Olive Tree Initiative - Field Trip POLITIC4156

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Building on the compulsory Narratives of Conflict in the Middle East honours module, OTI is designed to introduce students to the study of conflict by means of academic study and a fieldtrip to the Middle East (Israel, Palestinian Territories and Jordan) where students meet with a range of parties to the Arab-Israeli struggle. The experiential learning focus constitutes an innovative form of teaching practice on conflict resolution.


This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.


Students participating in the Olive Tree Initiative will have to apply to the programme at the same time as applying for entry to honours.

Excluded Courses



Narratives of Conflict in the Middle East.


1 x 1500-2000 word reflective log based on field trip.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable


Course Aims

The study trip offers a focus on experiential learning on conflict and its transformation in the Middle East. It aims to introduce students to a range of first-hand perspectives on the Arab-Israeli conflict and to facilitate their development as reflective and critical thinkers. The field trip comprises a two-week visit to the region (Israel, Palestine, Jordan) along with students from the University of California.

As the trip is in the summer following the end of semester 2, it is only open to junior honours students.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

- Demonstrate a conceptual and empirical understanding of the role of narratives in conflict;

- Critically evaluate the role that narratives play in contributing to conflict or its resolution with application to their experiences on the field trip.

- Develop a capacity to engage with and challenge their preconceptions in order to expand their point of view by gaining meaningful knowledge through experiential education.

- Contribute to their future employability and personal development through student leadership and reflective practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.