2020 Introduction to Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Abe Naoya  Chiba Satoshi  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 Department in both 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
4) Explain the basics of research ethics to 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, 1st group work (topics from FACTFULNESS) Read the handout by the next class
Class 2 Group discussions (1) on the topics from FACTFULNESS TBA
Class 3 1st group presentation on the topics from FACTFULNESS TBA
Class 4 Lecture and discussion on what TSE department is aiming to realize in education and research. 2nd group work topic is presented (technology + something) Read the handout by the next class
Class 5 2nd group discussion on technology + something TBA
Class 6 2nd group discussion on technology + something TBA
Class 7 Lecture on research ethics TBA

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

FACTFULLNESS, Hans Rosling with Ola ROsling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund, SCEPTRE, 2018
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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