Scientific Inquiry

Scientific inquiry will examine how properties of microscopic bodies influence interactions of macroscopic bodies, thus having a significant impact on society. This impact includes how we make our decisions, what policies we establish, and what norms we follow. We will look at multiple scientific concepts from atomic and molecular perspectives to understand important scientific issues facing our global society.

This course is co-taught by Vincent Autexier and Alina Sidorova.

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences component of Parami Institute’s leadership & educational program is taught with an interdisciplinary approach to learning, including a survey of some of the disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, history, and psychology, to name a few.  Each semester, students are also introduced to qualitative and quantitative methods or approaches to undertake research topics and questions, data collection and analysis, culminating in team research projects of their choosing.

Means of Communication

What do we know, how do we know it, and how do we tell others about it? These are fundamental questions studied by scholars in the humanities. “Means of Communication” introduces students to various disciplines in this vast academic area, including history, philosophy, musicology, philology, anthropology, gender studies, the history of art, the history of science, film and media theory, and religious studies. Each module lasts between one and three weeks, during which students learn what each discipline has to offer us as learners. Students analyze the basic assumptions of each discipline, as well as its advantages and limitations. Coursework consists of readings, lectures, group discussions, written assignments, guided meditations, listening exercises, and field trips.

This course is taught by Andrey Tolstoy.

Political Science

This course, which will take an anthropological approach, will investigate power in all its forms. Students will read texts from a diverse array of political thinkers in order to analyze the webs of power relationships they encounter on a daily basis, from kinship networks to ethnicity to the state. In addition to reading theoretical and empirical texts, students will be required to conduct ethnographic fieldwork on a range of political topics and write extensively about their findings.

This course is taught by Michael Dunford.

Writing Workshop

The Writing Workshop is a class for students to hone in their writing skills as well as develop their own voice.  As an extension of the Writing and Thinking Workshop carried out over the first two weeks of the PLP program, the Writing Workshop uses a balance of diverse stylistic and philosophical writings as well as the students’ own creations to inspire deep and thoughtful writing.  Grammar points and stylistic conventions will be discussed throughout the Workshop as they pertain to the students’ work.

This course is taught by Joseph Decker.


Newsroom is a space where students can discuss the most pressing local, national, and international issues.  The purpose is to keep the community informed and engaged with what’s happening around us.

This course is taught by Joseph Decker.