Since the inception of the Teaching Lab, the IIS has taken up various projects that have led to innovative teaching activities. The projects vary considerably in length. Below you will find an overview of several interdisciplinary teaching activities that have been developed in partnership between the faculties and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies.
The Game Studies Master's track teaches students about how games can help solve problems in society, in areas such as education or health care. Students are trained in how to convert clients' requirements into innovative gaming concepts that integrate scientific insights with new game design and technology. It is an interdisciplinary programme at the interface of information studies, psychology, media studies (including new media) and intelligent computer systems. The Game Studies Master's track was developed by the Teaching Lab in 2012-2013 on behalf of the Faculty of Science and commenced in September 2013.
On 1 September 2014, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) will launch a new interdisciplinary study programme in English: Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE). Students will learn to analyse the complexity of society, organisations and societal challenges by integrating theories and methods from psychology, political science, law and economics. They will learn to develop strategies for developing solutions that are both effective and produce a reliable social support base. Commissioned by the faculties of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences and Economics and Business, the IIS fulfilled the role of education developer and process manager.
In the Tesla minor, students learn how to apply their scientific and academic knowledge from their Master's outside the university, by carrying out a project for a client. The Tesla minor was developed on behalf of the Faculty of Science and was launched in the second semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. The Tesla minor will be offered again in the second semester of 2013-2014.
To challenge excellent students from day one, the first group of Natural Sciences and Future Planet Studies first-years started a pre-Honours programme in September 2013. Students with top marks on their pre-university school-leaving examinations were invited to take part. Among other things, these students visited the 3D printer at Tolhuistuin, and the Faculty of Science's observatory dome. They also took a column-writing workshop led by Volkskrant columnist Sheila Sitalsing.
Science for Sustainability is a minor for science master students who want to make a connection between their scientific background and the societal challenge to enhance a sustainable future. Students learn to combine scientific and transformational knowledge with insights in economics and politics. The final aim is to come to science based solutions for pressing issues such as climate change, the need to safeguard our environment and the global demand for energy, water and food. The minor is an initiative of the Graduate School of Science and the Graduate School of Life and Earth Sciences in cooperation with the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies. The minor is open to all students who enroll in a two-year Master’s programme at the Faculty of Science of the UvA.