- Thinking beyond the boundaries of one’s own discipline / holistic thinking
- Empathizing and recognizing other worldviews
- Knowing yourself and discovering for yourself what transdisciplinarity is
- Framing and re-framing societal challenges from multiple perspectives
- Expanding, translating, and communicating insights / learnings in a heterogenous team
- Managing (small) group work and expectations
The aim of this module is to introduce students to transdisciplinary ways of working. Though workshops, games, and mini-lectures, students will get familiar with key concepts and principles of working with people from various disciplinary backgrounds. The emphasis is on developing a reflective practice and gaining an in-depth understanding of the goals and values that shape each discipline, and with that, to understand the contribution of different disciplines to transdisciplinary work.
The following topics will be discussed:
RELATION TO OTHER MODULES
- Values, methods, and practices that shape disciplines
- Theories, principles, and experiences that shape worldviews
- Various types and methods of reflective practice
- Conflict recognition and management within and between team members in heterogenous teams
This module is the first module of Transdisciplinary Master-Insert on Shaping Responsible Futures. Learnings from this module will be implemented in groupwork in all other modules in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, with a particular contribution to the Systems Thinking module. Change Making module in the 3rd quarter further builds on the learnings from the Transdisciplinary Working module through a focus on personal (vs. disciplinary) aspects of working.
FORM OF EDUCATION
Mainly practicals (i.e., 1 or ½ day workshops) combined with mini-lectures, discussion hours, feedback sessions, and self-study hours. Apart from participating in in-class activities, students will work individually on their personal development plans and on a group assignment in which they will define and apply transdisciplinary ways of working. The assessment is on a pass/fail basis.
First module of the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert on Shaping Responsible Futures. Will be taught 2 weeks full-time (5 days a week) and 4 weeks part-time (1 day a week).