Interdisciplinary Co-creative Education Program
Based on the 7 centers under Inter-Departmental Organization for Environment and Energy, the faculties specializing in different environment and energy-related disciplines jointly establish 5 co-creative education courses for the master’s students. The co-creative courses are roughly divided into Energy field, Environment field, and Human Social Science field related to environment and energy. In the Energy field, Advanced Energy course and Next-generation Energy course are established, and 9 departments in Energy Center jointly offer the education program. In the Environment field, Molecular/Bio-environment course and Global/Urban Environment course are established, and in Molecular/Bio-environment course, Bioenvironment Center and Molecular Environmental Center jointly offer the education program, while in Global/Urban Environment course, Space Environmental Center, Global Environmental Center and Urban Environmental Center collectively offer the program. In Human Social Science field, 2 departments in Social System Center jointly offer the education program as Social Economy System course. We newly established comprehensive subjects concerning basic theories that are common to environment and energy fields, taught by faculties in different fields and specialties, in order to pursue the ideal form of interdisciplinary co-creative education.
By effectively integrating the track record of 5 co-creative courses and “Integrated Doctoral Education Program”*1 offered by the Academy, with “Sub-major system” *2 offered in the master’s course of Tokyo Tech, we established an innovative education program transcending the disciplinary borders.
We recommend students to have 2 majors in the master’s course utilizing the existing Sub-major system, through a selection of a course corresponding to one’s own major from the 5 co-creative courses, and a mandatory co-creative course offered by other departments. Furthermore, faculties of other disciplines set up specific interdisciplinary subjects (submission and examination of subjects through 6-month self-study, 2 credits) in co-creative courses of other departments, in addition to specific research conducted in the laboratory of one’s own major; thereby, we depart from the traditional silo approach taken in master’s course research, and establish a new requirement for the master’s course. However, due consideration is given to avoid excessive burden on the students, by including the credits for specific interdisciplinary subject research in the sub-major completion requirement above.
Doctoral students are encouraged to leverage their experience in the specific interdisciplinary subject research to set up topics that are different from the doctoral research in one’s own major, and publish the self-created thesis in academic conferences and research meetings. Our goal is to help students acquire the self-solving capability to conduct unique research proactively without being confined by the disciplinary boundaries, through the specific interdisciplinary subject research in the master’s course as well as the self-created thesis in the doctoral course.
|*1||Under the traditional “Integrated Doctoral Education Program”, students conduct special subject research in one’s own department laboratory within 1.5 to 2 years after entering the master’s course, be admitted to move on to the doctoral course following the submission and review of special subject research equivalent to master’s thesis, experience internship in companies and foreign research organizations for over 3 months, and aim to acquire a doctoral degree in 4 to 5 years.|
|*2||Sub-major system in master’s course is a system in which the sub-major and the class completed are indicated on the transcript for master’s course when the predetermined credit (8 credits and above) is acquired outside of, and qualified by, one’s own department.|