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The Institute offers certificates in social and political sciences, in Islamic studies, in Islamic studies and Humanities, in Management and in Research Methods and Statistics.

Certificat en Sciences sociales et politiques

Offered in French and English, the certificate program is multidisciplinary and covers a wide range of disciplines: sociology, political science, philosophy, international relations, and religion. It consists of 36 credits, divided inot three modules.

Certificat en Sciences sociales et politiques

Module I

 

Cours

N. de crédits

Introduction aux sciences sociales et politiques

Idéologies et régimes politiques

Théories et problématiques de développement

Mondialisation et nouvel ordre mondial

3

3

3

3

                                                                           N. de crédits

12

Module II

 

 

Organisations internationales

Conflits internationaux

Éthique et politique de l’environnement

Orientalisme et ethnologie

3

3

3

3

                                                                            N. de crédits

12

Module III

Modernité, postmodernité et anti-modernité

Laïcité, multiculturalisme et multiconfessionalisme

3

3

                                                                             N. de crédits

6

 

Mémoire                                                                 N. de credits

6

 

Total de crédits

36

 

Description des cours

Introduction aux sciences sociales

Ce cours offre une introduction multidisciplinaire aux sciences sociales, en donnant des connaissances et des habiletés de base relatives à leurs concepts, méthodes, problématiques et théories.

Idéologies et régimes politiques

Ce cours visera à déterminer et à critiquer les éléments en jeu autour du concept d’idéologie depuis son apparition au début du XIXe siècle, en essayant de cerner sa spécificité par rapport à des concepts auxquels on a tendance à l’identifier ou à le soumettre: science des idées, philosophie (métaphysique), conception du monde, art et religion. Il s’agit donc, en délimitant la spécificité de ce concept, de le cerner à l’œuvre à travers son mouvement de constitution, son mécanisme de fonctionnement et de développement, ainsi que d’analyser l’interdépendance entre idéologie, utopie, philosophie, science et pratiques sociales.

Théories et problématiques du développement

Ce cours traite de problématique du développement/sous-développement de pays de tiers monde et de leurs rapports avec les pays indsutriels développés.  On explore les différentes perspectives théoriques qui essayent d’expliquer pourquoi les pays du tiers-monde n’ont pas atteint les étapes de développement  des pays industrialisés, et que manque-t-il à ces pays pour se lancer dans la voie de développement. 

Mondialisation et nouvel ordre mondial

Le cours sur la mondialisation et le nouvel ordre mondial offre une formation intégrée en relations internationales. Il vise à assurer une formation générale nécessaire à la compréhension et à l’analyse des phénomènes internationaux, notamment en ce qui a trait aux enjeux politiques de la mondialisation, aux régimes politiques des différents pays et à la politique étrangère des États. Il permet l’acquisition tant des concepts utilisés par la science politique que le langage et les concepts utilisés en droit international. Il s’adresse aux personnes qui veulent œuvrer dans la fonction publique locale, nationale ou internationale, dans le mouvement associatif, dans les grandes entreprises qui œuvrent à l’échelle internationale ou dans les communications internationales. Le programme prépare également à la poursuite d’études de deuxième cycle dans des disciplines qui s’intéressent aux phénomènes internationaux.

Organisations internationales

L’un des aspects les plus marquants des relations internationales contemporaines est le rôle croissant joué par les organisations internationales dans la coopération que nouent les États pour régler leurs problèmes communs. Leur nombre n’a cessé d’augmenter au fil des années et s’élève, en 1993, à plus de 250 (contre 190 États environ), mais leur importance est extrêmement variable et toutes n’ont pas au même degré la capacité d’agir sur le plan international.  

Conflits internationaux: Le politique et le concept de conflit.

Ce cours examine les enjeux économiques, sociaux, juridiques, démographiques, géo-politiques, religieux, éthniques et culturels qui contribuent au déclenchement de guerres. À l’aide de différentes théories, on essaye de comprendere le dénouement de ces enjeux, tout en prenant plusieurs cas d’études. On fait aussi un compte-rendu des organizations internationales et les méchanismes qu’elles emploient dans le but de régler ces conflits. 

Éthique et politique de l’environnement

Ce cours s’adresse en particulier aux étudiants s’intéressant à l’articulation de l’éthique et du politique dans les problèmes environnementaux contemporains. Ce cours vise à analyser la crise environnementale sur les plans, éthique et politique, crise liée à notre représentation occidentale moderniste de la “ Nature ”. Nous nous interrogerons sur les fondements philosophiques de cette modernité occidentale qui se pose comme universelle.  

Orientalisme et ethnologie

L’orientalisme en général et son corrélat ethnologique.

Étant donné que toute lecture de l’histoire n’a jamais été innocente, les empires occidentaux modernes n’ont jamais été innocents non plus dans leur lecture du reste du monde qu’ils ont dominé jusqu’à l’avènement de l’empire américain. Les premiers contacts victorieux de l’Europe avec les continents asiatique, africain et américain ont donné naissance à deux lectures de ces sociétés que les empires européens s’employaient à domineer  la lecture ethnologique et la lecture ethnocentrique et raciale. Le cours examine les fondements idéologiques de l’orientalisme Européen et l’orientalisme Américain.  

Modernité, postmodernité et anti-modernité

Le discours sur la modérnité a pris de l’ampleur suite au mouvement de renaissance européen au début du XIX siècle. La polémique entre modernité et tradition, entre rationalité et religion, entre science et foi continue jusqu’à nos jours. Bien des philosophes et des penseurs du XIX siècle, tels que Descartes et Hegel, et bien d’autres contemporains croient que la science et la rationalité, qui constituent les piliers de la modernisation,  sont la voie unique pour le progrés de l’humanité et son émancipation. Cette idée ne s’attarde pas à se propager partout dans le monde : la religion et les traditions forment un obstacle au progrès social et économique, et par conséquent la religion doit être reléguée au domaine privé de l’individu.

Laïcité, multiculturalisme et multiconfessionalisme

Ce cours vise à questionner le bien-fondé des concepts Laïcité, Multiculturalisme et Multiconfessionalisme dans leurs contextes historiques et dans leurs fondements philosophiques au sein de la modernité, opposant les libéraux et les communautariens, opposition limitant théoriquement le débat à une confrontation conceptuelle entre le Juste et le Bien, et cela au sein des sociétés libérales modernes. On peut schématiser en disant que ce débat porte beaucoup plus sur les contradictions internes de l’État libéral moderne que sur l’État-empire dans ses rapports à d’autres peuples qu’il a vaincus et soumis à sa domination.

En effet, on assiste en Amérique du nord depuis deux décennies, à l’émergence de la question des droits des minorités nationales, religieuses, ethniques et culturelles au sein des États libéraux modernes. Même si l’Europe a déjà connu la question du nationalisme tout au long du XIXe siècle, les termes du débat nord-américain actuel soulèvent des traits spécifiques liés à un contexte historique différent ; il n’en reste pas moins que les paradigmes philosophiques liés à ce débat ne sont pas complètement étrangers à la philosophie politique continentale.  

Mémoire  

Certificate in Islamic Studies

The certificate program consists of 36 credits that could be completed in a minimum of one year or a maximum of two. The only prerequisite for this program is the language requirement; that is the student must be fluent in English. The program contains the following courses:

Trimester I

Course

No. of credits

Doctrine & philosophy of Shia Islam I

Quran & Hadith I

History of Islam I

Islamic law & Jurisprudence I

3

3

3

3

Total No. of credits

12

Trimester II

Doctrine & philosophy of Shia Islam II

Quran & Hadith II

History of Islam II

Islamic law & Jurisprudence II

3

3

3

3

Total no. of credits

12

Trimester III

Struggle & martyrdom in Shiite thought

Redemption and Messianism in Shiite thought

Essay

3

3

6

Total no of credits

12

 

Grand total of credits

36

The certificate program accommodates students who wish to know about Islam, and who cannot wait to complete a bachelor program. As a requirement for the completion of the certificate, students should write a 20-30 page essay on any topic of their choice.

Course Description

The Doctrine and philosophy of Shia Islam (I, II) (6 credits): a two-semester course that covers the basic ideological tenets of Shia Islam as well as the Muslim duties, and the philosophy that underlies each of these tenets and duties.

History of Islam (I & II) (6 credits): a two-semester course that narrates  the events leading to the birth of Islam as well as the life and times of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) before and after Revelation. The second part of the course analyzes the succession to the Prophet (Imamat vs Khilafat), as well as the major political events that shaped Islam for centuries to come.

Introduction to Quran and Hadith  (I & II) (6 credits): this two-semester course presents a brief history of Tanziel (revelation)  and compilation of Quran, of Interpretation (Tafsir), and the tradition of Hadith narration.

Islamic Law & Jurisprudence (I & II) (6 credits): a two-semester course that tackles the notions of Ijtihad, Takleed and Sharia. The focus will on selected issues of Islamic Sharia and jurisprudence.

Struggle, Martyrdom in Shiite Thought (3 credits): The course explores the notions of Jihad and Martyrdom in Islam, by drawing on the events of Ashoura and the Martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH).

Redemption & Messianism in Shiite Thought (3 credits) : This course deals with the notions of “redemption” and “reappearance” of the twelveth imam in the Shiite doctrine, and the implications for Muslims and the world.

An Essay in English on a selected topic chosen in consultation with the Advisor (6 credits). The Essay should be of 20-30 page length, single spaced, and containing references and a bibliography. 

Certificate in Islamic Studies & Humanities

The certificate program consists of 36 credits that could be completed in a minimum of one year or a maximum of two. The only prerequisite for this program is the language requirement; that is the student must be fluent in English. The program contains the following courses:

Trimester I

Course

No. of credits

Doctrine & philosophy of Shia Islam I

Quran & Hadith I

History of Islam

Introduction to Western Philosophy

3

3

3

3

Total No. of credits

12

Trimester II

Doctrine & philosophy of Shia Islam II

Quran & Hadith II

World religions

Introduction to Psychology

3

3

3

3

Total no. of credits

12

Trimester III

Islamic law & Jurisprudence

Introduction to sociology

Essay

3

3

6

Total no of credits

12

 

Grand total of credits

36

The certificate program accommodates the needs of students who wish to have a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Islam. It offers a comparative overview of the main disciplines in Humanities from a Western perspective, and of Islam from the Shiite point of view. As a requirement for the completion of the certificate, students should write a 20-30 page essay on a topic of their choice.

Course Description

The Doctrine and philosophy of Shia Islam (I & II) (6 credits): a two-semester course that covers the basic ideological tenets of Shia Islam as well as the Muslim duties, and the philosophy that underlies each of these tenets and duties.

Introduction to Quran and Hadith  (I & II) (6 credits): this two-semester course presents a brief history of Tanziel (revelation)  and compilation of Quran, of Interpretation (Tafsir), and the tradition of Hadith narration.

History of Islam (I) (3 credits): a one-semester course that narrates  the events leading to the birth of Islam as well as the life and times of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) before and after Revelation. The course analyzes the succession to the Prophet (Imamat vs Khilafat), as well as the major political events that shaped Islam for centuries to come.

Islamic Law & Jurisprudence (I) (3 credits): a one-semester course that tackles the notions of Ijtihad, Takleed and Sharia. The focus will on selected issues of Islamic Sharia and jurisprudence.

Philosophy. Introduction and history of philosophy (3 credits): this is an introduction to philosophical reasoning through the study of important philosophical issues of human existence, as well as a screening of the major philosophical schools, past and present.

Psychology. Theories of Personality (3 credits): Topics include the organization, functioning, and development of personality from the point of view of major psychological theories.

Religion. Introduction to world religions (3 credits): this course serves as an introduction to the major principles and tenets of world religions. Emphasis will be on their views on the origin and destiny of the human species.

Sociology. Introduction to society (3 credits): The study of society from different sociological perspectives. The course explores the notions of culture, socialization, social organization, social conflict, deviance, etc…

An Essay in English on a selected topic chosen in consultation with the Advisor (6 credits). The Essay should be of 20-30 page length, single spaced, and containing references and a bibliography. 

Certificate in Management

This certificate program is designed to assist students to understand the basics of management and economics. It also helps entrepreneurs and businessmen to utilize their human and financial resources, leading to a better productivity and profitability. To those who are thinking of going into business, the program offers a good start-up strategy that would allow them to do proper planning and organization, and budget forecasting.

This certificate consists of 11 courses of 3 credits each, and a 3-credit project, that is a total of 36 credits for the certificate. The program can be completed in a minimum of three semesters and a maximum of four.  

Trimester I

Course

No. of credits

Organization and Management

Creating and Planning for Small Business

Managerial Economics

Managerial Accounting

3

3

3

3

Total No. of credits

12

Trimester II

Human Resource Management

Purchasing & Sales Management

Budgeting & Financial Analysis

Effective Negotiating & Conflict Resolution

3

3

3

3

Total no. of credits

12

Trimester III

Company Law

Management of Public Relations

Islamic Business and Management Ethics

Management Project

3

3

3

3

Total no of credits

12

 

Grand total of credits

36

Students of the management program are required to write a 30-40 page essay on a topic chosen with the approval of the program director.

Course Description

Organization and Management (3 credits)

This course offers key skills and abilities for long term management effectiveness. It also deals with success factors for coaching, delegating and mentoring. Emphasis is placed on analysis of organizational problems, and optimal design alternatives for improving organizational performance and effectiveness are explored.

Creating and Planning for Small Business (3 credits)

This is a step-by-step course that explores the stages from planning to launching business, within the legal framework of Quebec Company Law. It deals with the principles of creating a sound business plan from analyzing the basic purpose of the plan through turning it into a workable document for use within a company. It also explains the operational challenges faced by the managers of small-scale enterprises.

Managerial Economics (3 credits)

This course focuses on the application of economic theory to management problems and the economic foundations of marketing, finance, and production. It teaches the application of economic theory and the tools of analysis of decision-making to analyze how a business, a not-for-profit institution or a governmental entity (such as a firm or an organization) can utilize its limited resources most efficiently.

Managerial Accounting (3 credits)

This course explains accounting principles underlying the preparation of financial reports with an emphasis on the relationship between accounting information and production decisions. The role of accounting information in various manufacturing decisions is also highlighted.

Human Resource Management (3 credits)

This course helps to grow the managers' role in managing Human Resources through real life case studies, feedback, new techniques and guidance. The manager learns the essentials of key HR functions that he/she can tailor to company's needs.

Purchasing and Sales Management (3 credits)

This course is a road map of the entire purchasing, negotiating process as well as sales process, covering every critical phase of selling and giving you the enhanced listening and state-of-the-art prospecting skills you need to succeed as a professional salesperson today.

Budgeting & Financial Analysis (3 credits)

This course explains the main principles of budgeting, and how to manage performance against the budget. It explains the relationships between expense and revenue and approaches to manage budget variances. It also reviews the cash flow implications of budgeting. It also helps understand how to use financial indicators and benchmarks to allocate resources and evaluate potential projects for maximum return-on-investment.

Effective Negotiating and Conflict Resolution (3 credits)

This course offers the theory and processes of negotiation as it is practiced in a variety of settings. It also examines the causes and consequences of disputes and provides alternative strategies for negotiating and resolving conflicts.

Islamic Business and Management Ethics (3 credits)

This course examines the business and managerial practices from the Islamic legal point of view. Issues such as organization, leadership, transactions, forms of partnership and investments are discussed in the light of Islamic jurisprudence (Sharia). It also proposes a synthesis of sound practices drawn from Islamic and non-Islamic business environments.

Company Law (3 credits)

The examination of important legal issues relating to the business corporation, including an analysis of their legal nature and structure, and the powers, rights, and obligations of directors, officers, and shareholders, legal implications, insider trading, company re-organization, mergers, joint ventures, and takeovers. These matters are studied through the Federal, Quebec, and Ontario Companies’ Acts and relevant court cases.

Management of Public Relations (3 credits)

This course introduces the principles of publicity and advertising: the nature of goods and services, the needs of the users, the marketing strategies. The course also explores the use of public relations to promote the business.

Management Project (3 credits)

Students will be assigned a number of topics in managerial and economical theories and case studies, of which they will have to choose one for a 30 to 50-page essay.

Certificate in Research Methods and Statistics

This certificate program consists of 6 courses, each worth 3 credits, and one project of 6 credits, which makes a total of 24 credits that can be completed in a maximum of three semesters. These courses are:

Trimester I

Course

No. of credits

Research Methods I

Statistics I: Descriptive Statistics

SPSS I

3

3

3

Total n. of credits

9

Trimester II

Research Methods II

Statistics II: Inferential Statistics

SPSS II

3

3

3

Total n. of credits

9

Trimester III

Research project

6

Total n. of credits

6

 

Grand total of credits

24

Course description

Research Methods I & II (6 credits): This two-semester course provides an overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods. They cover all stages of the research process from theory construction, hypothesis formulation, research design, data collection, data analysis, to the writing of statistical reports. The course tackles different methodological choices and issues and their implications for the theoretical framework. 

Statistics I: Descriptive Statistics (3 credits) 

This course is designed to introduce the students to the basic concepts of descriptive statistics and to the use of SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). The emphasis is on the logic of statistical analysis. The objective of this course is to help the students understand the theoretical implications of using various statistical techniques. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to analyze statistical tables and figures and to use elementary statistics for supporting their studies. As a prerequisite for this course, students should be able to do simple calculations (addition, multiplication, division, etc...). This course should be taken concurrently with the course SPSS I.

SPSS I (3 credits)

This course trains the student into using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) for descriptive analysis. Students will learn to enter and transform data, and use SPSS to describe samples.

Statistics II: Inferential Statistics (3 credits)

This course is the continuation of STATISTICS I. It is designed to introduce the students to the basic concepts of inferential statistics and to the use of SPSS. The emphasis is on the logic of statistical inference and on the theoretical implications of using sample statistics to estimate population parameters. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to critically assess the claims of those who use inference in their analysis and to use inferential statistics to support their own claims. As a prerequisite for this course, students must have successfully completed Statistics I. This course should be taken concurrently with SPSS II.

SPSS II (3 credits)

This course trains the student into using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) for inferential analysis. Students will learn to enter and transform data, and use SPSS to estimate population parameters and to test hypotheses about population.

Research project (6 credits)

In consultation with their advisor, students will have to choose a research project, state its hypotheses, design it, collect the data, analyze it and prepare a maximum of 20- page report explaining the research findings. 

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