2021 Emerging Insights in Science and Art

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Hara Masahiko  Heather Barnett  Nohara Kayoko 
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Intensive (前半はオンライン、後半は対面)  
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Course description and aims

There is increased recognition, within research, education and industry, of the benefits of transdisciplinarity, bringing different expertise together to tackle the complex problems of our time. Skills such as creativity, criticality and imagination are vital to the development of positive futures in social and technological terms. In this short project-based course, students will explore different modes of thinking, connecting science and art, and expand their field of experience in experimentation and communication. The course is designed to engage students from different cultural, linguistic and disciplinary backgrounds in discussion. In the final session students will present their research findings to the group.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand some concepts of STEAM (integration of art within science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and explain modes of transdisciplinarity between art and science
2) Demonstrate some skills in observation, ideation and communication through creative exercises and project development
3) Make a creative response to some socio-technical issues working in collaboration with others
4) Communicate with students from other cultures, ages and academic fields

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
Experienced in science & art hybrid practice


Art and science, transdisciplinary, STEAM, cross-cultural, creative thinking, criticality, society, emerging insights

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Classes 1-3 will be delivered online, supported with a Miro board for individual and group work. Classes 4-7 will be delivered in person and include 2 site visits to cultural venues to critically evaluate transdisciplinary works. Classes will combine short presentations and small-scale exercises to develop skills and understanding of transdisciplinary ways of working. Students will conduct a collaborative project to test and develop ideas. Each class will review of progress so far and build on previous knowledge. The class is in an active-learning style focusing on participation of all members.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to the course and setting themes - introducing terms, giving examples, pooling disciplines, short exercise Understand the integration of art and science and different ways it manifests in research and culture
Class 2 Case studies of art and science - presentation and interpretation, map themes and questions arising, introduce project brief Explain intentions and methods of examples discussed and bring in own interpretations. Generate initial ideas in response to the brief.
Class 3 Project development and group formation - creative thinking to generate ideas, development and task setting Use tools learned to develop ideas and potential directions.
Class 4 Site visit #1 - Visit a cultural venue with planned activity (venue to be confirmed) Observe and interpret artworks or artefacts that integrate art and science.
Class 5 Project development - Supervised group work to develop project ideas Critically evaluate own group’s performance and prioritise activities.
Class 6 Site visit #2 - Visit a cultural venue with planned activity (venue to be confirmed) Observe and interpret artworks or artefacts that integrate art and science.
Class 7 Presentations and reflection - Presentations by students followed by Q&A and reflection session Respond to presentations with appropriate questions. Critically evaluate own group’s performance and offer feedback to others.


Reference books, course materials, etc.

Presentation material will be made available for student’s reference. Online resources (key art/science or STEAM resources) will be provided during sessions.

Assessment criteria and methods

Active participation in group activities according to role (40%) Submission of a short video documenting the process (30%), a short reflective comment report (30%)

Related courses

  • TSE.C317 : Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research:theory and practice
  • LAW.X314 : Editorial Designing in the Media

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

Ability to communicate and discuss in English.


Online (9, 16, 23 December)  
In person (12, 13, 19, 20 January)

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