To examine a controversy or from two or more distinct disciplines
To provide an interdisciplinary conclusion or solution
To build critical inquiry skills by examining a controversy or problem by using various research methods
To integrate and synthesize insights from two or more disciplines
About the Research Project
What your final Research Project should do: using the IR assignments as inspiration and brainstorming documents, produce a paper that summarizes, analyzes, and produces a solution to your problem that is truly interdisciplinary in nature. This project is intended for you to write about and apply your interdisciplinarity to a subject that you have a sincere interest and developing expertise in to a real-world situation. The project will give you the opportunity to find and explore a limited, focused, researchable, interdisciplinary controversy or problem and, through your research, to create new connections on many levels incorporating your disciplines. You need to explore relevant literature and incorporate your observational research (if you do that part of the project), as well as developing your understanding of interdisciplinary research through your IR Assignments, which can be rewritten for inclusion in the paper. In addition, you need to summarize your research in a multimedia presentation in order to demonstrate that you can succinctly capture the essence of your research and present it to a broader audience (not just me!). In this multimedia presentation, you may choose to do a movie, powerpoint (although not just simple slides – incorporate images, etc.). You also will do a literature review that discusses what other authors in your interdisciplinary areas are saying about your topic.
You also may want to consider the project and paper as an artifact for your e-Portfolio as a demonstration of your ability to work and think with an interdisciplinary perspective. Please note that at the bottom of the page I’ve attached some samples from past courses as examples.
The Research Project Assignment
Create a 7-10 page (not including your works cited page) project including a literature review AND presentation that summarizes this paper. Your project should establish a controversy or problem, then devise an interdisciplinary solution or set of outcomes for that controversy or problem by integrating your two areas or your two areas and minor. (Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science with a Minor in health science)
Research Project Should Contain the following components: Attached
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