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New Virtual Summer programme! August 3rd – 14th 2020
27th July 2020
Our Virtual Summer programmes have proved to be so popular, we are now offering a fourth session in August. With 20 hours of live instruction on zoom, our courses run Monday through Friday from 10am – 12pm EDT (some courses will run 1 – 3pm EDT, please see listing below). This course is open to students finishing grades 9-12. Please contact us by email to discuss our courses and to enrol.
Developmental Psychology, Mary Beth Medvide – 3rd – 14th August 2020, 10am -12pm EDT , M-F
An introduction to developmental psychology, this course explores the different stages of human life- Prenatal, Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood- and the biological, psychological and social changes occurring in individuals during them. Topics include: theories of development, genetics and development, birth and the neonate, cognitive and brain development, early experience, attachment, motor and language development, social, sex roles and moral development, ageing and death. This course examines behaviour through the psychological theories of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, Erikson and Piaget. Students critically consider the validity of these theories in light of their own experiences of intellectual and moral development.
Psychology of the Criminal Mind, Dr. Ron Brown – 3rd – 14th August 2020, 10am -12pm EDT , M-F
What drives people to commit crimes? Do offenders have a failed sense of morality, or is it biologically hard wired? Explore how mental illnesses like psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder can be a source of criminal behaviour. This course offers an introduction to an understanding of the criminal mind from a psychological perspective, considering the main theories of personality. These will be described and explained to students, presenting them with an opportunity to complete the main personality questionnaires, and to think about how a pathological mind might respond to the same items. Students will be presented with the main theories in neuro-criminology, learning about the current findings from brain imaging and genetic studies. They will learn about the current research in the field, from both a psychological and a biological perspective.
Frontiers in Medicine, Dr. Megnha Dharod – 3rd – 14th August 2020, 10am -12pm EDT , M-F
In this course you will research and discuss the social, political and cultural dimensions to health and wellness, as well as the scientific fundamentals of medicine, .
Through this course we aim to offer students a flavour of life as a Doctor. There will be an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Sessions will be aimed at understanding the cardiovascular, respiratory, excretory, gastrointestinal, and immunological advances in medicine. Sessions will be divided into looking at different medical cases, discussing diagnosis and treatment. We will divide sessions into understanding different disciplines and getting hands on (though virtually) in history taking and examination skills through different real life cases. Different resources will be shared which will be useful in your career path to studying medicine.
We will also discuss the latest Covid-19 pandemic and discuss the different approaches to it. This course is aimed at students who are keen to start their career in the field of medicine.
Topics in Algebra 2, Nick Reeb – 3rd – 14th August 2020, 1pm -3pm EDT , M-F
Topics in Algebra 2 is designed for students who have completed Algebra 1 and are ready to begin the next level of study in Algebra. The small group work in this class will allow students to master concepts before their school year begins.. At its heart, the course explores functions and their uses in modelling and analysis of real-world situations. Topics include rational exponents, complex numbers, and several types of functions: linear, quadratic, and polynomial functions, as well as rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.
In this class, students will share ideas with classmates virtually in real time: expand their understanding of rational numbers and exponents, as well as linear and quadratic functions; represent functions as graphs, equations, and tables of values; use functions to model real-world data; explore polynomial, exponential, and rational functions, and finally explore logarithms and trigonometry.
Introduction to Finance, Galit Eizman – 3rd – 14th August 2020, 10am -12pm EDT , M-F
Learn the foundations of finance and how the flow of money relates to important social issues influencing our everyday lives. Examine the connections between local and global finance, and the affect on businesses, governments, and personal finance.
The curriculum covers the basics of financial literacy from both the micro (personal) level to the macro (societal) level. The course includes principles, concepts and terminology on the following topics: economic thinking, money, assets and liabilities, business ownership, financial instruments (stocks and bonds, mutual funds, etc.), banking, interest rates, taxes, insurance, retirement funding, mortgages and home ownership, savings. Students will develop spending and budget sheets and will manage a stock portfolio on the Virtual Stock Exchange (VSE). There will be a brief presentation by each student in the final days.
In this course students will: identify economic thinking and reasoning; describe the history and use of money and other financial assets; identify and explain personal spending habits based upon income; determine various investment strategies; evaluate the value of a stock, bond, or mutual fund; identify insurance needs, develop a budget on a minimum wage salary, and elucidate a short term and long term financial plan.
Entrepreneurship, Tim Balconi – 3rd – 14th August 2020, 10am -12pm EDT , M-F
This course introduces the concepts of entrepreneurship, idea creation, funding and development of the start-up environment. It is designed to explore the role of entrepreneurs in society and the vital position they play in both the domestic and world economy. The content of this course will cover various types from social to technological entrepreneurs. The student will acquire the knowledge necessary to take an idea from creation to business development, while working on a business plan throughout the course to gain experience in this area.
Students will evaluate what makes some ideas work and others fail from a business standpoint; produce and develop a new business plan; analyse technological trends and what opportunities may present for start-up development in the future; acquire conceptual knowledge about entrepreneurship and how that is applied in our modern global economy, and identify strengths and weaknesses in new business ideas.
Creative Writing, Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons – 3rd – 14th August 2020, 10am -12pm EDT , M-F
Develop your unique voice as you focus on the main elements of writing short fiction. With works by well known writers as your model, learn to develop narrative point of view, effective description, characterisation and dialogue. Learn the essential elements for how to tell a good story. This interactive workshop is a great first step toward a career in writing or journalism. Starting with imaginative writing prompts, students will learn strategies for how to overcome the blank page. Week one focuses on the foundations of fiction. Playing with craft techniques such as point of view, characterisation, and dialogue will benefit students as they write their own short stories. Week two examines the basic building block of scriptwriting “the scene.” Students will explore how to write dramatic scenes designed to relentlessly move a story forward.
The Moral Life: An Introduction to Ethics, Neil F. Delaney – 3rd – 14th August 2020, 10am -12pm EDT , M-F
In this course we will be integrating classics from literature with philosophy to introduce the study of moral philosophy. Readings will range from Plato, Aristotle and Immanuel Kant to Herman Melville, Kurt Vonnegut and Voltaire.
Together we will consider such questions as does life have meaning, what if any are our duties to non-human animals, and what is the purpose of morality anyway? The structure of sessions will be a mixture of lecture and spirited discussion. In essence we will be using the model and texts for Dr Delaney’s very successful introduction to ethics taught over several years at the University of Notre Dame.