CILAS uses Discussion Based Learning (DBL) as its main learning method. DBL upholds a pedagogy of collective discovery rather than a pedagogy of mastery. This is to say that students and fellows discover new things together instead of having fellows feed students a master-narrative, or lecture them. A pedagogy of discovery recognises that the process of knowing is fundamentally socio-emotional. DBL divides in-class discussions into Pre- and Post-Discussion which are bridged by a week of individual study.
the core curriculum invites students to contemplate and formulate their driving questions and interests. Students familiarise themselves with the fields of study Arts & Culture, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. They are invited to conversations with writers and speakers from across spheres about what it means to build community, how meaning is produced through art, how we come to know and which rules we devise to govern ourselves. The core curriculum seeks to develop the habits of mind conducive to the pursuit of one's intellectual curiosities.
thematic courses are offered during trimesters two and three. A thematic course is of a duration of ten weeks and is scheduled once a week, both in the morning from 10am to 12:30pm or in the evening from 5:30pm to 8pm. Thematic courses emerge from the four fields of study. Like the core curriculum, thematic courses relate and seek to respond to the rapidly evolving social, cultural, and civic settings that students act within. CILAS reserves five spots for visiting students per thematic course. The courses are offered at CILAS and its partner spaces.
2014-2015 second trimester
2014-2015 third trimester
2015-2016 second trimester
2015-2016 third trimester
2016-2017 second trimester
2016-2017 third trimester
2017-2018 second trimester
2017-2018 third trimester
2018 - 2019 CILAS Alex Core Courses (first semester)
2018 - 2019 CILAS Alex Thematic Courses (second semester)
2019 - 2020 CILAS Alex Core Courses (first semester)
2019 - 2020 CILAS Alex Thematic Courses (second semester)