2021 Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research (Global) 

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Nohara Kayoko 
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Course description and aims

In this period of once-in-a-century change, the question is how to incorporate and integrate the demands and challenges of the new era for the world. In order to do this, we need to build on the effective knowledge and experience of the past and break new ground. The aim of the project is to overcome the old ways of understanding each other (exchange, fusion), to expand the stage of ideas (cross-border) without being confined to a field or specialty, and to achieve mutual sympathy and social realization (in terms of social implementation, information transmission, mass media).
The guest speaker will be Heather Barnett from Central London School of Art and Design, and together we will consider how to look at things scientifically and artistically, focusing on the theory and practice of Art & Science.

Student learning outcomes

You will learn ways of thinking and various sources of information- in particular “how to activate one’s own thinking and actions to achieve fusion”.Specifically, bringing together knowledge from science, technological fields with art, design, communication theory, history and social sciences, we will provide case studies on the creative process for new discoveries and topics, so you can apply these yourself.

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Heather Barnett is a professional artist who has an abundant experiences of creative practice.


transdiscipline, technology, media, art, society

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Fragmentation of knowledge is a contemporary problem in communication. You will learn how to create your own narrative our of necessary elements to share your ideas with people from diverse backgrounds.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: re-thinking transdisciplinarity theories + open discussion. How to translate (or interpret) something from fresh perspectives    using various methods/tools. Art and Science methods analysis. Exercise on Miro board
Class 2 Trans/disciplinary methods analysis: Transdisciplinary projects/artworks are selected and described. Students work in small groups to identify the methods related to the work and plot them on a matrix (with some research activity online). Exercise on Miro board
Class 3 Observing, hacking and translating natural phenomona. Exercise on Miro board
Class 4 Forced Connections exercise: connecting 3 elements (e.g. science/art/context) Thought experiment in creative thinking. Exercise on Miro board
Class 5 Points of convergence in history, examples of transdisciplinary thinking/doing. preparing for group presentation
Class 6 Group work: trying more thinking tools and devices. preparing for group presentation
Class 7 Student presentations of proposed projects from Forced Connections exercise and evaluation. -



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reference will be indicated at class

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluating attendance, performance, discussion and final project

Related courses

  • LAW.X401 : Science Communication for Global Talents - Overseas Programme
  • TSE.C314 : Environment and Society
  • LAW.X314 : Editorial Designing in the Media
  • LAW.X315 : Science & Engineering Design for Global Talents -Overseas Programme

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

Communication in English


In person, but may change to online according to the Covid 19 situation.

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