INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL AND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
The course’s main objective is to introduce students with the basic theoretical foundations in the field of socio-cultural geography. Main issues dealt with in the course are: Individual-Society-Space Relations ; The Local-Global Dialectics ; The tension between The Self and the Other in geographical research; Nature and Culture; Identities; Environment; Society and Cultural Perspectives; The City in the Global Era.
SPATIAL PLANNING IN ISRAEL
The course examines the development of modern planning in general and the affects of modern planning in Israel in particular. The course focuses on the tensions between various layers of knowledge especially professional and local knowledge. It provides an in depth exploration of the possible integration of identities such as gender, culture, age, and race, in the process of planning. These connections will be examined using cases of social groups in Israel and in other parts of the world.