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C11261v1 Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Learning in Higher Education

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Learning in Higher Education (GradCertTdLrnHEd)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Notes

This course is not offered to international students.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

This course is a direct response to UTS's commitment to support the expansion of transdisciplinary degree programs and subject offerings in the new Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation and across the university. This strategic decision positions UTS at the cutting edge of teaching and learning practice, and opens up new opportunities for collegial collaboration across disciplinary boundaries.

The course takes a transdisciplinary approach to enacting creativity and innovation in curriculum development and teaching in the context of current and new proposals for undergraduate and postgraduate transdisciplinary degree programs, subjects or professional learning opportunities. Participants collaborate in multidisciplinary educational contexts that make powerful linkages with research and industry partnerships. For this reason, the course takes a cohort-based approach to learning, with its three subjects integrated to immerse participants in sustained transdisciplinary practices and future-oriented educational development.

A strong focus on collective learning between students, academics and industry partners shapes the distinctive nature of this program. Participants generate, develop and implement educational proposals that seek to equip students with knowledge, skills, perspectives and strategies to address the open, complex and networked problems, challenges and opportunities in today's world. Participants study transdisciplinary learning in real time, design educational prototypes and test the worth of transdisciplinary practices, techniques and methods in operation.

Career options

The course is designed for current UTS academics or part-time UTS teachers interested in an academic career in transdisciplinary education or looking to progress their career through transdisciplinary initiatives.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Communicate, explore, network and negotiate in ways that extend representation of (disciplinary) ideas or perspectives.
1.2 Examine and trial a range of methods creatively and critically in terms of transdisciplinary learning models and the co-production of knowledge
1.3 Design educational environments tuned to collective experimentation, generativity and reflexivity
1.4 Communicate and integrate with diplomacy to take into account essential stakeholders and create common ground
2.1 Explore the relevance and test the value of concepts, frameworks, methods and theories from different fields of inquiry for gaining insights into collective learning contexts and transdisciplinary systems
2.2 Describe, model and analyse complex collective learning situations from personal, disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to develop an understanding of the dynamic needs, interests and values of different stakeholders
2.3 Consider and integrate findings from problem / context / stakeholder / data analysis in collective, critical and creative ways to generate new possibilities
2.4 Critically examine, test, appreciate and articulate the value of educational initiatives for different stakeholders, whether at a societal, organizational, community or individual level
3.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess educational potential to act creatively and ethically on them
3.2 Engage with and respond respectfully, generatively and analytically to different ways of knowing across community, cultural and environmental contexts to promote agency
3.3 Use principled approaches for designing and developing transdisciplinary initiatives for betterment
3.4 Make educational decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and sensitively to the values of particular individuals, groups, communities, organisations or cultures

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

In addition to the above qualification, applicants need to be full-time or fractional higher education academics at UTS, or casual higher education teachers who can provide evidence of ongoing teaching at UTS during course enrolment (UTS full-time or fractional-time staff are exempt from paying course fees through sponsorship by the university).

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered as a one-year, part-time program. Subjects vary in their modes of offering, but typically involve collaborative sessions in studio mode and intensive learning experiences in block mode, supported by online resources.

Course structure

The course consists of 24 credit points of study, comprising three subjects which must be completed to be eligible for the award.

Course completion requirements

94659 Transdisciplinary Learning Experiences and Models 8cp
94660 Designing for Transdisciplinary Learning: Principles and Practices 8cp
94661 Transdisciplinary Project Development and Research 8cp
Total 24cp

Course program

The following examples show typical part-time programs.

Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
94659 Transdisciplinary Learning Experiences and Models   8cp
Spring session
94660 Designing for Transdisciplinary Learning: Principles and Practices   8cp
Summer session
94661 Transdisciplinary Project Development and Research   8cp
July commencing, part time
Year 1
July session
94659 Transdisciplinary Learning Experiences and Models   8cp
Spring session
94660 Designing for Transdisciplinary Learning: Principles and Practices   8cp
Summer session
94661 Transdisciplinary Project Development and Research   8cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

Dr Tanja Golja
Course director
telephone +61 2 9514 1627