University of Technology Sydney

C11335v1 Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Learning

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Learning (GradCertTdLearn)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City Campus Distance

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

Overview

How do we educate people for a rapidly changing, uncertain and complex world? What kind of education futures do we want to make?

The Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Learning is for educators, learning professionals and education leaders who want to think differently about the education and professional learning challenges we face, whether in the education sector (schools, TAFE, universities), industry, public sector or community. By reimagining education as transdisciplinary, the course explores the generative potential of collectives and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. Participants study transdisciplinary learning as it occurs in real-time, reframe problems and trial problem solving approaches, develop educational prototypes and design inquiry, all in the process of testing the worth of transdisciplinary practices, methods and strategies in operation. With its focus on collective learning, the course engages participants in designing learning opportunities that prepare young people and professionals for dealing creatively, critically and ethically with ambiguous challenges.

Designed with busy professionals in mind, the course provides a range of flexible learning pathways to suit individual needs. Self-paced, fully online small credit-point subjects (also offered as microcredentials) provide participants with mentoring opportunities to probe transdisciplinary learning approaches in the context of their own practice and collegial communities. In the studio subjects, participants contribute to immersive, online collaborative sessions. They work on small-scale challenge projects and generate novel, actionable educational proposals or experiments that can enable individuals, teams, communities and industries to flourish into the future. The lab subject connects participants with live research projects centred on educational or professional learning initiatives and collective action.

Through integrating practices, creative methods and inquiry approaches from diverse sectors, professional fields and disciplines, the Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Learning engages participants broadly in transdisciplinary professional learning experiences. In offering flexible learning pathways, participants can pursue interests and challenges within their professional context and tackle those priorities, all while interacting with and contributing to a vibrant learning collective of researchers, industry partners, communities and cross-sector practitioners.

Career options

The course is designed for educators, learning professionals and education leaders working in education sector (schools, TAFE, universities), industry, public sector, community or other settings who are responsible for learning provision or teaching, designing professional learning or leading educational initiatives to address challenges or leverage emerging opportunities.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Communicate, explore, examine, network and negotiate in ways that extend representation of ideas or perspectives
1.2 Imagine, design and trial transdisciplinary learning environments that promote collective experimentation, generativity and reflexivity
1.3 Critically examine, test, analyse and appreciate the value of transdisciplinary initiatives for different stakeholder-learners, whether at a societal, organisational, community or individual level
2.1 Explore the relevance and test the value of frameworks, approaches and methods from different fields of inquiry for gaining insights into collective learning contexts and systems
2.2 Describe, synthesise and model collective learning situations using various inquiry methods and critically appraising them from different philosophical and theoretical perspectives
3.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively, ethically and strategically on them
3.2 Use principled approaches for designing and developing transdisciplinary initiatives, taking into account their moral and cultural dimensions including indigenous knowledge
3.3 Make educational decisions that advocate for engaging ethically and sensitively to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures and promoting agency

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 required academic qualifications, applicants need to have at least of 2 years full time (or equivalent) work experience.

Applicants who do not satisfy the minimum admission requirements listed above may be deemed eligible for admission if they:

  • have successful completed at least two microcredential subjects that are core in the Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Learning course.

AND

  • have sufficient knowledge and capabilities in learning the course.

To support their application, those applicants must provide a one page Personal Statement outlining their interest in the course as well as evidence of prior learning and demonstrated capabilities.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or 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.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a one-year part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points made up of 9 credit points of core subjects and 15 credit points of stream choice.

Course completion requirements

STM91566 Transdisciplinary Learning core subjects 9cp
CBK92020 Stream choice 15cp
Total 24cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical part-time program.

August commencing, part time
Year 1
August session
94750 Transdisciplinary Learning for Change   3cp
September Session
94751 Transformational Learning Studio   3cp
October session
94753 Designing Regenerative Futures Studio   3cp
November Session
94755 Entrepreneurial Learning and Experimenting Studio   3cp
Summer session
94756 Living Learning Lab   6cp
Year 2
March session
94752 Design Provocations and Transdisciplinary Prototyping   3cp
May session
94754 Transdisciplinary Interventions and Initiatives: Beyond Impact   3cp
March commencing, part time
Year 1
March session
94750 Transdisciplinary Learning for Change   3cp
April Session
94751 Transformational Learning Studio   3cp
May session
94752 Design Provocations and Transdisciplinary Prototyping   3cp
June Session
94753 Designing Regenerative Futures Studio   3cp
August session
94754 Transdisciplinary Interventions and Initiatives: Beyond Impact   3cp
September Session
94755 Entrepreneurial Learning and Experimenting Studio   3cp
October session
94756 Living Learning Lab   6cp

Other information

Further information is available from:
UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS www.ask.uts.edu.au