Aims and Objectives

The instructional model is geared to help students move from an increased cultural understanding of self and other (and an increased appreciation of one’s own disciplinary, methodological, and cultural situation in relation to others) to the application of such awareness in the critical analysis of frameworks and methods (cultural, academic, discipline-specific). It thus:
• develops transformative, solution-based, student-centred research skills;
• promotes intercultural competency;
• encourages global connectivity;
• and opens up the potential for extended student / instructor / institution-based research, scholarly, and artistic work through models of cross-cultural collaboration.


A primary aim of PICT is to support problem-based research projects requiring cross-cultural dialogue as well as the application of discipline-specific practices in academic and regional, global, transnational contexts. It thus:
• facilitates analytical, critical reflection on cultural and academic practices;
• supports innovation of new (cross-culturally informed) methods;
• and engages students in a scholarly process leading to the dissemination of collaboratively supported findings (in course-specific or increasingly public / scholarly forms).


A secondary aim is to support the exchange and exploration of cultural perspectives for increased understanding of a common issue and of the different contexts that may affect the significance of scholarly approaches to the issue. It thus:
• familiarizes students with region-specific cultural and academic practices;
• connects students to diverse questions, perspectives, experiences, expectations;
• facilitates cultural awareness of self and other;
• develops cultural literacy for a global society;
• and addresses real-world problems through collaborative, experiential, and cross-cultural methods.