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From a multidisciplinary to an interdisciplinary curriculum: a case study of curriculum innovation

From a multidisciplinary to an interdisciplinary curriculum: a case study of curriculum innovation
From a multidisciplinary to an interdisciplinary curriculum: a case study of curriculum innovation
The HE curriculum tends to be highly discipline-based, designed to deliver a set of subject-based outcomes. Research, on the other hand, is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary in nature, but learning and teaching often fails to keep pace. The University of Southampton’s Education Strategy sets out an aspiration to transform education by providing a more flexible, personalised experience for students. This was embodied in a Curriculum Innovation Programme designed to expand choice for students whilst maintaining disciplinary rigour. This paper reports on this experience, exploring the steps taken to create space within a three-year undergraduate curriculum to allow greater freedom of choice for students. The initiative also entailed the development and promotion of a range of new interdisciplinary modules, and the paper outlines the process of change required for these to become embedded in the curriculum. Phase 2 of the programme is moving towards the introduction of a new layer of flexibility
Smith, Peter
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Smith, Peter
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Smith, Peter (2013) From a multidisciplinary to an interdisciplinary curriculum: a case study of curriculum innovation. International Conference on Enhancement in Education, United Kingdom. 11 - 13 Jun 2013.

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The HE curriculum tends to be highly discipline-based, designed to deliver a set of subject-based outcomes. Research, on the other hand, is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary in nature, but learning and teaching often fails to keep pace. The University of Southampton’s Education Strategy sets out an aspiration to transform education by providing a more flexible, personalised experience for students. This was embodied in a Curriculum Innovation Programme designed to expand choice for students whilst maintaining disciplinary rigour. This paper reports on this experience, exploring the steps taken to create space within a three-year undergraduate curriculum to allow greater freedom of choice for students. The initiative also entailed the development and promotion of a range of new interdisciplinary modules, and the paper outlines the process of change required for these to become embedded in the curriculum. Phase 2 of the programme is moving towards the introduction of a new layer of flexibility

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Published date: June 2013
Venue - Dates: International Conference on Enhancement in Education, United Kingdom, 2013-06-11 - 2013-06-13
Organisations: Economics

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Local EPrints ID: 383102
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/383102
PURE UUID: 08ef6e6a-68bc-4a3a-948b-5f86baaf9ac7

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Date deposited: 06 Nov 2015 14:44
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 20:15

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Author: Peter Smith

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