The classes of the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering are designed to help students develop a better understanding of our world, find truth, and open up new paths. This class explores how to integrate knowledge and techniques from different disciplines for approaching social issues. It introduces theoretical models and methods for constructing multiple narratives without being constrained by a single perspective. This course helps to increase the capacity to paraphrase, integrate, and articulate what is necessary for transdisciplinary science and engineering by exposing students to hybrid process through projects.
The students will acquire the skills to design research activities that will bring about social change, while looking at things from a variety of perspectives. You will also develop the flexibility to make adjustments to your projects as needed, while keeping in mind the conditions and constraints imposed by global environmental issues and the diversity of values in different regions and cultures. Through discussions, exercises and games, the students will learn how to organically combine their knowledge in specific projects and problem-solving processes, and will be able to apply the skills of becoming hybrid process to their own research and thinking.
|✔ Applicable||How instructors' work experience benefits the course|
|The first half of the course will be taught in an omnibus format by several lecturers, one of whom, Dr. Salani, has rich practical experience as an engineering consultant. He will provide guidance both from an academic and business standpoint on the aspects of the field where integrated design, the multifaceted knowledge and skills are required.|
hybrid process, social issue, narrative, transdisciplinarity
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The course consists of lectures and exercises that teach theories and skills for thinking with different perspectives, as well as group work projects.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction to transdisciplinary desing Case Study 1: Safety, culture and communication under Covid 19 crisis by Prof Kayoko Nohara||Learning how to translate the target|
|Class 2||Case Study 2: AI, humans and ethics- who decides? by Dr István Zárdai||Rational systematisation|
|Class 3||Case Study 3: Delivering value to clients: designing public spaces by Dr Giorgio Salani||Learning the functions of quantitative/qualitative approach|
|Class 4||Case Study 4: ICT guidelines for students with learning difficulties by Dr Xinru Zhu||Responding to individual needs at computing|
|Class 5||Case Study 5: AI, humans and norm by Dr István Zárdai||reflective equilibrium etc.|
|Class 6||Project: Creating your hybrid process||Preparing for the presentation|
|Class 7||Project presentations||-|
Students are encouraged to refer to the course material/references indicated in the course.
For reference only:
Kayoko Nohara (2004) Translation Studies in Discussions 『ディスカッションで学ぶ翻訳学』, Sanseido 三省堂 among others.
Contribution in discussions and preparation, creativity and originality in final output.
Ability to understand lectures and to discuss in English.