Teaching a 'Humanistic' Science: Reflections on Interdisciplinary Course Design at the Post-Secondary Level

  • Marcia Jenneth Epstein University of Calgary

Abstract

Development 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.

Author Biography

Marcia Jenneth Epstein, University of Calgary
Dr. Marcia Jenneth Epstein is a cultural historian, musicologist and musician with an interest in the effects of sound and music on health and culture. She teaches in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary, and serves as an adjunct professor for the faculties of Environmental Design and Nursing.
How to Cite
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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