Academic Content

Academic Content

In 2019, four academic sections will be offered. Humanitarian Crisis and International Cooperation and Understanding the Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience are returning for another year. Please read the syllabi below to learn more about these exciting classes.

New for 2019, we will be offering Information Technology & Strategic Sustainability and The Global and Domestic Demand: An Economist's journey.

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Session 1, July 7 to July 20, will include Humanitarian Crisis and Information Technology & Strategic Sustainability

What are humanitarian crises? Why do they occur? How has the “international community” responded to armed conflict and natural disasters? Do these initiatives effectively alleviate human suffering? Why does gender matter? What is the impact of international law? Humanitarian crisis and international cooperation is a noncredit course that aims to provide you with a critical outlook on the concept of humanitarian crisis, on the ideology of humanitarianism and, more concretely, on the multifaceted and effects of humanitarian assistance. It also aims at putting to test your critical thinking with the use of case studies and interactive teaching methods such as the simulation of a humanitarian crisis.

PDF icon Humanitarian Crisis and International Cooperation Syllabus

Information Technology (IT) is fundamental to any successful business. Looking at Fortune 500 companies (, many are either pure IT firms (Apple,, AT&T, Microsoft, IBM, Dell, etc…) or firms that leverage IT as one of their core competencies (Walmart, McKesson, GE, Costco, Boeing, etc…). All business magazines cover IT stories on a regular basis, because IT is serious. It can alter industries, enable business opportunities, and change the way people work, collaborate and communicate. We will cover topics of interest to the participating students including strategic use of IT, digital goods, decision support systems and data analytics, internet of things and cloud computing, e-business, block chain & cryptocurrency, and security.

PDF icon Information Technology and Strategic Sustainability Syllabus

Session 2, July 21 to August 3, will include The Global and Domestic Demand and Understanding the Brain.

Why do human beings suffer scarcity? How does society regulate itself in a world with finite resources and infinite wants? How have the fields of economics and finance evolved to ensure that society can meet its needs and desires without disintegrating? The Global and Domestic Demand: An Economist’s Journey is a noncredit course that offers incoming students a summarized look into the intensely closeted but critical field of economics.

PDF icon The Global and Domestic Demand: An Economist's Journey

Have you ever wondered about the brain and how it works? How does it allow us to move, feel, think, and speak? How can we study it? Understanding the Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience is a noncredit program that will give you a deep understanding of the brain, one of the most complex systems in the universe. This class will cover not only introductory topics like the mechanics of the brain, but will also delve into subjects like neurpharmocology, human and animal senses, memory, brain imaging techniques, and language.

PDF icon Understanding the Brain Syllabus


A series of workshops focusing on skill-building, career exploration, and health & wellness will be offered.

We are excited to introduce a four-part workshop focusing on presentation skills, led by Dr. Richard G. Donovan.

PDF icon Workshops on Presentation Skills

Here are other examples of our workshops:

  • Using libraries effectively
  • Developing research methods and understanding research design
  • Discovering McGill extracurriculars, programs, and majors
  • Fostering Student Success and Well-being