The Bethlehem Institute of Peace and Justice offers an undergraduate, graduate and hybrid Certificate Program in Peacemaking and Justice in the Palestinian Context that combines two semester-length, online, asynchronous, instructor-led courses with two weeks of intensive study and praxis in Bethlehem in the early summer. (The first on-site intensive is in June 2022.)
Each of these asynchronous instructor-led online courses includes several modules taught by noted Palestinian and international scholars and leaders which explore peace and justice in light of such topics as practical steps toward conflict resolution, Christian, Jewish, and Islamic theology, spirituality, non-violent direct action, international law, and human rights, and the Arab practice of sulha, or reconciliation. These courses also include lectures from leaders among other oppressed peoples globally, including the Dalits (untouchables) in India, minority groups in Myanmar, and township communities in South Africa.
The courses are conducted online on the learning platform of Bethlehem Bible College, “ItsLearning.” Lectures are delivered through recorded videos by the lecturers (see below). Students respond weekly to reflection questions posed by the lecturers. Students collaborate in teams on final “conflict mapping” projects which explore various global conflicts. The course instructor interacts with the students throughout the course.
The two-week intensive residential portion of the program in Bethlehem combines academic lectures, intentional reflection on personal spirituality, and site visits to important local Palestinian-led organizations. The opportunity to study and serve in Bethlehem, listening and learning in the Palestinian community, is a profound, transformative experience. Participation in this intensive is offered first to those who have completed the two online courses and desire to receive the Certificate from the BIPJ. The intensive has a limit of 18 participants each year.
The courses are taught in English and accommodate both undergraduate and graduate students by varying the amount of reading and length of writing assignments.
Non-traditional students who are interested in taking the courses on an audit basis are also welcome!
In brief, the Certificate Program in Peacemaking and Justice in the Palestinian Context is interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and will challenge and help prepare effective peacemakers.
These courses can be added to students’ BA or MA studies in their home university or provide a valuable credential for professional students. The Certificate Program offers 12 credits which may transfer to a student’s home university. Each online course offers three credits, and the Summer Intensive offers six credits.
The Certificate Program is served by faculty noted for their work in peace and justice studies from Israel, Palestine, the United States, South Africa, India, Myanmar. The professors who provide lectures for our online courses include the following: