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Partnering for Change: Link Research to Societal Challenges

22/02/2021 04/04/2021

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How can we address societal challenges with research? Investigate principles, processes, and applications of transdisciplinarity in this MOOC co-produced by the Network for Transdisciplinary Research td-net, the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Swiss Universities of Basel, Bern and Geneva, Universities of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and Luzern, ETH Zurich, and University for Teacher Education Zug. 

About the course
In today’s world, we face many complex societal challenges. Projects addressing these challenges often involve actors and stakeholders from different fields and disciplines bringing together their own perspectives or knowledge on a topic. Accordingly, collaborative transdisciplinary approaches are crucial for the success of a project.

The course presents transdisciplinary research as a living experience. With a basis on sound theoretical and methodological background, five outstanding projects illustrate promising different ways of dealing with complex societal challenges. The projects address a) health care for mobile pastoralists, b) water scarcity in the Alps, c) coping with decline in a mountain village, d) labour migration, and e) governance of antimicrobial resistance.Starting from these challenges, the course will take learners on a journey through the main phases and steps of transdisciplinary research projects.

The course consists of six weeks totalling 30 hours’ workload for learners. Each week consists of a mix of formats, including videos, articles, discussions and quizzes. After the first course run, all material, except the interactive parts, will be available year-round and can be integrated in lectures, courses, and self-studies. 

Find the Course Information Overview here.

The next mentored course starts 22 February 2021. The course will be mentored from 22 February to 4 April 2021.

The course will be available on FutureLearn until the end of 2021. Learners have 8 weeks free access to the course (from the date of the course start or their inscription, respectively). 


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