Introduction of Interdisciplinary Teaching: Two Case Studies

TitleIntroduction of Interdisciplinary Teaching: Two Case Studies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSpitzer, H
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination1451 - 1454
Date Published12/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsENGINEERING , ethics , ethics courses , SCIENCE
AbstractInterdisciplinary courses on science, engineering and society have been successfully established in two cases, at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, and at the University of Hamburg, Germany. In both cases there were institutional and perceptual barriers that had to be overcome in the primarily disciplinary departments. The ingredients of success included a clear vision of interdisciplinary themes and didactics, and the exploitation of institutional opportunities. Haldun M. Ozaktas in Ankara used the dynamics of an accreditation process to establish courses on engineering and society. At the University of Hamburg the introduction of optional courses into all curricula allowed for the establishment of a seminar series on physics and society, as well as on peace education and peace building. Both of these approaches have a weakness in common: the courses can disappear once their initiators have left, unless the interdisciplinary themes are integrated into compulsory core curricula.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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