Courses in Interdisciplinary Studies

Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, in collaboration with the Faculty of Community Services, has designed interdisciplinary courses that will support you in your work as a confident, effective professional in community services.

Interdisciplinary courses have the following characteristics:

  1. The instructors have been selected because of their experience in the community and academically with a variety of disciplinary/professional contexts. The instructors are also a part of ongoing discussions on how to teach in a manner that supports interdisciplinary learning.
  2. The students include a mix from various schools in the Faculty of Community Services and departments in the Faculty of Arts, as well as from the community. This mixture is designed to enhance learning about different professional and disciplinary perspectives regarding the subject being studied.
  3. Learning objectives of the course will reflect the interdisciplinary concepts. By the completion of the course, the students will be able to
    1. articulate their own disciplinary and professional perspective on the subject;
    2. be aware of differing and sometimes contradictory perspectives from other disciplines and professions;
    3. transform their own perspective with a synthesis of these perspectives; and
    4. apply this transformation to their specific practice.
  4. The curriculum (readings, assignments, teaching methodology) is designed to meet these objectives, in addition to the specific subject matter of each course.

Who would find these courses of interest:

Several of these interdisciplinary courses address knowledge and skills related to health promotion and community development. These courses are designed to prepare students to take leadership roles in community development projects locally and internationally. (CINT 900, CINT 904, CINT 911, CINT 912, and CINT 917)

Three of the courses address migration and settlement issues and are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in globalized cities. These courses also enable students to explore potential careers related to migration and to prepare for the graduate program in Immigration and Settlement. (CINT 913, CINT 914, and CINT 915)

Four of the courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to work in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary practice contexts in the community. (CINT 905, CINT 907, CINT 916, and CINT 920) Three of the courses focus on aboriginal knowledges and experiences. (CINT 910, CINT 922, and CINT 923)

The remaining courses are designed to address specific issues in Community Services from an interdisciplinary perspective. They would be of interest to undergraduates who are studying to enter any of the Faculty of Community Services professions, professionals working in the community who have a particular interest in expanding their knowledge, and continuing education students who are taking related certificates and can take these as electives. (CINT 901, CINT 902, CINT 906, and CINT 908)

For More Information

Amy Clements-Cortes, Academic Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies