Home / 302: Integration Skills

Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses: 302

IDS 302 Integration Skills

Course Description

Develops integrative skills to create new understandings, models, products and ideas.

Prerequisites for IDS 302:

Prerequisite(s): Interdisciplinary Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies (Organizational Studies) major; IDS 201 or 301 with C or better


IDS 302 Spring 2020 Course Topics:

Integrative Thinking
This online accelerated course will help you develop thinking skills that are associated with interdisciplinary studies: analytical thinking, divergent thinking, new territory thinking and synthesis. You will be practicing, applying and integrating these different types of thinking through multiple thinking exercises, discussion board posts and two integrative papers.

Interdisciplinary Inquiry Skills
This topic explores interdisciplinarity and integration as applied to various approaches of inquiry. The course emphasizes the value and importance of the intersection between multiple methods and interdisciplinary thinking in designing and conducting research. Students will develop knowledge of multiple research methods (qualitative and quantitative), the role of existing literature, how to design and structure investigation, and how different disciplines use different approaches to inquiry. Students will apply research methods through primary research, analysis, and reflection. All of this is done with a clear understanding of the ethics of research and the philosophical and sociological foundations of research, especially in the context of interdisciplinary studies.

Science, Philosophy & Religion
Science, philosophy, and religion have had a long and often contested relationship with each other, as a result of competing over the same big question - What is most real, and how do we know? What are the claims made by science, philosophy, and religion about the nature of reality? What does reality “look” like through each of their eyes? What constitutes evidence in each? What are the shortcomings of each? Are each required to fully realize human flourishing? Students will examine their competing perspectives on what is real and how we know, and will explore the problems that arise due to an incomplete world view. The ultimate goal is to imagine a way forward, integrating the best that science, philosophy, and religion have to offer.

Integrative Ethnographic Mthds: Photog/Wrtng/Media

Here we integrate the ethnographical tools of photography (including video and other visual methods), writing (including journaling, poetry, narrative, and other types of writing), and other media (like music, spoken word, sound) to explore the world around us. Specifically we introduce each type separately, then fuse them together to study a phenomenon of each group’s choosing.