The ERC Curriculum has consisted of the following courses, study groups, and workshops:
Model United Nations course
Combining lectures with debates that simulate international affairs, MUN enables participants to gain skills in research, public speaking, leadership, and teamwork. The focus is placed on learning and action related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have hosted four MUN simulations in which delegates have debated topics of cyberwarfare, peacekeeping in Ukraine, legalization of cryptocurrencies, climate change, right of return of Palestinian refugees, and population dynamics.
State of Affairs course
Learning about diverse issues from climate change to human rights, from income inequality to foreign aid, students engage in writing from contrasting viewpoints. In the process, they are exposed to a variety of opinions and sources of information, allowing them to develop an objective stance on global affairs.
Providing an exposure to historical and contemporary trends in globalization, the course incorporates a holistic overview of political, economic, social, and environmental dimensions of globalization. Students learn about a diversity of topics - from Bretton-Woods institutions and international trade, to immigration policy and the contemporary rise of global populism.
Innovation Incubator hub
Introducing students to cutting-edge developments across different sectors through tools of economic analysis, Innovation Incubator is oriented toward students with an interest in entrepreneurship. There have been two cohorts thus far, each consisting of 5 students selected from dozens of applicants. The first cohort completed a consulting project formulating reform in the system of higher education in Tajikistan, while the second cohort conducted a research project on pioneering artificial intelligence in Tajikistan.
culture & society study group
Culture & Society provides an overview of basic sociological concepts and an introduction to modern art. The course enhances interpretive and analytical skills, while lectures focus on argumentation grounded in different types of qualitative data. A wide array of topics, ranging from theories of social interaction to Dada art, are covered throughout the course. The students visit the local Art Gallery in Khujand, and host an Art Exhibition showcasing their own works of art across different themes.
economics & statistics study group
Economics & Statistics familiarizes students with basic tenets of economics and applied statistics to enhance their understanding of economic affairs. The course provides an overview of microeconomics and an introduction to statistics, covering topics ranging from market equilibrium and deadweight loss, to probability and hypothesis testing, with practical case applications from the global economy. It serves to prepare students for future enrollment in the Innovation Incubator cohort.
Literature & Linguistics study group
Literature & Linguistics is focused on development of literary skills and practice with standardized examinations through the study of literary works from different historical eras. The students are able to hone critical thinking skills through assignments that are designed to connect themes in literary works with contemporary circumstances in Tajikistan.
The Admissions Workshop introduces talented high school students planning to continue their education in the United States to The Common Application. Students in their final year of secondary school complete the CommonApp in real time with guidance from instructors and peers.
English Language Instruction
English language classes are offered to students who lack English proficiency required for enrollment in activism courses, but have the potential to participate in future sessions of the ERC. Courses have included pre-intermediate, intermediate, and upper-intermediate levels, as well as a TOEFL preparation course.