While methodology courses are found in many graduate programs, that practice faces challenges in the setting of an interdisciplinary studies program. Because the Draper program is predicated on methodological experimentation and encourages the intermingling of methods from a diverse array of schools of thought, the traditional approach of defining a core set of methodologies is in some ways anathema to the program’s mission.
So we must ask then, “what is an interdisciplinary methodology?” This course will not seek to answer this question but persistently repose the question over the course of a semester. Rather than being taught a series of established approaches and schema, students will explore how to understand the parameters of traditional disciplinary methodologies, how to deconstruct their functions and histories, and how to rethink their application and even develop their own methodological approaches to their work.
This structure allows for a fluid investigation of the practice of research and scholarship through a process-oriented critical inquiry of a wide range of fields. Students will develop their research and composition skills across a variety of media, be exposed to different theoretical approaches to scholarship, explore practice-based experience with a range of publication formats (both digital and analog), and begin preparation for the journey towards the final capstone project.