Introduction to Cross-Disciplinary Strategies

Birgit Peterson
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2024S, Proseminar (PS), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S05176


This course introduces cross-disciplinary strategies, as well within academia as for finding solutions for problems in general. We will provide collaborative hands-on experiences guided by theoretical and historical knowledge on inter- and trans- and cross-disciplinarity. 

 Therefore, preparative work and active participation in the groupwork-sessions is mandatory.

Within this course…

  • we will discuss various definitions and the meaning of Cross -Disciplinarity to situate various forms of cross-disciplinarity in our academic knowledge culture.
  • we elaborate problem-focused vs. academically oriented cross-disciplinary research.
  • we enroll an easy-to-follow cross-disciplinary research process model.
  • we introduce system mapping to visualize complex real-world problems.
  • participants are engaged actively in cross-disciplinary perspective taking.
  • we will highlight the potential for art-based interventions in different phases of cross-disciplinary research processes.
  • we try to transfer the discussed options for cross-disciplinary strategies to your plans for your projects and thesis within the CDS study program.

Examination Modalities

Summative examination system:

Full participation at the sessions in class is demanded as well as the fulfillment of preparatory homework before each class.

There will be no final exam.





26 April 2024, 09:30–12:30 CDS Lecture Room (guest lecture: Peter Hochenauer)
28 May 2024, 13:00–16:00 CDS Lecture Room (guest lecture: Peter Hochenauer)
11 June 2024, 13:00–16:00 Seminar Room 34 (guest lecture: Peter Hochenauer)
21 June 2024, 09:30–12:30 Seminar Room 34 (guest lecture: Peter Hochenauer)

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00 to 15 April 2024, 23:59
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 1-3: Study Area 1: Artistic Strategies and Approaches to Art 569/020.01

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 4-6: Study Area 5: Communication and Cooperation Strategies 569/022.05

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Global Challenges and Cross-Disciplinary Capabilities: Foundation: Introduction to Cross-Disciplinary Strategies 700/005.01

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible