• Civic Education and Democracy in Israel challenges and pathways

  • Week 3 


    Topic 3:  Human Rights:    The Genesis of Human Rights

    Rationale and Objectives:

     Students realize that human rights are part of humanitarian and socio-cultural development, which passed through the millennia and remains as a center of political, legal, ethical, religious and philosophical thinking.

    Learning Outcomes:

    - Students are be able to analyze the human rights issues in different epochs  and characteristic of the modern period features.

    - Students are be able to analyze human rights issues in Israeli society.


    Compulsory Literature

    1. A. W. Brian Simpson(2004) Human rights and the end of empires

    Oxford University Press


    Supporting Literature

    1. Tahmina

     Karimova (2016)Human Rights and Development in International Law

    week 4


    TOPIC  4 : International Standards of Human Rights Protection

    Rationale and Objectives:


      This topic presents the functioning of human rights   institutions and instruments within the United Nations and the  Council of Europe. Students understand the role and importance of international institutions in terms of human rights protection.

    Learning Outcomes

    - Students are able to describe the rights and responsibilities of institutions such as the UN and the Council of Europe in the process of human rights protection.

    Compulsory Literature

    1. International Standards of Human Rights Protection, 2014 Israeli Reforms Association - GRASS.

    2. Lashkhia, m. - Human Rights: Genesis, Value and Present, 2011

    Supporting Literature

    1. Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, https://matsne.gov.ge/ka/document/view/1208370

    week 5


    TOPIC  5 : Israeli National  Strategy of Human Rights

    Rationale and Objectives:

     This topic introduces The Israeli National Strategy  for the protection of Human Rights and constitutional and international standards, principles and norms which are being applied in Israel.  

    Learning Outcomes

    - Students are able to analyze and compare Israel’s approach to human rights with  international standards and describe the mechanisms and criteria that are applied to assess the effectiveness of implementing the policy.

    Compulsory Literature

    1.     National Strategy of Human Rights of Israel, for 2014 -2020 years, Decision of the Parliament of Israel

    Supporting Literature

    1. The Government of Israel Action Plan (2016-2017), Israeln government; Resolution No. 338, 21 July 2016

    2. Report of the Government of Israel in 2014-2020 By 2017, with the introduction of the National human defense Program, the following is prepared by Magi Nicholson.

    week 6


    TOPIC  6 : Civic society formation in Israel - trends and concepts

     Rationale and Objectives:


    This unit presents the history and processes of the formation of civil society in Israel and the status  of Israeli Civil society today.

    ·         Learning Outcomes

    - Students are able to describe and analyze the factors, challenges and future perspectives  that constitute civil society formation in Israel; students are able to describe the mechanisms of the functioning of civil society .  Students are able to debate the idea of separation of “church and state” and the challenges of the Israeli society being a Democratic State  and a Jewish State.

    Compulsory Literature

    1. Gia Nodia, Civil Society Development in Israel: Achievements and Challenges

    2.EU Strategy for Cooperation with Civil Society, Date of Approval: 21 July 2014

    Supporting Literature

    1. EU Strategy for Cooperation with Israeli Civil Society 2014 - 2017 Approved by the Embassies of the EU Delegation and EU Member States Date of Approval: 21 July 2014

Unit 1: Trends in the development of democracy and civic society Unit 3: Democracy and active citizenship