ISGP Courses

Maintaining Continuous Registration

ISGP students must register for their Master’s or PhD theses. Be sure to use the correct course and section numbers. Graduate students must maintain continuous registration each Term in order to be eligible for awards, loans, housing, etc.


Master’s student: INDS 549A section 003 (6-credit Term 1-2)
Doctoral student: INDS 649 section 001 (Term 1-2)


Master’s student: INDS 549A section 941 (6-credit Term 1 & 2)
Doctoral student: INDS 649 section 941 (Term 1 & 2)

All other INDS courses require the permission of the instructor. Please contact the instructor for permission to take the course. The instructor will inform the ISGP office (preferably via e-mail). The ISGP office will then register the student for the course (if you are not an ISGP student, please ensure you contact our office and provide your Name and UBC Student Number for internal registration purposes).

Course Requirement for ISGP PhD students (effective September 2023 incoming cohort)

  • All PhD students at the ISGP are required to take a minimum 12 credits of course work
  • Courses can be a combination of upper-level undergraduate (300’s/400’s) courses and graduate-level courses (500’s/600’s)
  • Courses must be completed within the first two years of program (schedule permitting)
  • Recommended types of course: one interdisciplinary course (INDS 502E or similar), one research methodology course (chosen from the Interdisciplinary Courses (UBC) List or similar), + two foundational courses in areas of research for dissertation
  • INDS 502E is highly recommended as an interdisciplinary and cohort-building course in first semester. Alternately, another interdisciplinary course may be chosen.
  • Maximum of 3 credits can be a Directed Studies course
  • All courses taken, regardless of relevance/requirement, are used to calculate overall minimum academic standing (68%/B-). See policy on “Satisfactory Progress”.

INDS Courses

For courses schedules, times and location, please visit the UBC Calendar for more information.

INDS 502A 001 (Summer Term 1): 3-credit
*IMPORTANT NOTE*: This course will not be offered until further notice.

Arts-based Methods of Inquiry in Health Research
Susan Cox, Associate Professor, W Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, School of Population and Public Health
Gloria Puurveen, Postdoctoral Fellow, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, School of Population and Public Health
This course will provide an introduction to the growing field and range of practices associated with the arts and health.
Course Syllabus: INDS 502A – Arts-based Methods of Inquiry in Health Research

INDS 502C 001 / GRSJ 503D 201 (Winter Term 2): 3-credit
*IMPORTANT NOTE*: This course will not be offered until further notice.
Historical Memory and Social Reconstruction
Instructor: Dr. Pilar Riano-Alcala
Course Outline: Seminar Historical Memory and Social Reconstruction

INDS 502E 001 (Winter Term 1): 3-credit
Methodologies of Crossing: Exploring Interdisciplinary Knowledges, Trajectories, and Worldviews
Instructor: Dr. Rajdeep Gill
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location (during In-Person portion): ANSO 205, 6303 NW Marine Drive
Hybrid (alternating month): In-Person September, November, December (Sep 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5); Online October (Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
This course offers a creative and collaborative approach to understanding and exploring interdisciplinary constructions of knowledges across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The methodological, structural and socio-ecological contours of diverse historical and contemporary formations of interdisciplinarity will be intricately examined. There will be a strongly focus on the interrelationship of knowledges and value, interdisciplinarities and public reason. Along with in-depth dialogue and experiential learning, guest speakers from the UBC community and beyond will be invited to enrich interdisciplinary engagement and learning. A supportive and exploratory space will be created for connecting interdisciplinarity to the specific research, methodological and personal interests of each course participant. No background in interdisciplinary research is required, and students from any and all areas of study are welcome. Curiosity, adventurousness, imagination and creativity will be encouraged. The desire to expand avenues of knowledge exchange and translation across academic, community and public contexts will be welcomed and supported.
Methodologies of Crossing (21W) Course Syllabus

INDS 502F 001 (Winter Term 1): 3-credit
*IMPORTANT NOTE*: This course is cancelled until further notice.
Dr. Janusz Korczak’s Legacy: Children’s Rights are Human Rights
Instructors: Dr. Nancy Bell, Dr. Lauryn Oates
Day/Time: Fridays, 12:00 – 3:00pm
Location (during In-Person portion): SCRF 201, 2125 Main Mall
Hybrid (alternating week): In-Person: September 8, 22, October 6, 20, November 3, 17
Online: September 15, 29, October 13, 27, November 10, 24
Featuring Dr. Korczak’s legacy, this course introduces students to the foundations of children’s human rights. This course offers interdisciplinary graduate students an opportunity to advance their knowledge by exploring children’s human rights’ historical, socio-cultural, legal, and institutional contexts as well as Korczak’s enduring contributions to improving children’s lives.  The course proposes to critically examine relevant scholarly debates across disciplines, current issues, and implementation approaches, including those intended to remedy children’s human rights violations while considering ‘real world’ practices and child-centred, rights-based approaches to domestic and global issues across disciplines. Course content includes lectures, case study analysis, discussion, guest speakers, and diverse resources including scholars and practitioners, films, and readings. Students are encouraged to reflect upon children’s embeddedness within all aspects of society and how child-centred research, policy, and practice agendas, addressing critical societal issues, might take account of human rights and children’s everyday world intersections with the ultimate goal of improving children’s lives.
INDS 502F Syllabus

Acknowledgement: The course is generously sponsored by the Janusz Korczak Association of Canada

INDS 502K 001 / MEDG 535 001 (Winter Term 2): 3-credit
Genetics and Ethics
Instructor: Dr. Alice Virani
Course Outline: INDS 502K / MEDG 535

INDS 502S 007 / SPPH 523 002 (Winter Term 2): 3-credit
Global Health and Human Security
Dr.  Jerry Spiegel
Course Outline: INDS 502S / SPPH 523

INDS 502T 001 (Winter Term 2): 3-credit
Collaborative Transdisciplinary Research
Instructor: Dr. Tom Scholte
Day/Time: Mondays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location: PCN 1001, 6445 University Boulevard
This graduate course will offer an in-depth analysis of different forms, applications and practices of transdisciplinary research. It aims to foster the understanding and critical investigation of diverse epistemological, methodological and socio-cultural frameworks (i.e. ways of thinking and research traditions), with a focus on how to draw from different frameworks to achieve objectives of transdisciplinary and/or collaborative research projects. As an advanced practice course, it is meant to facilitate graduate student capability to engage in such research. Using examples of exemplary transdisciplinary work and their own nascent projects, participants will address questions, problems and opportunities for applying transdisciplinary, collaborative research approaches to complex domains. Students will work through the formulation of research questions for transdisciplinary inquiry, and the development of transdisciplinary epistemologies, methodologies and identities. Practical guidance on translating discipline- and sector-specific vocabularies, negotiating disciplinary tensions, and navigating dynamics of collaboration will be provided.  Participants will evaluate the impact objectives of their intended scholarly work, reflect upon researchers’ ethical commitment to society, and consider avenues for engaging research partners within and beyond the academy and planning for public scholarship activity.

INDS 502U 001 / SPPH 519 002 (Winter Term 2): 3-credit
Qualitative Methods in Applied Ethics Research
Dr. Susan Cox
Course Outline: INDS 502U

Directed Studies Courses

Directed Studies (or Independent Studies) are courses that you design in consultation with either your direct co-supervisor(s) or a faculty member in your relevant research area. Under the guidance of the instructor, you can submit course proposal for approval by the ISGP Program Chair. Once your course proposal has been approved, the ISGP office will register you into a Directed Studies course section.

ISGP Directed Studies Proposal Form