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Cross-disciplinary courses are becoming more common in many tertiary institutions. This issue of CDTL Brief on Crossdisciplinary Teaching and Learning discusses issues that concern cross-disciplinary studies.

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October 2006, Vol. 9, No. 5 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Religion as a Heuristic Anchor: Studying the Various Interdisciplinary Approaches
Dr Julius Bautista
Visiting Fellow
Department of South East Asian Studies
XD2101 "Approaches to the Study of Religion" is a module that aims to introduce students to the history of religious studies through a review of the different ways religion has been understood and defined. Continue reading


Teaching "Simplicity"
Dr Rajesh R. Parwani
University Scholars Programme and Department of Physics
In this article I discuss my experience in teaching UQR2206 "Simplicity", a module in the University Scholars Programme. UQR2206 is a science/ technology-based module without prerequisites and open to USP students from all faculties. Continue reading


Cross-disciplinary Theories for Cross-disciplinary Teaching
Dr Mosseri Avraham
The David Azrieli School of Architecture, Faculty of the Arts
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Cross-disciplinary teaching is one of the most important and complicated issues in pedagogy characterised mainly by specialisation and the appearance of new disciplines today. In this new reality, there is a big need for courses that provide students with a wider view of lateral connections between disciplines. Continue reading


Behavioural Studies in Real Estate: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Real Estate Education and Research
Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
Department of Real Estate
On 13 June 2005, the Board of Directors of a renowned international property company decided to purchase a piece of land in Shanghai to develop a shopping mall. The main motivation for purchasing the land was to increase the company's presence in Shanghai despite the relatively low Net Present Value (NPV) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of real estate investment in China. Continue reading