Building Interdisciplinary Degree Programs in Higher Education Institutions in Canada

By:
Dr. Eduardo Canel,
Dr. Viviana R. Patroni,
Dr. Pablo Idahosa,
Prof. Alina Marquez
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York University is Canada's largest liberal arts university. The Division of Social Science is the largest unit in the Faculty of Arts offering to over 4,000 students a diverse curriculum through twelve degree-granting interdisciplinary programs. This workshop will discuss the challenges of building innovative, interdisciplinary programs within the Division, and the partnerships established with disciplinary units that allowed the establishment and growth of Division programs. We will review the evolution of the Division from a small service unit delivering general education courses into a vibrant home unit defined by interdisciplinarity through its very diverse-and sometimes divergent-programs. The workshop will also discuss the institutional strategies and models adopted by the Division to build its programs, identifying academic and institutional strengths and tensions, and suggesting that a framework of institutional flexibility is essential to produce synergy across disciplines/faculties to ensure success.


Keywords: Interdisciplinary Higher Education, Institutional Interdisciplinary Models, Interdisciplinary Degree Programs
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Eduardo Canel

Associate Professor, Division of Social Science
International Development Studies Program
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program
Faculty of Arts, York University

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Dr. Viviana R. Patroni

Associate Professor, Division of Social Science
Director, Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean (CERLAC)
International Development Studies Program
Faculty of Arts, York University

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Dr. Pablo Idahosa

Associate Professor, Division of Social Science
Faculty of Arts, York University

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Prof. Alina Marquez

Special Assistant Professor, Division of Social Science
Centre for Academic Writing
International Development Studies Program
Faculty of Arts, York University

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Ref: I07P0214