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#SS-03-18 Interdisciplinary Learning: Working Across Disciplines

  • Categories Study Skills
  • Duration 18h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update July 27, 2021

About Course

University of Leeds


Harness the benefits of interdisciplinary study and work

Real life problems are too complex to be solved by a single field of study. That’s why learning to work across different disciplines is a vital skill in our modern society.

On this course, you’ll discover what interdisciplinary learning is and learn how different disciplines develop their own methodologies and language.

You’ll explore how disciplines create and value different types of knowledge, and discover strategies for working in an interdisciplinary environment.

You’ll also learn how to make the most of interdisciplinary work and collaborate effectively in your own areas of practice.


Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

What Will I Learn?

  • Explore how different disciplines have standardised focuses and methods for researching and solving problems.
  • Compare the ways that different disciplines create and discover knowledge, and the type of knowledge they create.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness and applicability of discipline-specific epistemologies to different needs and projects.
  • Reflect on how your understanding of your own discipline changes when you compare it to the principles and methods of other disciplines.

Topics for this course

13 Lessons18h


You will explore different disciplines, consider how approaches, language and methods vary across disciplines, and investigate some of the challenges inherent in interdisciplinary study and work.
Welcome to the course ARTICLE
What is interdisciplinary study and work? ARTICLE

Why do you have to think about disciplines??

Explore how different people approach and think about things differently due to the disciplines in which they study and work.

What is interdisciplinary learning and working??

Explore what it means to learn and work between, or across, disciplines.

How can language be a challenge??

Explore how language and terminology often represent and mask larger differences between approaches and understanding in different disciplines.

How can methodology be a challenge??

Explore how different disciplines examine problems, build knowledge and establish facts in very different ways.


To close this lesson, reflect on the topics covered.

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is designed for those preparing for a joint honours degree or an interdisciplinary degree at undergraduate or masters level.
  • It will also be useful for academic researchers undertaking research in new areas or professionals working on projects with people from different disciplines.
  • This course is part of the skills courses portfolio at the University of Leeds that is designed to improve students’ academic study skills.