Course: International Relations: Middle East Conflict & Revolution
Faculty: Ron Smith
DP&S Liaison: Brianna Derr
Date: Fall 2015
In the Fall of 2015, Professor Ron Smith came up with the idea of having his students partner with residents of the Gaza Strip in Palestine as part of his International Relations course, Middle East Conflict & Revolution. He was looking for a way for students to understand the political struggles and the people involved in a more direct way. He had students form groups and create short 5-9 minute documentaries discussing the themes of water, electricity, food, healthcare, and music. He wanted his students to engage with the content by comparing and contrasting these themes within their own environments (the Bucknell community) as well as the Gaza Strip.
These students had the rare opportunity to not only study and learn about Gaza through the content of the course, but also to meet participants from Gaza who could explain these themes in more detail through Skype conversations.