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Development Issues I

  1. History of the Developing World / 15 contact hrs
    From the colonial project to the decolonization process: a historical journey with dramatic consequences for the
    development of many countries all over the world. This module aims at investigating the complex relations between the historical experiences of colonialism and the development challenges of our times. Analysing the legacy of colonialism will highlight motivations, practices and consequences of the process of colonization in Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia, drawing comparisons on the actual process of colonization in different areas, the models of colonial administration, the impact of colonizers on local institutions and the primary forms of resistance. Then, lectures will move on to the decolonization process, covering the formation of new elites, the birth of nationalisms and “pan” ideologies, the impact of the Second World War, the formation of the Third World and the non-aligned movement, the crisis of post-colonial states. Finally, a special section will be dedicated to the colonial and post-colonial experiences of Middle East countries.

  2. International Cooperation and Development Aid Policies / 15 contact hrs
    At governmental level, international cooperation can be considered a recent branch of the foreign policy implemented by most industrialized countries, since it has always been inspired by a complex mix of political and humanitarian considerations. The earliest instance of international cooperation can be found in after-war Europe, where the victorious powers participated in the huge, collective effort of re-building the continent. Afterwards, following the decolonization process, development aid policies were directed towards emerging countries in the south of the world, and the civil society increasingly got involved in international cooperation activities. This module will explore the main historical steps, evolving schools of thought and political reasons for engaging in international cooperation, both at governmental and non-governmental level. Particular attention will be dedicated to the determinants of development aid, which establish geographical and sectorial priorities. OECD statistics and figures will be reviewed and critically discussed. The Emergency and Development components of Official Development Assistance will be compared, and the increasing role of remittances from migrants to their home countries will be highlighted as a parallel flow to development aid.

  3. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Strategies / 15 contact hrs
    This module will review the main tools developed in different times and places for civil and governmental peace-building activities, trying to highlight their strengths, weaknesses and usefulness in the Israeli-Palestinian scenario. A field of topical interest, Peace Studies will explore the different dimensions of conflict, ranging from economics to culture, from religion to ethnicity. Making reference to several historical experiences, the lectures will emphasize that, however difficult it might be, there is no sustainable alternative to peaceful relations among peoples. Students will be engaged in active simulations of dispute resolutions through peaceful means, such as negotiation, mediation, inquiry and conciliation.

Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration


Phone: +972-2-2741241
Fax: +972-2-2744440

Dr. Fadi Kattan
Dean of the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration
MICAD Director / ext. 2445

Victoria Abu Al-Zelof
Program Assistant  / ext. 2427 

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine