economics and Ethnicity program will focus on Israel¹s political system, its economic development, and its unique ethnic structure of Jewish immigrant groups and the Arab and Druze minority populations. The program will explore Israel¹s distinct historical-religious heritage as it represents a heterogeneous mosaic of widely diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, political, national and social groups. In addition to course work, students will visit immigrant and minority localities (e.g., Bedouins, Ethiopians, Muslim and Christian Arab communities, mixed Jewish Arab townships), and will learn about the economic, political, health, and cultural issues relevant to these populations. Field trips to historical and archaeological sites, kibbutzim, medical institutions, research facilities, and high-tech enterprises will further complement class lectures and readings.