November 17, 2017
Writer: Alex Brown
IDS290R explores the world of interdisciplinarity and empowers students to own their future and navigate through an Interdisciplinary Studies degree -- and life.
IDS290R was created to to show how interdisciplinarity can provide new solutions for problems, Kevin Brower, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, said.
According to Brother Brower, one of the main reasons the course was created was to help IDS majors manage their dreams and passions and learn skills they can apply in their interdisciplinary career path.
"IDS is not major centric" Brother Brower said. "It's skill centric."
IDS290R prepares IDS students for a significant capstone experience, internships, and life success. The course will also use disruptive innovation and design thinking to solve interdisciplinary problems by examining laws, arts, and clues.
Team based learning, not group work, is a large part of the course, according to Brower. Students are assigned to teams that will be permanent throughout the semester and will contribute to the "laboratory of disciplines brought together".
IDS290R will also help students prepare for IDS 499, the required capstone experience, which requires students to create demonstrable artifacts of their interdisciplinarity. The course also teaches students how to find and prepare for internships that combine disciplines.
IDS290R will be piloted during Winter Semester 2018. The course will be taught by Brother Brower, in Kirkham 203 from 3:15 - 4:45, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.