The course addresses the realities of students coping with living in and understanding a changing world. It offers a creative combination of subject matter and skills, with a mandatory intercultural dimension. Because it accepts personal experience to be part of the acquisition of the knowledge and identity, it helps to bridge the crisis in cultural understanding, now evident in human relations throughout the world today.
To aid this understanding students have the opportunity to travel to Vietnam to see the changes in social values and structure over the past 50 years.
Students are able to follow their own interests with the completion of the Personal interest Project, which also provides valuable skills for later study. The social research skills that students gain through doing their Personal Interest Projects have, in the opinion of many former students, been the single most important benefit that they have taken with them from secondary schools to university.