Peacemaking and Justice in the Palestinian Context 1 and 2 are asynchronous, guided, online courses that introduce key concepts in both the theory and practice of peacemaking and justice in the context of Palestine and Israel and as expressed by Palestinian Christians and other international scholars. Combined with the Summer Intensive in Bethlehem, these two courses comprise the Certificate Program in Peacemaking and Justice in the Palestinian Context. These courses are open to both undergraduate, graduate, and auditing students. These are three credit/hour courses offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and are 14 weeks in duration. The Fall semester course begins in mid-September and ends mid-December. The Spring semester course begins mid-January and ends mid-April.
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) so participants can access the lectures at their own convenience. 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 reading material is provided online. The reading and research project assignments are adjusted for the academic level. The weekly reading assignment will be approximately 30-50 pages for undergraduate and graduate students 60-100 pages. The course instructor interacts with the students throughout the course.
Enrollment Options and Costs
Option one: Audit (non-credit basis)
Students selecting this option have no academic requirements. Auditing students have access to the video-recorded lectures and the assigned reading material without obligation to complete the writing assignments or final project. The instructor will check in with the audit students but largely they work at their own pace. The cost of tuition to audit is $240.00 for each semester-length (3 credit) course.
Option two: Credit Basis
Students selecting this option have the option to take the courses individually for credit without the obligation to take more than one course (3 credit hours) or enroll in the Summer Intensive in Bethlehem. The cost of tuition for credit is $495.00 for each semester-length (3 credit) course.
Each lecture introduces a rich perspective on the holistic discipline of peace studies