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Interdisciplinary CSL course 2: addressing challenges through transdisciplinary research

The interdisciplinary CSL 2 course welcomes Master's students from any disciplinary background to engage in inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge co-creation, and experience real-life research. You will be challenged to step out of your bubble and collaborate across and beyond the campus. You will become part of a cross-disciplinary student team, but also work together closely with communities, companies, organisations, and governments.

About the course: addressing challenges through transdisciplinary research
The Interdisciplinary Community Service Learning 2 (iCSL2) course is a part-time course, spread out over a 21-week period (6 ECTS). In the course you address challenges related to:

  • (Just) energy transitions
  • Food system transformation
  • Inclusive and resilient cities
  • Creating spaces for mental strength

What will you do in this course?
You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of students and interact with societal partners. Each member of the team tackles one aspect of the larger challenge, using their own disciplinary knowledge, insights, experiences, and methods. You will investigate these different disciplinary subquestions in the context of your individual thesis, graduation project, or internship.

You will meet periodically with your interdisciplinary team to integrate the insights from all projects, and consider the wider implications on the level of the overarching societal problem. At the end of the course, you deliver an interdisciplinary report and present your findings back to both a scientific and a societal audience, during a public dialogue event (part of the NWO-funded project Science with Society)

What will you learn?
By reporting the outcomes back to the societal actors, you contribute to actual societal impact and drive positive transformations in society. After this course, you will be able to integrate knowledge and insights from different disciplines in order to produce results, insights, and solutions for various complex societal challenges that transcend disciplines and organisational barriers. You will develop career-oriented skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and cultural understanding.

Exchange through public dialogue

"one of the most interesting aspects of co-creation is the engagement, where all the citizens, the political actors, and the administrators can be involved together with the students and experts from the universities"

More information

  • Admission

    Every Master's student is eligible to take part in this course. We have students from many different universities, a large variety of disciplines and all kinds of Master's programmes. 

    Please note that an intake interview is required. For more information, please contact course coordinator Eduardo Urias.

  • Period

    This course runs in period 4-6: from February till June. It is a is a part-time course, spread out over a 21-week period.

  • ECTS

    Completing this course results in 6 ECTS credits. 

    If your own programme’s curriculum and exam board allow, you can include this course in your study plan as an elective. If not, then you can take this course extracurricularly. In either case you will receive credits upon the successful completion of the course, and the course can be added to your Master's diploma. Contact your own programme’s coordinator or study advisor to discuss the possibilities.

  • Enrolment

    VU Master's students can enrol via Find the course in the study guide (AM_1253).

    If you are from another university and you would like to enrol in this course, please contact course coordinator Eduardo Urias.

  • Q&A sessions

    Interested in learning more, or have any questions? Register for one of the online Q&A sessions:

    • Wednesday 10th January 12:00-13:00  
    • Wednesday 17th January 16:00-17:00 
    • Wednesday 24th January 12:00-13:00 
    • Wednesday 31st January 16:00-17:00 


Come to a Q&A session or contact us

Athena Institute, Faculty of Science
Science building (W&N), 5th floor, wing C


Dr. Eduardo Muniz Pereira Urias