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The Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Reborn?

ANTF conference, Aston 11/04/17

Raphael Hallett

on 7 June 2017

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Transcript of The Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Reborn?

A new dawn for interdisciplinarity?
Precedents and Reiterations
Prominent Variations on a theme...
Interdisciplinarities in the curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Student / Graduate
Marketing & Recruitment
The Melbourne Model
"Sixth century courses" & interdisciplinarity
UK Curricula: the rhetoric of 'breadth'
An Interdisciplinary College @ Manchester
Institutional 'Broadening' ?
Major - minors and
@ Leicester
what is our distinctive message?
At Open Days
, what
do you give to Interdisciplinary opportunity? What do the attendees seem
The 'Academic Experience' section within 'Study'
Thank you!
Dr Raphael Hallett
Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence

NTF: Dr Raphael Hallett (Leeds)

Format: Workshop (45 minutes)

Title: Designing the Interdisciplinary Curriculum: New trends, new conflicts

Interdisciplinarity is reborn. Again. Once more, UK Higher Education is stimulated by a new wave of interdisciplinary curriculum design and pedagogy. This has seen the revival of programmes and curricula designed to furnish students with 'breadth' and 'discovery': a cross-disciplinary capacity to address not just 'subjects' or 'specialist knowledge' but global challenges, ethical debates and cross-cutting societal issues.

This workshop will look at the rise of UK Liberal Arts degrees in particular, and Raphael Hallett (co-director of Liberal Arts at the University of Leeds) will speculate on the different approaches and pedagogical values that underlie some of the leading innovators in Liberal Arts programme design. He will look at the challenges, as well as rewards, of designing (and recruiting for) such provision.

Participation: An opening survey of LA curriculum design (20 mins) will open up into a participatory discussion (15 minutes) where NTFs from relevant HEIs will be able to 'pitch' and explain their approach to interdisciplinary curriculum design. The final section of the workshop (10 minutes) will concentrate on supporting the student experience on what are often slightly more complex or demanding programmes.

r.hallett@leeds.ac.uk @leedsteaching
How are YOU redesigning Interdisciplinary study?
Designing the Interdisciplinary Curriculum:

New trends, new conflicts

A fresh emphasis on:

'Breadth' of Learning
Interdisciplinary & Combined Degrees

and a

Liberal Arts BOOM

Interdisciplinary curriculum innovation & challenges:

A strategy or an evolution?

Led by curriculum 'engineers' or 'bricoleurs'?

or / and
Mazy journeys, hazy experiences? Supporting the student through interdisciplinary study
Marketing the Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts mantras: Diversity, choice & imagination
"The dominant call for interdisciplinarity has at its core been instrumentalist in orientation...

...particularly the focus on skill building and dealing with the world's current 'grand challenges' "

Victoria Millar,
Interdisciplinary curriculum reform in the changing university.
Teaching in Higher Education 21, 4, 471-483
Bricoleurs... do not rely on a predesigned model to define their course of action.

Primarily, their project relies on resources they have at hand, and solutions emerge from the various combinations which they try out in their creative pcocesses.
The individual's personal and professional networks constitute or provide such bricolage 'repertoire' items...
An engineer assesses the problem and then gathers the resources they expect to need to create a solution. The 'bricoleur' creatres something new out of resources they have at hand and establishes their usefulness by combining them
Severine Louvel;
Understanding change in Higher Education as bricolage,
Higher Education 66 (2013), 669-691
3 types of curriculum design 'bricolage':

1) 'Crafting' a specialised product

2) Amalgamating existing elements

3) Renewing existing programmes
Interdisciplinary Cu
rriculum Design: 'Engineer' v 'Bricoleur'
Traditional and Visionary
Responding to societal issues and controversies
concepts of civic value and citizenship
King's College, London
Graduates as 'Bricoleurs'?
Crafting solutions
and mixing ideas
Digital scholars
Agile methods
Civic / ethical
Re-inventing Liberal Arts
Design Process
Student Experience
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