Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Engaging in interdisciplinary studies is a powerful learning experience for students because they are able to learn through making connections between ideas and concepts from across different disciplines.

Advances in technology, coupled with political, economic, and social shifts both nationally and globally have transformed the nature of work and learning. The focus on 21st-century skills ensures that this course is responsive to individual learners and develops important and transferable skills that will be valuable within the workplace or future studies.

This course promotes interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches. Students complete an inquiry that has a purpose, product or outcome. They develop the ability to engage with a process, question sources of information, make effective decisions, consider ethical implications, evaluate their own progress, be innovative and solve problems.

This course enables students to:
  • synthesise, analyse and evaluate ideas, methodologies, concepts, issues and knowledge
  • apply ethical frameworks that underpin relevant disciplines
  • plan and develop research projects
  • reflect on the learning process
  • demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills
  • build on and connect, concepts and skills from diverse disciplines
  • use inquiry and research methods from diverse disciplines to identify problems and to research solutions
  • use critical and creative thinking skills to synthesise methodologies and insights from a variety of disciplines
  • demonstrate collaboration and build mentoring relationships within the community
  • apply creative and innovative solutions to real-life contexts.
The organisation of content:
  1. Communication Inquiry
  2. Creativity & Innovation Inquiry
  3. Critical thinking Inquiry
  4. Collaboration Inquiry
  5. Negotiated Study

Students will complete inquiries that have a purpose, product or outcome. They develop the ability to engage with a process, question sources of information, make effective decisions, consider ethical implications, evaluate their own progress, be innovative and solve problems.

The focus on skills within these units allows for students to direct their inquiries through teacher guidance and expertise from across the school. Students can learn how to transfer capabilities such as the research process, information management, critical thinking, creativity, effective team building, leadership, and collaborative decision making and will communicate with a diverse range of people.

“Some of the big challenges that we face, both societal and scientific, are just not solvable by people sitting in their single-discipline silos – bringing those disciplines together in the long term is what provides the big, big breakthroughs.”

-Kedar Pandya, Engineer

“Leonardo da Vinci, the defining Renaissance man and perhaps the greatest intersectionalist of all times, believed that in order to fully understand something one needed to view it from at least three different perspectives.”

- Frans Johansson , The Medici Effect