SCIALL (IDC4UP): Grade 12 Interdisciplinary Studies [university level]
Most essential questions humans ask are interdisciplinary in nature. This course will help students develop and consolidate the skills required for and knowledge of different subjects and disciplines to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline. Students will apply the principles and process of inquiry and research. They will also assess their own cognitive and effective strategies, apply general skills in both familiar and new context, create innovative products and create new knowledge. The teacher in this course is seen as a facilitator of discussions and learning and not a unique source of the information. Students will explore various school subjects, specifically in Computer Science, Mathematical Logic and Metaphysics. Computer Science and Mathematical Logic will focus on reasoning skills and theories as opposed to actual computing. Metaphysics, namely Ontology, is concerned with explaining the ultimate nature of being and the world. Humans specialize in various disciplines in isolation without seeing a connection between them; without seeing that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. This and other issues will be the subject of this interdisciplinary course. Students will explore elements of the theory of thinking and problem solving. Students will look at currently resolved and unresolved problems that still haunt mankind.
Students are expected to think and problem solve using group debates, presentations and written submissions. Extensive problem solving and logic skills will be developed. No computer programming/engineering skills are necessary or will be used for this course.