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Enrichment mini-courses program at Saint Paul University

Saint Paul University (SPU) is pleased to participate for a second year in the Enrichment Mini-Courses Program (EMCP) along with the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and La Cité. This program is a unique annual event in the world of Canadian education.

Since the creation of the EMCP in 1981, over 50,000 talented students – from grades 8 to 11 in Eastern Ontario, and Secondary II to V in Western Quebec – have been given the opportunity of exploring a field of study or area of interest in a university or college setting. These students have acquired knowledge and skills that will help them achieve academic success and stimulate their interest in pursuing post-secondary studies.

SPU proposes the following four mini-courses as part of the 2015 EMCP during the week of May 4 to 8, 2015:

401. Hey world...wait for me!

Do you ever feel like you just have to catch your breath and reconnect with yourself? If you do then this course is for you! Over five days, you will have a chance to explore psychological, relational and spiritual concepts that shape different parts of your life. A brief history of psychology and human relations will be presented. You will also have a chance to explore the difficulties that can be found in relationships. Various kinds of social interactions will be addressed and applied to the formation of relationships. This course will take a look at how spirituality is present in people’s lives…you will be able to explore your values, your beliefs, your interpersonal style and much more. Guest speakers will come share with us, movies and music will be interpreted and you will be able to experience, discuss and reflect! You will discover great ways to catch up with the world…and find new healthy ways to sit back and embrace it.

402. Media World: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

This mini-course will explore the many different roles media play in our real life! It is an interactive course where participants will examine media images and representations of celebrities in the media and also how media projects different role models to various groups of the population. We will also analyze recent popular culture texts and how it can model our individual style of leadership (images, songs, videos, sitcoms, etc.). We will see and understand how models are portrayed and disseminated in relation to gender, race, sex, and ethnicity. We will use different multi-media texts in the course, so be prepared to discover A LOT beyond your childhood memories of Disney!

403. Cinema and the Bible

This mini-course explores how certain familiar Biblical characters are portrayed in the movies. Students will evaluate how faithfully cinema represents the Bible, and how Bible stories are sometimes manipulated and reshaped to fit the director’s vision. You’ll learn how the choices made by film producers and actors can influence our understanding of Bible stories and our image of God. Through screenings, discussions and presentations, you’ll sharpen your critical skills and learn a little more about the Bible in an entertaining context that encourages creativity. Lights, camera, action!

404. Forms of Social Conflict

This mini-course will explore the origins and impact of conflicts in social life. Through presentations, discussions, films, and simulations, students will develop a better understanding of the sources and consequences of social conflicts, and of various ways to manage and resolve them.

For more information regarding the mini-courses offered by SPU, please contact our project officer at or by phone at 613-236-1393, ext. 2481.

For more information on the EMCP program, please visit

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