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International Issues

  1. International Law / 15 contact hrs

    International law is the body of treaty or custom based rules that govern and regulate the interactions and relations between nations, international organizations and, to a lesser degree, multinational corporations and individuals. Public
    international law has increased in use and importance vastly over the twentieth century, due mainly to armed conflict, the increase in global trade, environmental deterioration on a worldwide scale and human rights violations. This module will cover the building blocks of public international law: the nature and subjects of international law; statehood; the law of treaties; the peaceful settlement of international disputes; the legitimate use of force and sanctions; and basic principles of International Humanitarian Law.


  2. International Organizations / 15 contact hrs

    This module will introduce a series of multilateral organizations and institutions which, on global or regional scale, are engaged in pursuing different missions to promote human development. The role and functions of the United Nations
    central bodies will be described in detail. Particular attention will be given to the process of reform of the UN Security Council, one of the major issues in the contemporary debate, since the end of the cold-war. Also, the activities and modus operandi of the main UN agencies will be described, with special references to those operating in Palestine and all over the Middle East. Students will be actively involved in presenting the features of a selection of international organizations.

  3. Institutions of the European Union / 15 contact hrs

    Recently enlarged to 27 members comprising more than 450 million people, the European Union represents one of the most complex entities on the global scene. How was it born, and how does it work? Analyzing its internal organization is crucial in order to understand the economic, social and political shape of the continent. The lectures will address the different aspects of the European Union, with a particular attention to the features of the common market and the monetary union, but also to the actual rights of EU citizenship. After a brief review of the European integration process and a description of its founding pillars, the lectures will open the debate on topical issues such as the common foreign policy, the protection measures for the domestic economy, the alleged democratic gap between citizens and institutions, and the relations with ACP countries. To this particular regard, references will be made to the institutional framework designed to implement the EU development aid policies, EuropeAid and ECHO.

  4. International Politics and Relations / 15 contact hrs

    This module will consider how the modern international system, or “community of States”, has constructed state sovereignty in relation to the concept of “nation”, commonly viewed as the origin of a state while more often it is the result. While realist theory is useful to understand power relations between states, understanding the interdependence between international and domestic politics requires a constructivist approach. Constructivist theory approaches the international system as an evolving set of rules and norms. Through this lens, it will appear evident that race, ethnicity, culture, territory, and other doctrines about national identity have had changing significance to state legitimacy. The lectures will explore the application of this theoretical framework by reviewing the Question of Palestine as it has evolved in international debates from the 1920s.


  5. Euro-Mediterranean Relations / 15 contact hrs

    The Mediterranean Sea has historically been a privileged setting for economic, social and cultural exchanges between the peoples living along its shores. Does the sea divide or unite the peoples? Relations between the northern and southern coasts have been deeply shaped by war, conquest, colonialism, trade and migrations. The aim of this module is to make a presentation of the complex political, economic and cultural ties between the European Union and the Middle East. To this regard, the specific case of Turkey will be analyzed as a bridge between the two. Moreover, from a developmental perspective, the reasons for the alleged gap between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean will be explored. But also, this module will pose questions – and, possibly, provide tentative answers – on the foundations of European identity. Students will analyze the strategic importance of Euro-Mediterranean relations in a multi-polar international system, compare the EU and US approaches, and develop a deeper understanding of intercultural relations beyond the usual “clash of civilizations” or religious-secular debate.

Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration


Phone: +972-2-2741241
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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
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Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
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Bethlehem, Palestine