Teaching a 'Humanistic' Science: Reflections on Interdisciplinary Course Design at the Post-Secondary Level
AbstractDevelopment of post-secondary curriculum in emerging interdisciplinary fields presents particular challenges in course design and resource utilization, especially when the field is interdisciplinary by nature of its inherent breadth. A new course at the University of Calgary, designed to introduce undergraduate students to the methods and philosophy of Acoustic Ecology --- the study of sound and its effects on health, cognition and culture -- exemplifies both the challenges and some practical solutions. Following a brief history of the concept and its philosophy, a summary and critique is presented from the first offering of the course as a pilot project. Conclusions drawn include the necessity of an integrative approach to interdisciplinary fields of study that are true 'interdisciplines', the utility of experiential fieldwork, and the advantages presented by a student group with diverse academic backgrounds.
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Epstein, M. (1). Teaching a ’Humanistic’ Science: Reflections on Interdisciplinary Course Design at the Post-Secondary Level. Current Issues in Education, 7(4). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/822
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