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Specific Topics

  1. Sustainable Use of Natural Resources / 15 contact hours

    This module deals with the natural resources of the Palestinian environment, mostly focusing on water and land. Water is the most important resource for life, and its scarcity – especially in dry and desert contexts – poses many challenges. The lectures will analyze the conditions of water resources in Palestine, and will examine how water is controlled and distributed among the population. With the help of specific data, lectures will trace a water map of the West Bank, the Jordan basin and Gaza, highlighting the strategic areas involved in political conflicts. The sustainable utilization of water in agriculture is another issue to be explored. Finally, a brief analysis of how Palestinian land is used will be provided, underlining the need for comprehensive development plans for urban and rural areas.

  2. The Question of Refugees / 15 contact hours

    Refugees represent one of the major, unsettled questions in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Nowadays, more than four millions of 1948 refugees are registered at UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugee in the Near East), and they live in camps or villages scattered around the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Their living conditions are often extremely harsh, and the only services they can rely upon are those provided by international aid. The lectures describe the historical evolution of the question of refugees, and outline the principal interventions being implemented in order to support displaced populations. Moreover, the topical issue of the “Right of Return” is studied from legal, cultural, and sociological perspectives. UNRWA documents and videos will be used in class, providing a basis for debate.

  3. Current Issues / 15 contact hours

    The content of this module is defined by the Scientific Committee on a yearly basis. The module is conceived to provide the opportunity to discuss possible fields of intervention and research for development agents. Selected issues might be broad as well as specific in their scope. A few examples: food security; health policies; agricultural and rural policies; children rights; education; the Human Development Capability Approach; information of conflict vs conflict of information; the question of Jerusalem.

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