Graduate Courses

In Collaboration With The College of Mount Saint Vincent

The following courses are available to all IPSL Concordia and Mt. St. Vincent students during their semester at SIS. Alongside courses students will have service oppurtunities. For more information on the IPSL Graduate Program please visit

  • Intercultural Communication

    The course of Intercultural Communication is aimed to give the students a wide overview on contemporary discussion upon multiculturalism, intercultural competencies and their many related dimensions and aspects while providing the students with the appropriate critical tools; its main goal is to train professionals endowed with a proper intercultural sensitivity and an attitude to reflect upon intercultural issues.

  • Intercultural Pragmatics: Tools for Understanding Italian Culture and Language

    The course aims to provide the students with theoretical competences as well as with practical tools for communicating successfully within the Italian culture. The pragmalinguistic, metalinguistic, and sociopragmatic competences acquired will constitute a conceptual grid that will allow the students to understand on a global scale the conceptual differences reflected into cultures and languages, and act locally within the Italian environment.


    The corner-stone idea of this course is that language constitutes a window onto the mind and onto the way in which the reality is conceptualized by a linguistic community, in this case the Italian one. In this perspective, understanding and being able to act successfully within a specific cultural framework cannot leave aside the (at least partial) understanding of the local language.


  • European Development Policy: European Perspective on International Engagement

    The course is aimed to give the students a wide overview on the development of International Organizations, both Non Governmental (INGOs) and Governmental (IGOs) in the world panorama with a specific concentration on Europe, the position and role of the European NGOs and the European Union in the globalized world, and the current public discourse in the European societies, where global mobility, migrations and a growing cultural and religious diversity are shaping the identity of 21st century Old Continent.

  • A European Perspective on Protection of Human Rights.

    Elective: 1 Credit

    The European system of human rights today is the result of a long historical process during which human rights were first protected as citizen rights and minority rights on the national level. With the European Union gradually developing from an economic into a political organization, human rights are becoming more and more important, both in the internal and external relations of the Union. This course aims to provide an introduction to the European System of Protection of Human Rights.

  • New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) vs Structural Adjustment: Focus on Camerun.

    Elective: 1 Credit

    The course aims to offer students a perspective on Africa’s underdevelopment that gives more room to Africans’ view. There is ample debate on the failure of development in Africa. The interpretation of its causes differs depending on whether it is given by the recipients or the donors’ point of view. Obviously there are nuances within each party. For instance African grassroots/civil society often disagree with  government/regional institutions’ views. International financial institutions/donor countries’ approach are not often shared by  non governmental initiatives of industrialized countries. Yet all agree on one point, the expected development of the continent is still very far from being met. Many African analysts have put the blame of the failure on western industrialized  development formula  which, according to them is mainly development aid rather than development cooperation. A development model that has deeply rooted an assistance mentality on government and people on the continent  that instead of looking for ways to solve their own issues would rather expect or call for aid. When in 2001 some African Heads of State merged two ambitious African programmes for the development of the continent that they had set off, namely the Millennium Africa Recovery Plan (MAP), led by South African President Thabo Mbeki and the Omega Plan, crafted by Abdoulaye Wade the President of Senegal into the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)  was this initiative the first step out of the self-incapacitation mindset that had so far characterised the African continent?

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