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The University of Southampton

RESM6309 Working Across Disciplines

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to engaging with interdisciplinarity in research practice. The module will involve co-production among students and faculty from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, across all three institutions in the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership. Engaging with this diversity of perspectives will give MSc students the opportunity to sharpen their research interests and will allow PGR students to reflect on and discuss their research projects.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Distinguish different perspectives within and across diverse disciplines in the social sciences and beyond
  • Engage in productive dialogue and/or collaboration with scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds and with different substantive expertise
  • Apply insights, ideas, perspectives and tools from different disciplinary backgrounds to their own research agenda


Please see the resources tab for two suggested readings as background for the module. Students will be expected to identify and share key readings with each other in preparation for learning activities in class and afterwards.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be organised around core research skills and practices at the heart of interdisciplinary scholarship. There will be three full-day (10am-4pm) workshops spread throughout the year. The workshops will be shared across the 3 institutions (Brighton-Portsmouth-Southampton). Each will engage students and faculty from each of the Thematic Cluster Pathways (TCP). Workshops will revolve around the following key themes: 1) entering the interdisciplinary academy, 2) collaborating in interdisciplinary research, and 3) gaining insight from interdisciplinarity. Workshops will consist of a mix of teaching and learning activities, including methods such as panel discussions, small group exercises, peer review exercises, practice presentations, Q and A sessions, and group debriefs and discussions.

Preparation for scheduled sessions54
Wider reading or practice22
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Rethinking interdisciplinarity across the social sciences and neurosciences. .

After method: mess in social science research. .



MethodPercentage contribution
Poster  (800 words) 100%
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