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Development Issues II

  1. Human Rights / 15 contact hrs
     What are exactly human rights? Who is entitled to human rights? And how can human rights be guaranteed and
    safeguarded? Some answers to these questions can be found in documents like the Universal Declaration of 1948, the two Covenants of 1966 and other legal instruments protecting positive and negative rights. Other answers, at times conflicting, can be found in customs. The lectures will describe the main theories on human rights; the progressive codification of human rights; the universal character of human rights VS the claim of cultural relativism; the nature and content of human rights obligations and the role of the United Nations in promoting the respect of human rights. Finally, some issues of the contemporary human rights debate will be discussed, i.e. the third generation of human rights; the right to development, and the new Optional Protocol on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

  2. Human Development: Theories at Work / 15 contact hrs
    Making all development projects human rights-aware. This is the goal of the Human Rights Based Approach, which will be introduced in this module as a bridge between theoretical notions and field practice. Qualified experts will guide the students into the process of operationalization of concepts, which calls development agents to reflect their cultural and professional background into their actions. The lectures will make several references to case studies in different contexts, examine real data and discuss the actual meaning of human development indicators. Live simulations will help students in avoiding neglecting human rights when drafting project proposals. But this is only the first step: human rights should not remain on paper and be practiced all throughout the phases of a project cycle.

  3. Gender Issues / 15 contact hrs
    Often placed within the vulnerable groups of most societies, women have historically encountered remarkable difficulties in being recognized an equal social, economic, and cultural status of men. Nowadays the struggle for equal opportunities still remains crucial in many countries. The existence itself of gender issues is sometimes denied recognition due to a number of cultural factors. Hence, the need of spreading awareness in the first place, at all levels. This module will highlight the main obstacles on the way of women’s empowerment, and will provide the conceptual keys for planning development activities with a gender perspective. The goal of these lectures will be to make students familiar with some crucial assumptions and findings of gender studies and develop a gender-sensitive perspective in society and their particular workings fields. The pedagogical approach will rely on a range of different methods which aim at involving the students in an active way so as to connect the topics with their life experiences. The following methods will be applied: visual supports, group work, case work, text work, constant interaction with the students.

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