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Core | Seminars

Introduction to the Seminars

Overview

The Seminars of the Core Curriculum — conceived to lie at the heart of the Core — are to ensure directed learning and detailed supervision as each student progresses in meeting the knowledge responsibility set for them by the Core Papers. The Core Seminars are to be a meeting of 2-4 students and an instructor once or twice per week. And over the years, they are to guide, motivate and supplement what we expect to be a student’s individual acquisition, application, exploration and further study of the concepts, issues, readings, sources and broader knowledge environments of the Core.

Provided below is access to further details for each set of Core Seminars.

in the Arts

Core Curriculum Seminar | Arts I, II, III, IV

in Civics

Core Curriculum Seminar | Civics I, II, III, IV

in the Humanities

Core Curriculum Seminar | Humanities I, II, III, IV

in the Sciences

Core Curriculum Seminar | Sciences I, II, III, IV

The Seminar Syllabus

Overview

The Syllabus of the Seminar is to be set by the instructor in conversation the 2-4 students as they meet weekly. Such a syllabus is to delineate readings, sources and further material drawn from the Papers of the Core Curriculum, as well as a schedule of evaluations and projects where applicable. A given Seminar’s syllabus will generally follow the coverage of the lectures, sections and practicums (or at least be aware of such coverage) but is expected to more directly attend to the progress made or not yet made by individual students with respect to the Core Papers, as well as to any discovered or developing interests students wish to pursue.

Provided below is access to further details for each set of Core Seminar Syllabi.

in the Arts

Core Curriculum Seminar Syllabus | Arts I, II, III, IV

in Civics

Core Curriculum Seminar Syllabus | Civics I, II, III, IV

in the Humanities

Core Curriculum Seminar Syllabus | Humanities I, II, III, IV

in the Sciences

Core Curriculum Seminar Syllabus | Sciences I, II, III, IV

The Seminar Submission

Overview

Following the Syllabus, each week students are to send to the instructor a submission ahead of a seminar. Often these submissions shall be in the form of analytical or expository writing, though other formats may be agreed upon as more appropriate for the area or aspect of knowledge being covered.

Provided below is access to further details for each set of Core Seminar Submissions.

in the Arts

Core Curriculum Seminar Submission | Arts I, II, III, IV

in Civics

Core Curriculum Seminar Submission | Civics I, II, III, IV

in the Humanities

Core Curriculum Seminar Submission | Humanities I, II, III, IV

in the Sciences

Core Curriculum Seminar Submission | Sciences I, II, III, IV

The Seminar Review

Overview

And each week every student shall receive seminar review — often, though not always, twice. First, in meeting, where each student shall be on the spot, as it were, and publicly read out or otherwise present the submission, then get immediate feedback through seminar discussion. Second, after meeting, via written comments and evaluation by the seminar instructor on the returned submission. Then more periodically (not weekly), review by evaluations are to be scheduled and completed that may include written or oral examinations or, where more appropriate, longer or more complex submissions.

Provided below is access to further details for each set of Core Seminar Reviews.

in the Arts

Core Curriculum Seminar Review | Arts I, II, III, IV

in Civics

Core Curriculum Seminar Review | Civics I, II, III, IV

in the Humanities

Core Curriculum Seminar Review | Humanities I, II, III, IV

in the Sciences

Core Curriculum Seminar Review | Sciences I, II, III, IV

Apple (Michał Grosicki)
Apple (Michał Grosicki)
Letters (Jason Leung)
Letters (Jason Leung)
Type Letters (Amador Loureiro)
Type Letters (Amador Loureiro)
Printing Press (Kelly Sikkema)
Printing Press (Kelly Sikkema)
Pencils In Cup
Pencils In Cup
Children Learning (Santi Vedri)
Children Learning (Santi Vedri)
Children at School, Kampala, Uganda (Bill Wegener)
Children at School, Kampala, Uganda (Bill Wegener)
Children Gathering, Sidamo, Ethiopia (Trevor Cole)
Children Gathering, Sidamo, Ethiopia (Trevor Cole)
Wearing Jackets, Brooklyn, USA, June 2018 (Roxana Crusemire)
Wearing Jackets, Brooklyn, USA, June 2018 (Roxana Crusemire)
Womens March, Seattle, Washington, USA, January 2017 (Jose Moreno)
Womens March, Seattle, Washington, USA, January 2017 (Jose Moreno)
At the Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris, France, 2018 (AC Almelor)
At the Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris, France, 2018 (AC Almelor)
Bibliotheque (Eugenio Mazzone)
Bibliotheque (Eugenio Mazzone)
Stairs, 2018 (Monty Lov)
Stairs, 2018 (Monty Lov)
At MOMA, NYC, USA, 2017 (Daniel H Tong)
At MOMA, NYC, USA, 2017 (Daniel H Tong)
Still of Actor, Macbeth, Undated (New Public Library)
Still of Actor, Macbeth, Undated (New Public Library)
JohnMarkSmithKuznietsov2017
Floating Book, The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, July 2018 (Jared Craig)
Floating Book, The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA, July 2018 (Jared Craig)

The Papers

Overview

As mentioned above, The Papers of the Core Curriculum are designed to work in tandem with each other and provide students with a multi-year cohort experience in four areas of knowledge — Arts, Civics, Humanities and Sciences. The Core Papers provide students with an overview of their knowledge responsibility in these areas, detailing, for instance, concepts, topics, readings and sources. Students of the Core take up the task of developing and maintaining what amounts to a bibliographic mastery of — or responsibility for — the Papers, eventually able to capably and fully participate in informed discussions, evaluations and projects in each area, separately, and in an integrated manner.

Provided below is access to further details for each of the Core Papers.

Arts | All Papers

Arts | Musical

Arts | Performative

Arts | Visual

Civics | All Papers

Civics | Education

Civics | Government

Civics | International

Civics | Law

Humanities | All Papers

Humanities | History

Humanities | Literature

Humanities | Philosophy

Humanities | Religion

Sciences | All Papers

Sciences | Formal

Sciences | Medical

Sciences | Natural

Sciences | Social

Sciences | Technological

The Core Curriculum

Overview

As mentioned in our Introduction, the Core Curriculum of The Ikoku Foundations is an endeavor being developed by The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation and The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation, with the support of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Alvan Ikoku Philanthropies, and under the direction of their Founder and President, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

You may revisit our Introduction and its ensuing sections through access we provide below:

Introduction to the Core

Core Papers

Core Courses

Core Seminars

The Concentrations

The Theses

Education at the Ikoku Foundations

The establishment of The Ikoku Foundations entails emphases in education that ensure and reflect the originating charitable mission and purposes. That mission to enhance public awareness, public knowledge and public interest concerning Africa and its global diasporas, including a range of shared societies. The emphases in education inform our commitment, effort and work to achieve benefit, impact and success. And they result in the following three primary features of our communities:

01.

Education Suited to Personal and Social Benefit

Education at The Ikoku Foundations has been conceived, developed and provided in order to benefit individuals partaking of and providing knowledge, the communities they belong to and the wider societies that encompass them and others. And to produce learners and teachers who are attentive to self, mind and body, to local and global peoples, as well as the complex states and polities where those peoples reside, living shared, interdependent lives.

02.

With Respect Being Central to Learning and Teaching

At the core of each educational endeavor is a commitment to the most robust conceptions of respect, dignity and humanity, including and beyond what the law has protected and provided for, as students and teachers of The Ikoku Foundations fulfill a shared mission to serve the public interest in Africa, its global diasporas and the full range of shared societies.

03.

To Ensure a Just and Shared Future for Many

The Ikoku Foundations are inspired by peoples who have contributed to the foundations and development of their societies, despite a history of systemic difficulties. Who maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them and will enhance the futures of the regularly disenfranchised, marginalized and underserved. The Foundations draw from these examples a vision of the public good to which education — and those who acquire, apply and provide it — may helpfully and productively contribute.

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