Adventures with Breadth: A story of interdisciplinary innovation

Curriculum design

The Melbourne Model proposes an undergraduate education that develops ‘breadth’, i.e. contrasting, complementary or integrative studies as well as the necessary ‘depth’ in discipline specialisation. Over the three years of the six New Generation degrees—Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science—students are required to take 25% of their subjects from studies outside their home faculty, or from a suite of interdisciplinary university breadth subjects (UBS), each of which must draw their knowledge base from the sciences, humanities 2 and social sciences. These university breadth subjects are expected to explore areas of inquiry that, because of their complexity, cannot be adequately surveyed by a single discipline.

Adventures With Bredth reports on the first iteration of one of the most distinctive features of the New Generation degrees, a University Breadth Subject.

Authors: Janet McCalman, Loris Muir and Christopher Soeterboek

Published: 2008

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Curriculum design

Curriculum design