Fundamentals of Oral Communication
- Political Ecology and Social Change: Focus on the Arab region (American University of Beirut): This graduate course contextualizes political ecology within the Arab region, and, using this framework, examines both the environmental issues facing the region, and the different manners through which civil society organizes around those issues.
- Exploring Environmental (In)Justice (American University of Beirut): This graduate course examines issues of environmental quality and social justice, and the complexity of both environmental injustices and the struggle for environmental justice. Four pillars are explored: Principles of Environmental Justice, with a cursory understanding of political ecology; principles of Transformative Change and Power Analysis; overview of issues in the Arab region: economic, social, environmental, political; and the tools and strategies used by organizations and communities for environmental justice, with a focus on the Arab region.
- General Ecology (University of Balamand): This course explores: origin and evolution of the biosphere, introduction to climates, ecosystems and biomes; the interrelations of organisms and their environments; and principles of growth, regulation, distribution, structure and energetics of populations and communities.
- Environmental Communication Approaches (University of Balamand): This course is based on cooperative learning activities. Students will learn how to organize environmental workshops and will get introduced to the theories and skills of alternative dispute resolution approaches, citizen participation strategies, public participation structures and dynamics, public policy decision making and implementation, risk communication, leadership styles and small group dynamics.
- Writing for Environmental Professionals (University of Balamand): This course introduces students to the principles and practice of writing skills required of environmental professionals. Students will develop proficiency in determining the purpose of a document, analyzing the audience; selecting, developing and organizing the information in an appropriate design, and writing clearly, precisely, and effectively.
- Introduction to Environmental Sciences (University of Balamand): This course will introduce the principles of basic science and technology involved in processes of environmental change, pollution and protection of natural resources, and their implications to economic and human systems. (For Freshman students only).
- Environmental Economics and Development (University of Balamand): Significant environmental destruction is caused by insufficient and incorrect attention to economics. Examples include subsidized prices for natural resources, neglect of external costs and benefits, and an excessive commitment to GNP growth and its neglect of the biophysical system in which the economy is embedded. In this class, students will be introduced to basic micro- and macroeconomics, distribution and trade, and the application of economic and social science principles and techniques to production, consumption, and valuation of natural resources. Students will also study differences between standard economists and the more interdisciplinary ecological economists.
- Natural Resource Management and Policy (University of Balamand): Students will study scientific, environmental, social and institutional factors affecting planning and policy making, with a focus on community-based natural resource management. The course focuses on ecosystem based planning and policy issues through development of a multiple-use plan. Sources and use of environmental data are discussed and illustrated. A general overview of environmental laws on the national scale will be attempted.
- Ecotourism Planning and Development (University of Balamand): This course offers students a study of the fundamental concepts of nature based tourism planning and its contribution to community development. The course emphasizes the negative and positive economic, social, and environmental impacts of nature based tourism.
- Climate Change: The Science and Local Impact (University of Balamand): This graduate course will tackle the science of climate change, drawing attention to the latest research and evolving patterns of scientific data on climate that has emerged in recent years. Emphasis will be given to the scientific aspects of the elements of climate change, measurements, natural and human causes of climatic variations, past and current climates, future projections, economic and ecological impacts, analyzing the social changes and adaptations that human communities have already made and those they will most likely have to make as the Earth’s climate continues to change in the coming years. Special attention will be given to the mitigation
- Environmental Management and Policy (University of Balamand): The graduate course will examine the principles, procedures and methods of good environmental management against the background of Lebanese, European Union and international policy requirements and market instruments. Students will be provided with an opportunity for more in-depth study of selected areas of environmental management, as related to current needs. They will be enabled to develop the research and management skills required to collect, analyze and present information in the context of environmental policy, monitoring and auditing.