2018 Introduction to Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Abe Naoya  Nadaoka Kazuo  Chiba Satoshi  Yoshikawa Kunio  Yamaguchi Shinobu  Nohara Kayoko  Murayama Takehiko  Hope Tom  Takahashi Fumitake  Nakamura Takashi 
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Course description and aims

This course aims to provide the overall goal and curriculum structure of the Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering undergraduate major and then to carry out group work among the registered students in order to understand the significance of the transdisciplinary approach, as well as acquire the basic skills to engage in transdisciplinary approach.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand and explain the principle of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering in terms of education and research
2) Acquire the basic skills to design and implement projects applying the transdisciplinary approach to tackle today's complicated social issues.
3)Obtain the skills for group-work with others


Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, Transdiscilinary approach, SDGs,

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course will consist of lectures, group work and discussions, and group-presentations.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to this course, Susstainable Development Goals (SDGs) TBA
Class 2 Survey and group discussions (1) on SDGs TBA
Class 3 Group presentation on SDGs TBA
Class 4 Engineering Systems, Great Technology, Group discussion on “great technology” TBA
Class 5 Group discussion on “great technology” (1) TBA
Class 6 Group discussion on “great technology” (2) TBA
Class 7 Survey and group discussions for Case Study 2 TBA
Class 8 Summary and reflection of this course TBA



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Livirer L. De Weck, Daniel Roos, Christopher L. Magee, Engineering Systems Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological World, MIT Press

Assessment criteria and methods

Group-work presentations (50%)
Individual reports (50%)

Related courses

  • TSE.C202 : System Design Project
  • TSE.C203 : Social Design Project
  • TSE.C303 : Project Management

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