IUC Courses


Organizers

World Academy of
Art and Science

Istituto dell'Approccio
Centrato sulla Persona

Inter-University Centre
Dubrovnik

Dag Hammarskjold
University College 

World University
Consortium

The Mother's Service Society

SOCIAL POWER (31 OCT - 2 NOV 2016)

This program is intended as an original exploration of the origins, nature, expressions and consequences of social power. This transdisciplinary post-graduate course will examine ideas and issues of immense importance to humanity, which are often overlooked in our efforts to address pressing social challenges. The practical aim of the program is to identify ways in which the enormous untapped and underutilized social potential can be more fully converted into effective power to address pressing global challenges and enhance human security, development, welfare and well-being. The issues addressed apply to all dimensions of social life—political, legal, economic, academic, scientific, social, cultural and psychological.

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MIND, THINKING & CREATIVITY (12 APR - 15 APR 2016)

Thinking is the activity by which mind associates, organizes, coordinates and integrates information, thoughts and ideas. Creative thinking is the process by which mind extends the boundaries of existing thought and knowledge to connect, reconcile and unify previously unconnected or contradictory perspectives. This course will explore the characteristics of mental knowledge and thought processes, types of thinking, the character of rational thought, the mental and social construction of knowledge, deep thinking, creativity and genius. Rather than focus on abstract philosophical concepts, it applied this knowledge to understand both the sources of humanity’s prolific mental creativity, the characteristic problems it confronts due to irresolvable conflicts and contradictions between mental perspectives, and their resolution in different fields of natural and social science, public policy, collective and individual behavior.

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FUTURE EDUCATION (21 SEP - 23 SEP 2015)

A Post-Graduate Certificate Course on Future Education is being conducted by the World University Consortium, the World Academy of Art & Science, the Mother's Service Society, Person-Centered Approach Institute, Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy and Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia from September 21-23, 2015 at Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The course will examine key issues that need to be addressed in order to evolve a more effective form of future-oriented higher education. Apart from the presentations, it is a unique opportunity for students to interact with educators and experts in the field of education.

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ESSENCE OF EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP (31 MAR - 3 APR 2015)

A Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Essence of Effective Leadership is being conducted by the World Academy of Art & Science, the World University Consortium, The Mother's Service Society, Person-Centered Approach Institute, Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy and Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia from March 31 to April 3, 2015 at Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

This course explores the characteristics common to leaders in business, politics, civil society, science, arts, professions and education and examines methods by which these characteristics can be consciously developed by individuals. The presentations consists of theory, practical strategies, and a wide range of examples drawn from biography, history, management, literature, and video clips from movies illustrating the principles under discussion. 

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TOWARD AN INTEGRATED SCIENCE OF SOCIETY (1 – 6 SEP 2014)

The accelerated pace of social change, increasing complexity of interactions between fields and globalization of interactions presents humanity with a nexus of challenging problems – political, economic, legal, social, cultural, psychological and ecological – that defy comprehension and resolution by a piecemeal, sectorial approach based on the prevailing principles of social science. Efforts to combine and integrate perspectives from different disciplines are limited by the absence of a common conceptual framework.  This six-day trans-disciplinary course will explore common principles and processes governing survival, growth, development, evolution and social revolution applicable to all fields, including awareness, social energy, organization, networks, language, law, technology, money, complexity, power, culture, values, consciousness and ways of knowing.

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INDIVIDUALITY & VALUES IN SOCIAL EVOLUTION (25 – 30 AUG 2014)

The Individual is the catalyst of all social progress, the source of creativity, innovation, new ideas and new initiatives. The individual is the genetic source of human diversity. The entrepreneur, inventor, social reformer, revolutionary leader, original thinker and creative artist are a few of its expressions. Yet how little we understand about the characteristics of true individuality, the ways in which it expresses, the means for developing it, and the means for realizing real individuality in one’s own life.

This transdisciplinary study examines the role of Individuality and Values in personal achievement, growth of personality and social evolution drawing on evidence from Management Science, History, Psychology and Literature. History demonstrates that individuals have the power to change the world. This course examines the relationship between creative individuals and society searching for insights into the principles and process that governs successful human initiatives and their consequences in various fields of life.

The course will explore a variety of themes including characteristics of high achieving individual, individuality as catalyst for social change, role of relationships and networks, power of values, biological, social, psychological and spiritual dimensions of life, character of life, personal achievement, growth and self-realization. While the presentation will be academic, the objective is to impart original insights and practical knowledge for personal growth and individuation.

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