There are many current issues and challenges faced in our pluralistic society eg. diversity and inclusivity, changing demographics, environmental concerns, or sustainable practices, among others – all of which require a multi-pronged approach, and interdisciplinary collaboration and problem solving, in order to address some of these issues and challenges.
In this module, students will be applying the principles and mindset of being socially attuned and human-centered to understand the interdisciplinary and diverse factors, concerns, needs and expectations that different stakeholders in society have, when addressing these issues and challenges. Throughout the module, students will put aside their assumptions and biases, and objectively learn and understand real-life and current issues and challenges, through observation, personal engagement of stakeholders, interviews and various other outreach and participation methods. In turn, students will propose a socially innovative solution to address the issue(s) or challenge(s) identified, drawing from their project team’s interdisciplinary background and expertise.
This experience will nurture students’ ability to see the broader connection of issues and challenges, and bring about an awareness of the multiple considerations that need to be weighed in, including social, environmental, and sustainability factors, in the planning and decision making process involved in the course of their work – being cognisant of the circular economy, how companies operate, and corresponding investments made in the sectors involved. This experience will also prepare students for the multi-disciplinary nature of work teams and demands of stakeholders, regardless of the industry they venture into after graduation from SIT.
The module is part of the university-wide suite of interdisciplinary initiatives that bring students from different disciplines together.