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Interdisciplinary Problems and Methods

Course Content

Course Content

Whilst problems provide the framework for the course, it’s the focused knowledge of core academic disciplines and research methods that will give you the ability to tackle them.

The course is designed to give you an understanding of a variety of knowledge areas including data science, sociology, ethics, international relations, psychology, design-thinking, sustainability, history, machine learning, and new media. That being said, it’s important to think beyond silos. The world is not divided into subjects and neither is this programme. Instead, you will learn how to bring together the most important knowledge areas from each discipline - relevant to the problem at hand - using research methods to make connections and find new solutions.

Real-world problems

Through working on real-world problems, you will draw upon both research methods and knowledge areas.

See example problems

LIS students will develop...

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Deep
knowledge

Superconcepts, like evolution, entropy, and post-modernism, are powerful tools for any polymath. They are just one of the tools you will use to go beyond the constraints of subject silos. Originating in a single discipline, superconcepts traverse disciplinary boundaries - often blossoming in disciplines far removed from their initial genesis. Consider evolution. Evolution, originating from biology, is now found in psychology, game theory, history, ecology, environmental science, computer science, new media...

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Research methods

Research methods allow you to produce your own knowledge as well as critique knowledge gained in a wide variety of disciplines. In an age where factual knowledge is immediately easy to come by, the value of generating your own knowledge is greatly increased. By studying a range of qualitative tools (e.g. videography and ethnography), as well as key quantitative methods (e.g. machine learning and data science), you will be well-positioned to do research in your own areas of interest and the areas of interest to outside organisations.

03

Practical skills for the future of work

It is no longer enough to simply graduate with a 2:1. You need to graduate with the skills employers are looking for - skills you will actually use in the workplace. We will open the doors to our network and give you access to some of the UK's most prestigious employers. We will teach you how to communicate effectively across disciplinary boundaries so you can deliver genuinely useful work to a variety of audiences in written, oral, and graphic form. Not only this, but you'll recognise and have a nuanced understanding of any ethical issues associated with your work. The organisations in our network are excited to meet you!

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Knowledge you can transfer

Transferable skills. Often talked about but rarely explained. At LIS, your learning and development will extend beyond the constraints of a traditional lecture theatre. We will encourage you to be hungry for knowledge and to demonstrate an independence of mind. Your third-year Capstone research project will be a good opportunity to demonstrate this. Here, you will work on a real-world scenario to dissect a complex problem before drawing upon your previous learnings to propose a solution.

Programme
Structure

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

Please note the programme and module structure below is indicative and likely to change (including the module names). The details below give you a flavour of what you may study during your first year at LIS. We will be sharing further module information for years 2 and 3 shortly.

Problems Ia

18 credits

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Problems Ib

18 credits

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Problems Ic

24 credits

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Quantitative Methods Ia: Thinking Like a Scientist

15 credits

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Quantitative Methods Ib: Introduction to Data Science and Natural Sciences

15 credits

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Qualitative and Visual Methods Ia: Communicating Visually and Verbally

15 credits

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Qualitative and Visual Methods Ib: Hearing and Recounting the Lived Experience

15 credits

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