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Preliminary Modules

  1. Research Writing Skills / 15 contact hrs

    The main goal of this module is to provide guidance on written English to make the most effective use of the language, according to its specific purpose. English language should be fluently mastered in writing - besides speaking and
    reading - to enhance one’s own communication capability. Lectures will emphasize the importance of achieving qualities such as cohesion, coherence, synthesis and accuracy, without neglecting a wide vocabulary. Different purposes require different writing styles which need first to be acknowledged, and then carefully studied. Useful hints to remember when writing an essay, a critique, a project proposal, a report or a short paragraph will be presented with the help of several samples and exercises.

  2. Methodology of Social Research / 15 contact hrs

    What is methodology? In what ways can methods be helpful for social research? While addressing these two central questions, the module will illustrate why discourses of methods are primordial for social research (and for the Master in particular) and why different methods respond to different types of questioning in the social sciences. Quantitative and
    qualitative questionings differ inasmuch as the first tend to understand causal or statistical inferences, while the other try to offer an interpretation of social actions. Still, both kinds of analysis require a sound, clear, and open methodology. The main goal of the module is enabling students to get familiar with the process of formulating hypotheses, understanding the role of variables, and linking research designs with the most appropriate methodologies. Such a goal will be met by three kinds of activities: a) lectures on the theoretical foundations of different methodologies; b) open debates on selected readings which represent concrete applications of different methods of social research; c) individual exercises in drafting a research plan.


  3. Development Indicators / 15 contact hrs

    The Human Development Index is a well-known indicator for measuring development with a single figure catching dimensions other than income. How is it built? And what other indicators should be considered when analyzing social, economic and cultural features of a context, so as to describe them in a standardized language for comparison purposes? This module will address such questions, drawing the students closer to the heart of development issues. Reports published by international agencies will be introduced as sources of primary relevance. Demographic and economic indicators will be discussed in a cross-country comparative perspective, with a particular attention to time series describing historical trends. Basic inequality indicators will be presented as well in order to highlight social and economic gaps within a population.


  4. Quantitative Methods / 15 contact hrs

    Closely related to the topics discussed in Methodology of Social Research, this module will introduce a series of statistical tools commonly used in quantitative analysis. The focus of the Module is on reading statistics in a critical way, understanding their degree of reliability and extrapolating information from different indicators which may be taken as evidence for second-level analysis. The main indicators used to describe certain features in a given population will be presented, including measures of dispersion and central tendency. The lectures will also address the concept of probability, with a particular focus on the Normal distribution of a variable. Moreover, students will be guided through the analysis of causal relations between two variables, identifying the strength of association as well as its direction. Finally, specific software for data analysis will be presented (SPSS).

  5. Software Applications / Optional

    A good familiarity with many software applications is a prerequisite for development agents. This module will provide a hands-on training on several applications, including Microsoft Access, Excel and Power Point. The advanced functions of relevant software will be explored to enable students to exploit them at their fullest potential. Creating and managing databases, preparing charts, designing graphs and preparing effective presentations are skills to be mastered to improve the quality of analytical projects as well as administrative tasks. What might be perceived as dry technicalities, are in fact powerful resources for development.This module is optional and it does not require assessment, but attendance is highly recommended.

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