Introduction to the Core
Welcome to our Introduction to the Core Curriculum of The Ikoku Foundations, 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. Here, important information will be provided to you regarding the conception, development and eventual offering of the papers, courses and seminars that constitute the curriculum.
Please, therefore, take the time to read, understand and revisit this Introduction and its ensuing sections carefully and regularly.
Aims of Knowledge
The Core Curriculum is conceived and developed to provide students with a foundational, higher-level and integrated understanding of fundamental areas of knowledge graduates should expect to encounter in contemporary life and will need in order to fully engage in, participate in and ultimately influence increasingly complex and interconnected societies.
Areas of Knowledge
The Core Curriculum sets out to achieve the above, first, via its structure: a multi-year cohort experience moving through interconnected “papers” in four areas of knowledge — Arts (Musical, Performative, Visual), Civics (Education, Government, Law, International), Humanities (History, Literature, Philosophy, Religion) and Sciences (Formal, Medical, Natural, Social, Technological). The Papers of the Core Curriculum are a combination of readings and sources, courses, seminars and evaluations that are designed to work in tandem with each other and to offer students a balance of directed learning, creative exploration and informed, motivated inquiry concerning the foundational and shifting concepts, problems, questions, texts and contexts of our times and societies.
Conditions for Knowledge
The Core Curriculum also attends to conditions for learning, teaching and intellectual inquiry — among students of varied ages, stages and reasons for partaking of education — and to conditions, too, for more broadly encountering, acquiring and applying knowledge. Our graduates should expect to become adept and skilled at assessing and excelling in a range of knowledge and learning environments the world will present to them — and be particularly attuned to how best they are and continue to be lifelong learners as well as teachers of others.
Histories of Knowledge
Furthermore, the Core Curriculum provides students with a keen awareness of knowledge in relation to communities, corpora, fields and traditions that receive comparatively inadequate attention, representation, support and understanding. These inequities are often shaped by global histories of knowledge acquisition, dissemination and production, as well as by an array of cultural, economic, political and social impediments. Students and graduates of the Core Curriculum should thus expect to enhance their awareness, detailed knowledge and informed understanding of relationships between persons, communities and states, the lived existence of the world’s most regularly marginalized and disenfranchised peoples, and most especially Africa, its global diasporas and a range of interconnected societies.
Improvements in Knowledge
The Core Curriculum is therefore especially attuned to the importance of studying certain regions, concepts, problems and questions with the overall purpose of improving students’ depth, range and rigor in their understanding of self and societies, their capacities of thought, their integration of fundamental areas of knowledge, their ability to productively apply such knowledge, and their own present and future contributions to fields of knowledge and to local and global communities.
Trusts Areas of Public Benefit
Finally, the Core Curriculum is conceived and developed as an endeavor essential to the work of each and every one of the Trusts Areas of Public Benefit of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts. All Trusts Areas have been established to fulfill a core mission of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations to increase the public awareness, public knowledge and public interest concerning Africa and its global diasporas, including a range of communities and structurally connected societies in the Americas, Asia, Australasia/Oceania, and Europe. The Ikoku Core Curriculum shall be essential to that mission in ways we delineate above and below.
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
Also mentioned above are the Courses of the Core Curriculum. While the Papers provide students with an overview of their knowledge responsibility in the four areas, the Courses offer active opportunities for students to acquire, apply and further such knowledge, in large, medium and smaller-sized groups. The Core Courses are thus conceived and developed as a set of courses (with lectures, discussions and labs or practicums) in Arts, Civics, Humanities and Sciences — and like the Papers are designed to work in tandem with each other to result in a multi-year cohort experience.
Provided below is access to further details for each set of Core Courses.
in the Arts
Core Curriculum Course | Arts I, II, III, IV
Core Curriculum Course | Civics I, II, III, IV
in the Humanities
Core Curriculum Course | Humanities I, II, III, IV
in the Sciences
Core Curriculum Course | Sciences I, II, III, IV
The Seminars of the Core Curriculum are conceived to lie at the heart of the Core Curriculum: to essentially ensure directed learning throughout the multi-year experience in the four areas of knowledge. Consisting of an instructor and 2-4 students — and meeting once or twice per week — the Core Seminars are to provide detailed supervision of each student’s progress in meeting the knowledge responsibility set by the Papers. The Core Seminars thus 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 Seminars | Arts I, II, III, IV
Core Curriculum Seminars | Civics I, II, III, IV
in the Humanities
Core Curriculum Seminars | Humanities I, II, III, IV
in the Sciences
Core Curriculum Seminars | Sciences I, II, III, IV
In the near future, the Curriculum will permit students approaching their third year of the Core to concentrate in one discipline and field of study (or possibly two). As that offering becomes available, we will provide more detailed information pertaining to the following:
Decisions to Concentrate
Decision-Making Toward Discipline and Field Concentration
Ensuring Discipline and Field Fundamentals
Knowledge of Subfields
Knowledge of Subfields Within Discipline and Field of Concentration
Knowledge of Methodologies
Knowledge of Methodologies Related to Discipline and Field of Concentration
Knowledge of Debates, Problems, Questions
Knowledge of Debates, Problems, Questions Within Discipline and Field of Concentration
Engaging Research Opportunities
Engaging in Research Opportunities Related to Discipline and Field of Concentration
Lists of Field Concentrations
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Also in the future, the Curriculum will also all students approaching their fourth year of the Core to complete a thesis in one discipline and field of study (or possibly two). As that offering becomes available, we will provide more detailed information pertaining to the following:
Research and Project
Thesis Research and Project
Analysis, Revision, Writing
Thesis Analysis, Revision, Writing
Presentation, Review, Submission
Thesis Presentation, Review, Submission
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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:
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.
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.
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.
The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations are independent, private, non-profit organizations that serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic endeavors and emerging communities, organizations and societies.
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The Ikoku Foundations’ founding mission and ongoing emphases of support are for good works that help the public understand Africa's essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sound, equitable and of deep benefit across communities in shared societies.
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To this end, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations are governed by a Board of Trustees and two differently dedicated Advisory Boards of Directors — a three-board system set out and defined in the original Declaration of Trust, where the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics is also delineated.
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