The program for Education, Society and Culture focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of education, with special emphasis on informal education. The program seeks to highlight the interplay between educational systems and key social issues, including justice, equality, identity, and difference. Drawing on knowledge from sociology and anthropology of education, communications and new media, policy and politics of education, the program includes courses on the theoretical and applied dimensions of informal education, childhood and youth, civil and religious education, and critical discourse analysis in education.
Education, Society and Culture prepares students for careers in academic research and teaching, as well as for leadership roles in formal education (schools and boarding schools), and informal educational organizations (community centers, youth movements, non-profit organizations, local municipalities, museums, education in the diaspora), across the life-span.
Education, Society and Culture is the biggest staffed program for the study of sociology and anthropology of education in Israel. The University of Haifa’s Faculty of Education is the biggest and highest ranked academic center in Israel and in 2021, was globally ranked 50-75 in The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (Shanghai Ranking).