The Department of Criminology

The Department of Criminology

The Department of Criminology offers study programs for Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. degrees, as well as certification studies. As part of its various study tracks, the Department offers various courses and projects designed to contribute to the community and involve the students in community outreach programs:

 

Outreach programs – Bachelor's Degree
The study track for a Criminology Bachelor's Degree is intended to impart basic academic knowledge in the areas of the human existence and deviant behavior. This track includes two unique community outreach projects:

 

1.       Inmates Rehabilitation – as part of the "Rehabilitation of Released Prisoners" course, the Department of Criminology's students volunteer to work in prisons' education centers, tutoring inmates.  Subjects taught include "aspects of psychology", "issues in criminology", "Bible studies", "geography of Israel", "social and moral dilemmas" and more.


Participation rate in these classes is high, and the Criminology students receive favorable evaluations of their contribution to the rehabilitation process of the prisoners.  This project has proven to have a positive affect on the inmates, urging them to participate in additional activities at the educational centers and stop using drugs.
 

2.       Voluntary work "in the field" – as part of the "Field Experience" course, the Department of Criminology's students volunteer in ELEM, a non-profit organization for youth at risk.  The students volunteer for various tasks, such as: tutoring teens at risk referred from the Youth Probation Service, as part of the "High Road" project; working in "Lighthouse Centers", assisting teens who were excluded from formal education institutions; roaming the cities with the ELEM's night cabs, aiming to locate and retrieve youth at risk.


The formal volunteering period for this program is eight to twelve months.  However, many of the students continue to volunteer well beyond this timeframe.

 

Outreach programs – Master's Degree
The track program for a Master's Degree includes two tracks of study:

 

1.       The Social Rehabilitative Track –imparts theoretical and scientific knowledge in the various fields of criminology, and includes practical training for the students, who work or plan to work with populations at risk.  As part of this track, students can choose to participate in the following outreach programs:

a.       Interning with Division Heads in the Prisons Authority – this projects enables the students to learn about the inmates' needs and provide solutions.  The students initiate projects that support and assist inmates, as well as their families, cope with difficulties and challenges of the situation and with the re-integration in society.

b.       The Shoshan Project – this project support teen released prisoners in the process of re-integration in society.  They first enter the project three months before being released from prison, and lasts for up to a year following their release.  Students volunteering for this project help the released teens find jobs, complete their high school education, resolve emotional and social problems and re-integrate into the community.  Similar projects operate in other frameworks (boarding schools, closed wards, group homes).

2.       The Clinical Track – which combines the mental health system, the legal system and the penal and social rehabilitation system. This course of study provides basic training in the areas of examination and diagnosis, psychopathology, treatment approaches and forensic aspects. The studies include practical experience in hospitals, clinics and different kinds of treatment and rehabilitation centers. The Clinical Criminology track is recognized by the Ministry of Health as a healthcare profession.

 

Study program for a Ph.D. degree
The Ph.D. study track is intended to provide in-depth academic education in various fields of the empirical scientific methodology of criminology. The Department of Criminology offers diverse programs for certification studies in the areas of sexual criminology, profiling and criminal mediation.  

 

Certification Studies
The Department of Criminology offers a variety of Certification Programs, focusing mainly on professional training for community outreach and all its aspects.  These programs include: profiling, treating sex offenders, short term psychotherapy, and more.


The voluntary work of the Department's students aims to provide support, coaching and preventive intervention within the following frameworks: prisons, boarding schools for children and youth at risk and in states of distress, care centers, projects carried out by "ELEM", municipal projects, community initiatives for people suffering from trauma (hostels, "Enosh") and psychiatric institutes.

 

Last modified: 28/07/2010