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Wednesday

Introduction to Psychology and the Brain - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 23, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Have you ever wondered what makes us tick?

Some may say it is our heart, but what about our brain?

What role does it play in who we are and the choices we make?

Introduction to Psychology will introduce students to human nature. We will explore the brain’s anatomy, understand the history of psychology and the various points of view that have existed over time. We will delve into experience, emotion, learning, behavior and psychological disorders through readings, videos, research and lectures. The class will observe a live dissection of a brain, performed by the teacher (with possibility to follow along at home).

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

All Lives Matter: Sociology for Kids - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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What is society?

Why do we have friends?

What makes everyone different?

Why are people rich of poor?

Come join me for a fun semester of sociology where we will explore the answers to all these questions and more by learning how our society functions!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Ayla Gilbert Burke

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

I Think Therefore I Learn: Philosophy for Kids - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Is the world real or just in my imagination?

Do we have free will?

What is the difference between right and wrong?

Come join me for a fun semester of philosophy where we will explore the answers to all these questions and more by learning the answers to the classic philosophical questions!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Ayla Gilbert Burke

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

International Justice: From Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 01, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class will focus on the International Criminal Court – a permanent independent international court, closely connected but not a part of the UN system.

Beginning with WWII, students will discover the amazing history of the fight for global justice and ultimately a more peaceful existence. The first two weeks of this course will help students to understand the progression of international justice from Nuremberg through regional courts and finally to the installation of a permanent court to try atrocity crimes.

Turning to focus for six weeks on the International Criminal Court – students will dive deep to focus on three topical themes
1) Law or War where students will be faced with questions for debate such as ‘should the U.S. join the treaty to become a part of the International Criminal Court’
2) Peace and Justice where students will focus on two questions. First the ramifications of the use of child soldiers and the idea of child soldiers as victims or perpetrators of crimes. Secondly, students will learn about local justice systems, comparing those to international justice mechanisms.
3) Testing the Limits where students will consider how far the UN and an international court can really go to achieve international justice.

In the final two weeks of the course students will engage in a team debate with the question to be considered – Can war be waged legally? Here the students will put their new knowledge and critical analysis into action to debate whether it is possible, under existing international laws, for governments or rebel groups to wage war legally considering issues such as child soldiers, the bombing of medical facilities and the displacement of civilian populations.

NOTE: It is not necessary to have taken the international law course offered in the winter, in order to take this course. It is also important to note that the material will NOT be overlapping, so you may take both to engage in a deep understanding of issues of international law and restorative justice and peace.)

Deadline for Registration is March 15, 2019.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

International Justice: From Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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This class will focus on the International Criminal Court – a permanent independent international court, closely connected but not a part of the UN system.

Beginning with WWII, students will discover the amazing history of the fight for global justice and ultimately a more peaceful existence. The first two weeks of this course will help students to understand the progression of international justice from Nuremberg through regional courts and finally to the installation of a permanent court to try atrocity crimes.

Turning to focus for six weeks on the International Criminal Court – students will dive deep to focus on three topical themes

1) Law or War where students will be faced with questions for debate such as ‘should the U.S. join the treaty to become a part of the International Criminal Court’

2) Peace and Justice where students will focus on two questions. First the ramifications of the use of child soldiers and the idea of child soldiers as victims or perpetrators of crimes. Secondly, students will learn about local justice systems, comparing those to international justice mechanisms.

3) Testing the Limits where students will consider how far the UN and an international court can really go to achieve international justice.

In the final two weeks of the course students will engage in a team debate with the question to be considered – Can war be waged legally? Here the students will put their new knowledge and critical analysis into action to debate whether it is possible, under existing international laws, for governments or rebel groups to wage war legally considering issues such as child soldiers, the bombing of medical facilities and the displacement of civilian populations.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

International Law: Peace, Security and International Justice in a Global World- Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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This class provides students with a strong introduction into the world of international justice, the United Nations and the organizations and courts which work to ensure peace and security in an ever volatile world. Through a combination of lectures, seminar style conversations and debates, and mock court experiences the student will gain a deeper understanding international justice.

The first three weeks will include more lecture and question/answer periods in order for students to gain important foundational information. These three weeks will focus on International public law, the law of human rights, humanitarian law, and international criminal law. These weeks will provide an overview of the structure of international law and how the law interacts with the UN and individual nations.

The following four weeks will involve seminar style learning, applying the materials learned in the first three weeks to real world scenarios in order to better understand how the international community has dealt with conflict. Each of these four weeks will focus on a different conflict. Studying the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, students will address the political complexities of international conflict and they will debate the involvement of outside intervention, focusing on the Mladic Trial at the UN Tribunal. The next week will involve a focus on peacekeeping versus peace enforcement – looking at the Rwanda Genocide and the Media Trial at the UN Tribunal for Rwanda. The next week, the students will turn to the past conflict in Cambodia in order to understand and debate the various definitions of atrocity crimes and to discuss whether an international court or some other form of softer justice would have more appropriate in the context of the particular conflict. Finally, the students will engage in a seminar on the International Criminal Court, debating the necessity of a permanent court to deal with large scale conflict. Here they will focus on the first case to come before the Court in the DRC and the issue of child soldiers as a war crime., gaining an understanding of how international law can make a difference by providing more humane rules to war.

The last three weeks of class will be devoted to a mock court experience where students will have the opportunity to be on teams comprised of the Prosecution, Defence and Judges of an international court and will be provided a mock case which they must prosecute, defend or judge – allowing them to experience international justice in action.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Mind over Matter: Psychology for Kids - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Why do we blush when we are embarrassed?

Why do we need parents?

Why do we laugh?

Why do some people seem instantly trustworthy and others “creepy”?
Come join me for a fun semester of psychology where we will explore the answers to all these questions and more by learning how our brains work!

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Ayla Gilbert Burke

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.