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Syllabus PROGRAM SEMINAR - 59508
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Last update 21-10-2015
HU Credits: 1

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: glocal community development studies

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: guy harpaz

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Thursday 1010-1100

Teaching Staff:
Prof Guy Harpaz

Course/Module description:
The Glocal Seminar is an annual, compulsory seminar. It will consist of six meetings in each semester. The first semester will be devoted to a number of themes, whereas the second semester will be focused on one theme: immigration and refugees. Most of the sessions will be conducted by guest lecturers: we will meet activists in the realm of development who will share some of their dilemmas, as well as scholars who are engaged in research into development issues. Other sessions will be conducted by Guy Harpaz. Few sessions per semester will be under the responsibility of the students.

Course/Module aims:
The seminar is designed to:

1. Introduce the students to issues of theory, policy and practice and their interface.
2. Enhance the students’ analytical and critical writing and thinking skills. In that respect the Seminar is meant to serve as a stepping stone to the concluding Pears Seminar (Second year).
3. Enable the students to share with their peers their own knowledge and experience in the area of development.
4. Provide the students with cutting-edge knowledge and insights in the area of refugees and immigration, examined from international and Israeli perspectives.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To analyze and comprehend moral and practical dilemmas of development

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: lectures

Course/Module Content:
Semester A

1. 27th October – Guy Harpaz, Introduction
2. 10 November – Steen Jorgensen, Country Director, World Bank, Ramallah,
3. 24 November- Micha Odenheimer, Tevel B'Tzedek, “Dilemmas, Challenges in Post Earthquake Nepal”
4. 22 December - Roundtable of students
5. 5 January - Dr. Jonathan Gezz, “The Afterlife of Failure: Revisiting Israel's Abandoned Development Settlements in Zambia and Tanzania”
6. 19 January – Prof. Avner de Shalit, “Environmental Injustice”.

Required Reading:
the reading materials will be distributed in advance by each guest lecturer

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 30 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 70 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.