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180222 SE Introduction to Interdisciplinarity: Theory & Practice (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work
We 06.10. 10:00-13:00 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 20.10. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 03.11. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 17.11. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 01.12. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 15.12. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 19.01. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course is guided by the question of how to actually practice interdisciplinary research as an individual or as a team. The major target group are students of interdisciplinary degree programs and/or students interested in practicing interdisciplinary research. The course may be useful as a companion to an interdisciplinary research project or master's thesis.

The following learning outcomes are targeted:
* knowing the differences between disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge
* knowing basic assumptions, major concepts and epistemological stances of interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge
* ability to follow an interdisciplinary research process
* ability to assess/test the quality of interdisciplinary work
* ability to communicate one’s own interdisciplinary education

The course draws on research on interdisciplinarity and, in particular, on the body of knowledge from the field of interdisciplinary studies developed in the context of teaching interdisciplinary research practice in higher education. It strives to provide guidance and ‘tools’ (e.g., interdisciplinary research process models, recommended strategies, best practices) for drawing on disciplinary insights and for integrating them toward a new or more comprehensive understanding of a complex phenomenon or problem.

The course is designed as a collaborative exploration and critical engagement with the body of knowledge on interdisciplinary research practice via individual/group work, short presentations, discussions, etc. It consists of seven thematic units. Except for the first and last units (online sessions only), all other units consist of two parts: (1) preparatory activities/tasks to be completed in advance via Moodle and (2) a corresponding online session via Zoom (or BigBlueButton) to explore the unit's topic together.

Course Outline:
Unit #1: Welcome & Introduction (online session only)
Unit #2: Interdisciplinarity: Theory & Research Process
Unit #3: Drawing on Disciplinary Insights
Unit #4: Integrating Insights I
Unit #5: Integrating Insights II
Unit #6: Assessing the Quality & Communicating Results of Interdisciplinary Work
Unit #7: Round-Up, Reflection & Feedback (online session only)

Assessment and permitted materials

A point system is used for the assessment. See details below.
All relevant course material will be provided via Moodle.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To pass the course it is required that
* you are successfully registered and accepted for this course
* you are present at the first “Welcome & Introduction” online session (otherwise the place for this course is lost)
* you acquire at least 60 (of 100) points by the end of the course

Course Unit | Associated Points
Unit #1: Welcome & Introduction (online session only) | 0 (but presence required!)
Unit #2: Interdisciplinarity: Theory & Research Process | 18
Unit #3: Drawing on Disciplinary Insights | 18
Unit #4: Integrating Insights I | 18
Unit #5: Integrating Insights II | 18
Unit #6: Assessing the Quality & Communicating Results of Interdisciplinary Work | 18
Unit #7: Round-Up, Reflection & Feedback (online session only) | 10

For units #2-6 you can acquire 18 points per unit:
* 5 points for doing the preparatory activities/tasks (criterion: completeness) +
* 4 points for meeting the deadline(s) for delivering the preparatory activities/tasks (criterion: in time) +
* 9 points for actively participating in the online sessions (criterion: participation)

For unit #7 you can acquire 10 points for actively participating in the online session.

Notice that you may miss one online session without loosing the associated points. However, if you miss (a) further session(s), you also lose the points for the initial session you missed.

Points | Grade
93-100 | sehr gut (1)
83-92 | gut (2)
72-82 | befriedigend (3)
60-71 | genügend (4)
0-59 | nicht genügend (5)

By registering for this course, you agree that the automated plagiarism check software Turnitin will check all written performances submitted by you (in Moodle).

Examination topics

See above.

Reading list

The main topics covered in this course are based on the following texts:

Augsburg, T. (2016). Becoming interdisciplinary: An introduction to interdisciplinary studies (3rd ed.). Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Bammer, G. (2013). Disciplining interdisciplinarity: Integration and implementation sciences for researching complex real-world problems. ANU Press.

Bergmann, M., Jahn, T., Knobloch, T., Krohn, W., Pohl, C., Schramm, E., & Klein, J. T. (2012). Methods for transdisciplinary research: A primer for practice (R. C. Faust, Trans.). Campus Verlag.

Frodeman, R. (2014). Sustainable knowledge: A theory of interdisciplinarity. Palgrave Macmillan.

Frodeman, R., Klein, J. T., & Pacheco, R. C. D. S. (Eds.). (2017). The Oxford handbook of interdisciplinarity (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

Hvidtfeldt, R. (2018). The structure of interdisciplinary science. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lury, C., Fensham, R., Heller-Nicholas, A., Lammes, S., Last, A., Michael, M., & Uprichard, E. (Eds.). (2018). Routledge handbook of interdisciplinary research methods. Routledge.

Lyall, C., Bruce, A., Tait, J., & Meagher, L. (2011). Interdisciplinary research journeys: Practical strategies for capturing creativity. Bloomsbury Academic.

Menken, S., & Keestra, M. (Eds.). (2016). An introduction to interdisciplinary research: Theory and practice. Amsterdam University Press.

Repko, A. F., & Szostak, R. (2020). Interdisciplinary research: Process and theory (4th ed.). SAGE Publications.

Repko, A. F., Szostak, R., & Buchberger, M. P. (2020). Introduction to interdisciplinary studies (3rd ed.). SAGE Publications.

Post, G., Visser, V., & Buis, J. (2017). Academic skills for interdisciplinary studies. Amsterdam University Press.

Tromp, C. (2018). Wicked philosophy: Philosophy of science and vision development for complex problems. Amsterdam University Press.

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