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Steve Gilbert
CHID 480
Seattle Campus

Special Topics: Advanced Study of the History of Ideas

Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

"Driven by interdisciplinary approach, this course works on multiple levels. The primary focus is on the changing nature of global tactics of warfare on four major Hs, home, human health and habitat. Where habitat includes built and ecological environment. Taking the meaning of home as a theme, this course aims to focus on the interdisciplinary urban and health implications and responses of war in areas of conflict. Combining theory and reality, we will use Palestine as a case study. In times of warfare, people’s compulsory journey from evacuation to home return correlates with the meaning of home “as a place from which to reach out and to which to return," therefore, home is seen as rootedness and the central place of human existence. Globally, this course aims to provide a general framework for the analysis of societies’ response to political and military conflict. On the human level, it is meant to discuss peoples’ response to either natural or man-made, and explore their practices during and the aftermath of either disaster or conflict. While we are aware of the global policies behind conflicts, this course deals with the human implications of these policies. The course discusses in- depth the inhabitants’ traumatic experience under the Israeli occupation and links this with other local, regional and global examples. The “walking through walls" military strategy that consisted of blowing up the walls, floors, and ceilings of adjacent homes in the old town of Nablus in the West Bank, and other places, dramatically altered the built environment and created highly stressful living conditions. It alters the conceptual meaning of home. For example, during the 2002 Israeli invasion Edjteyah of most of the main Palestinian cities, the “walking through walls," linguistically and technically represents a forcible action of power domination and repression over both the landscape and people. This course demonstrates the ways in which the colonial power contemporary war delays any long-term planning, development and sovereignty statehood by suspending the people’s everyday life.

Student learning goals

1. To explore the impact of modern warfare on peoples’ habitat, everyday life and space.

2 To recognize, describe and define the meaning of home in times of political and military conflicts.

3. To critique and classify linkages and interrelations between the people’s disrupted habitat and their health.

4. To outline and compare socio-institutional polices that mitigate the implications of conflict and violence. This includes, people, local institutions, regional and international communities.

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Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Steve Gilbert
Date: 02/19/2013