Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
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Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
Today’s world demands going beyond the limits of specialized knowledge. Effective global citizens need to be able to understand the multidimensional aspects of the many challenges we face.
As a small, multidisciplinary academic community, Luther College at the University of Regina is dedicated to providing an educational environment that helps students to understand complex issues from a variety of perspectives, and to gain practical skills that equip them to use their university education in the service of society.
Luther professors have interdisciplinary research programs and many Luther courses take an interdisciplinary approach.
Luther IDS courses:
- Are open to ALL University of Regina students - these are U of R courses
- Are 3-credit hour courses and fit within most degrees
- Explore specific topics from multiple perspectives - they catch what can fall through the gaps in other courses
- Use a flexible and open classroom environment - discussions, projects, unique assignments
- Emphasize practical experiences and skills
Interdisciplinary Studies: Historical Issues
Caring for Planet Earth; Understanding the Middle East; Recognizing the Rights of All People; Determining Social Roles for Men and Women; Responding to New Technologies: while many of these issues are common for us in the 21st century, people have been trying to solve them for over 300 years. This course will examine these and other so-called contemporary issues by placing them within their historical context, beginning in the 18th century and continuing through to today, and by studying what political thinkers, essayists, and even poets, novelists, and artists of the past had to say about these issues. We will look at how the world-views of our ancestors have shaped the world we live in today, with the hope that by understanding the past we are not condemned to repeat it. Some guest speakers will be invited to offer in-depth consideration of some of these issues.
Interdisciplinary Studies - Laura Ambrose
Winter 2018, Tuesday & Thursday - 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
This course will examine topics of critical interest in the 21st Century: religious diversity, social constructions of identity, consumer choices, sustainable livelihoods, and current environmental issues. We will explore ideas about locating ourselves and developing agency in a changing and challenging world. Developing communication and research skills is a focus. Coordinated by one faculty member, this course draws on the expertise of instructional faculty from different disciplines. Community service learning through volunteer work (approximately 12 hours for the semester) will complement the academic component of this course. All course work is experiential and project based.
Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations: Cornerstones of Society
The voluntary sector in Canada has $75 billion in revenue, is found in every community, is constantly evolving, has thousands of paid staff, draws on millions of volunteer hours every year, and is a central pillar of our caring and democratic country. Yet interestingly, this sector is often invisible. This interdisciplinary course is guaranteed to expand students' horizons and offer many surprises. The following topics will be explored: theories about why the sector exists and why this should matter to us all; how organizations blend both paid staff and volunteers to get the work done; the ups and downs in their relationships with governments; the structure and diversity of types of organizations; their multiple functions and roles in society; financing and funding; how these organizations measure the immeasurable in order to know they're having an impact; and social innovation including new hybrid forms that blend private and voluntary sector models. Guest speakers and real world problems are the focus. The course focuses on Saskatchewan specifically and Canada generally.
Ecomuseums: Community Engagement for Sustainability - Dr. Glenn Sutter
An ecomuseum is a locally-led organization that can help a community come together to explore, interpret and preserve its heritage in multifaceted and dynamic ways, to promote sustainable development. This course will examine ecomuseums in other countries and facilitate the development of an emerging ecomuseum in central Saskatchewan.