Oct 03, 2023  
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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ID 100 - Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

This course is designed to introduce you to interdisciplinary thinking, writing, and research. Being interdisciplinary is increasingly significant because professional success is often measured by the ability to solve ever-changing and complex problems. By learning how to make connections and integrate information from multiple sources (the interdisciplinary perspective), you will be better able to approach these problems with confidence and knowledge.

Beginning with the history of interdisciplinary studies (IDS), each consecutive lesson helps you foster interdisciplinary traits and approach problems, questions, or needs by connecting multiple perspectives and applying them to your thinking, writing, and research. You will learn to articulate the nature and value of interdisciplinary thinking as you move toward your final paper, the literature review. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be prepared for advanced interdisciplinary study.

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to do the following:

·      Identify the traits and skills characteristic of interdisciplinary thinking.

·      Explain the difference between disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to learning and constructing knowledge.

·      Recognize the value of the interdisciplinary approach in personal and career development.

·      Reflect upon the “Toolkit” that interdisciplinary studies fosters.

·      Critically analyze disciplinary literature for interdisciplinary purposes.

·      Apply the Broad Model Rubric to research and writing processes.

Credits: 3 credits

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