2021 Transdisciplinary Design Project

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Nohara Kayoko  Abe Naoya 
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

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

  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 -

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

Students are encouraged to refer to the course material/references indicated in the course.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

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.

Assessment criteria and methods

Contribution in discussions and preparation, creativity and originality in final output.

Related courses

  • TSE.C201 : Introduction to Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Ability to understand lectures and to discuss in English.

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