Cross-disciplinary Project Work I

Katharina Gsöllpointner
Arts and Society, International Programs in Sustainable Developments
2021S, Projektarbeit (PA), 12.0 ECTS, 4.0 semester hours, course number S03707


Students will realise a cross-disciplinary semester project related to either

  1. their master thesis project,
  2. a freely selected topic in the context of the Grand Global Challenges/SDGs, or
  3. the programme’s semester topic (tba).

Along this cross-disciplinary project they will learn how to conceive, plan, organize, produce, and realize complex projects across and ‘between’ disciplines, societal fields, cultural understandings, and other diversities. A focus will be put on the collaboration with intra- as well as non-Angewandte players, such as university peers, NGOs, activist groups, external artists, scholars, scientists, etc. 

A relatively small part of the course is theoretical groundwork which will be covered by a reading list with relevant texts on the contexts of  inter-, cross-, and transdisciplinarity as well as topics of sustainability and art.

Details will be announced and discussed during the first class' "preliminary discussion".

With preferential treatment of GCSD students, students from all disciplines and fields who are interested in the topic and are willing to contribute a project work are cordially welcome.

Examination Modalities

Examination and grading is based on the following parameters:

- Mandatory attendance at all classes (a successful completion requires at least 80%)

- Active participation during class, excursions, guest lectures, and field trips

- Realisation of a cross-disciplinary project, consisting of

  1. a practical-organisational implementation of the project;
  2. a written paper;
  3. a presentation of the project at end of semester.



The course is intended mainly to introduce GCSD master students to cross-disciplinary work. Students from other departments, faculties, or universities are cordially invited to enrol and will be given a place on the course subject to room capacities.

The course is planned optimisticly and eagerly to take place in presence. However, the COVID-19 regulations might make a (temporary) distance learning inevitable. In that case, structure and methods of teaching will be adapted accordingly.

Key Words

Cross-disciplinarity, Sustainability


02 March 2021, 10:15–13:30 Seminar Room 4 (preliminary discussion)
09 March 2021, 10:15–13:30 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Class takes place on zoom. Presentation of the cooperation project 'Climate Walk' and discussion of project participation"
16 March 2021, 10:15–13:30 Seminar Room 4 , "Visit of exhibition: 'Cybernetics of the Poor' (Kunsthalle Wien) "
23 March 2021, 10:15–13:30 Seminar Room 4 , "Excursion to 'Applied Bees'; visit of exhibition 'Life Constantly Escapes' (Kunstraum Niederösterreich)"
13 April 2021, 10:15–13:30 Seminar Room 4
27 April 2021, 10:15–13:30 Seminar Room 4
04 May 2021, 10:15–13:30 Seminar Room 4
14 May 2021, 10:00–18:00, "Climate Walk excursion"
15 May 2021, 10:00–18:00, "Climate Walk excursion"
18 May 2021, 10:15–13:30 Seminar Room 4
08 June 2021, 10:15–13:30 Seminar Room 4
22 June 2021, 10:15–13:30
29 June 2021, 10:15–13:30

Course Enrolment

From 01 February 2021, 08:00 to 02 March 2021, 10:15
Via online registration

Global Challenges and Sustainable Developments (Master): Managing Cross-Disciplinary Projects: Cross-Disciplinary Project Work I-II

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible