Inter-Relationships Among Disciplines
The complexities of real-world problems offer challenges that cross disciplinary boundaries. Thus it is essential that students understand what disciplines have to offer (the types of problems they deal with, their approaches to problem solving, their tools) and learn to make connections among and between disciplines.
Courses with a focus on interrelationships among disciplines address the following components:
- The course materials explicitly draw from multiple disciplines and identify the need for and value of this material in the context of the broader issue being examined.
- Discussion and evaluation of the relationships among various disciplines is an explicit component of the course.
- Examination of the tools used by disciplines to advance knowledge and how these same tools are applied in different ways (e.g. computers, models, analytical equipment).