The Arava Institute, in cooperation with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), offers a minor in Environment and Society to Israeli undergraduate students. The courses in the minor program are recognized and approved by the Geography and Environmental Development Department at BGU.
The minor is built around a core curriculum that emphasizes interdisciplinary study. The minor is designed to give students a strong foundation in environmental sciences and policy. In doing so it deepens the students understanding of regional environmental challenges. All teaching and evaluation are in English.
In addition to their course work, all students participate in the Peace-building Leadership Seminar (PLS) and the Environmental Leadership Seminar (EL) where they engage in dialogue focused on understanding current political, social, and cultural issues, exploring dual narratives, and learning intercultural communication and environmental leadership skills.
After an academic year at the Arava Institute students will earn 28 credits. On completion of the Minor Program students will be eligible to apply to any degree program at Ben-Gurion University.
The Environment and Society Minor requires the completion of 6 compulsory courses (19 credits ) and 3 elective courses ( 9 credits) and will include one semester trip. To learn more about the course offerings available in the Minor Program please review the courses below and the course descriptions.
|Course Number||Credit||Course Name|
|Compulsory courses||19 credits|
|128-1-2301||3||Introduction to Environmental Policy|
|128-1-0201||3||Introduction to Environmental Ethics|
|128-1-0129||3||Introduction to Environmental Science|
|128-1-0078||3||Introduction to Ecology|
|128-1-0049||3||Water Management in the Middle East|
|128-1-2271||3||Climate Change : Science and Policy|
|Not for credit||Peace-building and Environmental leadership Seminar|
|Elective Courses||9 Credits|
|128-1-0139||3||Introduction to Earth Science|
|128-1-1781||3||Alternative Energy Science|
|128-1-0149||3||Environmental Education : From Theory to Practice.|
|128-1-0019||3||“Collapse” Environmental Anthropology|
|128-1-0351||3||Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture|
|128-1-1521||3||Archeology and Human Ecology|
|128-1-0018||3||Ecology of the Arava|
|113-1-001||3||Basics of Organic Food Production|