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Course Overview

Harness the benefits of interdisciplinary study and work

Real life problems are too complex to be solved by a single field of study. That’s why learning to work across different disciplines is a vital skill in our modern society.

On this course, you’ll discover what interdisciplinary learning is and learn how different disciplines develop their own methodologies and language.

You’ll explore how disciplines create and value different types of knowledge, and discover strategies for working in an interdisciplinary environment.

You’ll also learn how to make the most of interdisciplinary work and collaborate effectively in your own areas of practice.

Week 1 

Why can interdisciplinary learning and working be challenging? 


Why do you have to think about disciplines? 

What is interdisciplinary learning and working? 

How can language be a challenge? 

How can methodology be a challenge? 


Week 2 

How can you get the most from interdisciplinary learning and working? 

 About the week 

How is knowledge developed in different disciplines? 

What type of result do you want to achieve in your interdisciplinary learning? 

How will you know if you are making progress in an interdisciplinary project? 

How will you get the most out of your interdisciplinary work? 


This course is designed for those preparing for a joint honours degree or an interdisciplinary degree at undergraduate or masters level. 

It will also be useful for academic researchers undertaking research in new areas or professionals working on projects with people from different disciplines.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to… 
  • Explore how different disciplines have standardised focuses and methods for researching and solving problems. 
  • Compare the ways that different disciplines create and discover knowledge, and the type of knowledge they create. 
  • Evaluate the appropriateness and applicability of discipline-specific epistemologies to different needs and projects. 
  • Reflect on how your understanding of your own discipline changes when you compare it to the principles and methods of other disciplines. 
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