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INTRODUCING GCAS’s Certificate & Diploma Programs

The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) is pleased to announce our Certificate and Diploma Programs.  These programs will be posted on our website shortly, but for now we are providing you this information here.

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Introduction

The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) is pleased to introduce our Certificate and Diploma Programs in order to offer and provide participants (students and researchers) with comprehensive, tailored learning opportunities in a number of related fields within the Humanities, Art/Architecture/Design & the Social Sciences. Each program offers a variety of options including lectures, seminars, series, forums, and workshops taught by renowned experts, leading scholars, journalist, film directors, artists, activist, and community developers.

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Certificate Programs offer the opportunity to become generally familiar with subjects in the Humanities, the Arts, Psychoanalysis & Social Sciences at the post-graduate level over a short and flexible period of time.  This provides students and participants with other commitments to participate and accomplish their research goals, the acquisition of knowledge, and diverse ways of applying that knowledge to making our world a more just place in which all humanity can live together in peace. Certificates are awarded by individual institutes within GCAS, whereas the Diploma is awarded by the GCAS.

Diploma Programs offer the opportunity for participants to focus their research on a specific topic(s) of interest under close supervision by a professor.  Some of the general aims of this program may include some or all of the following:

(a) The preparation for publishing research

(b) Journalism (communications)

(c) Social Media

(c) Gaining additional post-graduate credentials for supplementing and/or applying to existing PhD or MA programs

(d) Personal and communal enrichment

(e) Networking and community Building

(f) The sheer joy of learning and it’s transformative process

The Certificate and Diploma programs offer access to renowned guest lectures, audio-visual content, and academic and communal networking opportunities to promote one’s own research projects and learn from others research and communal projects.

The professional development programs are actively supported by major figures in the education/pedagogical field in open and distance learning, classroom technologies, and the publishing world.  They are designed to provide access to acquiring basic and advanced skills within a dynamic learning environment.

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Key Objectives of the Programs

Provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of the Humanities & Social Sciences within the contemporary world, while placing a particular emphasis on critical thinking within this framework.

Educate participants about past and contemporary research within the context of the political, economic, and cultural milieu within and through which our world is shaped.

Analyze critical strategic and tactical power-relations on global, regional, and local levels in relationship to key insights in critical theory, political economy, media, global and communication studies, philosophy, religion, art, psychoanalysis and other related subject.

Examine contemporary obstacles to political and economic relations using historical and modern methodologies and their application.

Equip participants with confidence, expert research and communication skills, social networking, and training in educational development and implementation on the local and global levels.

Provoke individual thought and reflection on new and pressing issues surrounding the applied Humanities, Art and Social Science studies.

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Key Benefits of the Program

The program addresses contemporary and historic international issues relative to social justice and the founding principles of democracy and the “commons” within the contexts of the Humanities, Art, and the Social Sciences.

Participants/Researchers may frequently work with leading scholars and activists working such fields as journalism, ecology, social media, education, film theory and practice,, academia, political organization, independent economic and peace work organization, workers unions, international development and related fields.

The program provides participants with theoretical and practical guidance and encouragement on implementing the founding principles of democracy within research and local and global organizations.  This will help enable students to create a solid communal network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices. On a practical level, the program may assist and prepare students for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international economic and ecological  organizations.

The international and transglobal communal environment of the Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) will furthermore offer participants a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts, academics and fellow researchers on an dynamic diverse and open level of interaction.

The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) is a growing world leader on providing the highest quality, debt-free education committed to the basic principles of Democracy (academic freedom, equality, solidarity, sustainability and justice) with the best minds in the world.

GCAS has seven Institutes:

Critical Philosophy (Richard Kearney, Director)

Critical Media and Cultural Studies (Jean-Luc Nancy, Chair & Giovanni Tusa, Director)

Critical Theology (Creston Davis, Director)

Critical Pedagogy (Maria Nikolakaki, Director)

Political Economy

Global Studies (Azfar Hussain, Director)

Institute for the Arts (Rebecca Weisman, Director)

Psychoanalysis (Jacques Siboni & John Gasperoni, Directors)

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GCAS Institution Certificates:

Upon the successful completion of the GCAS Institution Certificate program participants/researchers will be awarded a certificate signed by the director of the respective Institute.

Researchers/Participants need not apply to the GCAS Certificate program.

For administrative purposes there is an enrollment fee of $100 and an annual fee of $50 for each year additional year enrolled. Your initial enrollment fee will cover your first year.  These fees covers an student/researcher’s web-page on the GCAS website as well as a GCAS email account and administrative handling.  Finally there is a $25 fee for a copy of the Certificate.  If you wish to have your Certificate mailed to you there is a Shipping and Handling fee of $10 (within the United States) and $15 outside the United States.

Total Cost of the Institutional Certificate Study Program:

Enrollment fee: $100

9 Credit hours:  $1,350

Certificate Fee: $25

Total: $1,475.00

Certificate of Attendance:

This is a certificate that certifies that you have attended a course with GCAS.  You may audit a course and qualify for a certificate so long as you attend the course.

There is a fee of $25 for a copy of the Attendance Certificate.  If you wish to have your Certificate mailed to you there is a Shipping and Handling fee of $10 (within the United States) and $15 outside the United States.

Professional Development Certificate Program:

GCAS offers professional development opportunities for professors seeking to widen their competence in other fields of study including the Humanities, the Arts, and the Social Science.  Additionally, there are learning opportunities for Professors in such fields as “Open and Distance Pedagogy,” “Classroom Technologies” and similar courses.  Many colleges and universities provide financial resources for professional development opportunities.  To qualify for a GCAS Professional Development Certificate you need to successfully complete a course of study.  Upon completion you will receive a certificate certifying your work.

Fees Associated with Professional Development Certificate

There is a $25 fee for a copy of the Certificate.  If you wish to have your Certificate mailed to you there is a Shipping and Handling fee of $10 (within the United States) and $15 outside the United States.

Enrollment fee:  $30

Course: $150

Certificate: $25

Total:  $205

The successful completion of The GCAS Institutional Certificate Program requires researchers/participants to successfully complete nine (9) credit hours total.  These credit hours can be composed of any courses you take for credit.  For example, you can take three 1 credit Series, and two 3 credit courses totally 9 credits total.  Any combination of credits are allow so long as you are taking the course for credit.

Each Institute offers a certificate.  To receive a certificate from an specific institute you must complete 6 credit hours within that institute.

You may also complete a Certificate in the General Humanities or Transdisciplinary Studies, which is a certificate that combines courses from different institutes.

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Diplomas:

GCAS Diploma:

In order to become a candidate for a diploma you must normally complete the GCAS Institutional Certificate Program of Study under the direction of a GCAS Institute or designated and approved faculty member.  For approval of a faculty member please contact Dr. Creston Davis, the Director <creston.c.davis@thegcas.com>.

One must apply to the GCAS Diploma program. The application will be made available on March 1, 2015. The general criteria for admittance to the Diploma program includes the following:

An applicant must submit the following:

(1) Documented performance in precious GCAS courses

(2) The submission of an official transcript

(3) Two letters of support from Professors

(4) A short 3,000 word research writing sample

(5) A statement of research interests

Once these supporting application documents are submitted, you will be notified as to your acceptance normally within two-weeks.

Diploma curriculum:

The GCAS Diploma program is designed to be rigorous.  The participant must successfully complete the following requirements:

  1. two independent studies (6 credits total)
  2. one common-diploma seminar (1 credit)
  3. demonstrate a reading proficiency in a non-English language
  4. successfully write a thesis proposal
  5. write and successfully defend a 10,000 word thesis comprised of a three member GCAS faculty advisory board

For administrative purposes there is an enrollment fee of $100 and an annual fee of $50 for each year additional year enrolled. Your initial enrollment fee will cover your first year.  These fees covers a student/researcher’s web-page on the GCAS website as well as a GCAS email account and administrative handling.  There is a defense fee of $350.  Finally there is a $25 fee for a copy of the Diploma.  If you wish to have your Diploma mailed to you there is a Shipping and Handling fee of $10 (within the United States) and $15 outside the United States.

The total cost for the GCAS Diploma program is as follows:

Application Fee:                                  $  50.00

Enrollment Fee:                                  $ 100.00

Defense Fee:                                      $ 350.00

Independent studies:                         $1,000.00

Common Diploma Seminar:              $  150.00

Diploma Fee:                                      $   25.00

Total:                                                   $1,750.00

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